Rudoff recommending Bee, Kienstra for re-election to Lindbergh board

To the editor:

Former Texas football coach Darrell Royal was once asked which players he intended to start for a title game.

Royal pondered the question and responded, “Well, we’re gonna dance with who brung us.” His decision to stay with the players who brought him success reflected confidence his team was on the right track.

Royal’s adage is applicable today as we look to fill our dance card April 5 for election of Lindbergh Schools Board of Education directors.

Lindbergh’s schools are experiencing unprecedented success with the highest MAP scores in the state. District facilities have been maintained through prudent bond issues. The district’s financial management has earned the highest bond rating available for any Missouri public education institution.

Lindbergh’s honors and gifted programs are the envy of other districts. Attendance and graduation rates are among the best in the state. Lindbergh Schools has been accredited by Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and recognized for “performance with distinction” for the past 10 years. The Missouri School Boards Association has cited the performance and leadership of Lindbergh’s board for four consecutive years as a finalist for Missouri Outstanding Board of Education.

Don Bee and Kathy Kienstra are two of the members of Lindbergh’s board seeking re-election. Both are Lindbergh graduates with family roots deep within the Lindbergh community. Both are educators — Don Bee is a retired coach and teacher in Lindbergh Schools and Kathy Kienstra is a member of the St. Louis University faculty. During the past three years, both Don and Kathy have diligently served on Lindbergh’s board, accepting key appointments and roles on statewide committees as well as task groups directly interfacing with