Students in south county go back to school with new superintendents and principals


Above, Oakville Elementary students Baileigh Holland, Logan Woods, Tommy Schoen and Hanna Backs walk into school together on the first day. Their school got a new principal, Kimberly Tooley.

Students celebrate their first day

School districts across south county had their first day of school last week.

The Mehlville School District went back to school Aug. 15, and schools have been hosting open houses, “meet the teacher” nights, picnics, popsicle playdates and more in anticipation.

Both Lindbergh Schools and the Affton School District have new superintendents this year, Tony Lake in Lindbergh, who most recently served as the chief operations officer of the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas, and Travis Bracht in Affton, who is moving up from assistant superintendent.

Mehlville also has a new principal at Oakville Elementary, Kimberly Tooley, as Chad Dickemper moves to Central Office to oversee strategy.

Close to 7,000 Lindbergh Flyers, ranging from preschoolers to high-school seniors, met their teachers and classmates on the first day of school, Aug. 16.

Lindbergh also welcomed new principals: Patrick Schoenekase at Dressel and Christina Phillips at Long, along with Lauren Boeger at Sperreng and Jana Parker at Central Office as director of innovation and gifted.