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St. Louis County school districts, including Mehlville and Lindbergh, weigh whether to postpone fall sports as parents protest

The rain-delayed matchup between Lindbergh High School and Mehlville High School Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, had all the ingredients of a state playoff game, despite being the first week of the 2019 season. Mehlville fell to Lindbergh 17-10. Photo by Bill Milligan.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

September 15, 2020

St. Louis County school districts, including Mehlville and Lindbergh, are weighing whether to postpone fall sports to the spring as parents protest the county’s sports restrictions aimed at preventing COVID-19 among teenagers. Surrounding counties such as Jefferson and St. Charles have started their...

Mehlville’s State of the District continues in pandemic, with no audience

Mehlville Superintendent Chris Gaines gives the State of the District speech in 2017.

September 14, 2020

Mehlville Superintendent Chris Gaines will still make his “State of the District” address during a global pandemic, but the speech will be in a different format this year. The sixth annual "State of the District" is Gaines' annual report to the community on its school district. This year, the...

Oakville still adds more COVID-19 cases than any other ZIP code, but cases trending down from August highs

The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force presented this slide Sept. 9, 2020, showing Oakville with the most cases of any other ZIP code in the 15-county region.

September 11, 2020

Oakville is again the ZIP code seeing the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the entire St. Louis metropolitan region, but the number of cases is down from the highs of a month ago. The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force again singled out Oakville in data released Wednesday as the ZIP c...

Mehlville K-2 students will move from all-virtual to in-person school

An Oakville Elementary student the first day of school.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

The Mehlville School District is bringing back preschool and kindergarten through second-grade students for in-person learning in classrooms beginning Tuesday, Sept. 22, the district announced Thursday. The move follows St. Louis County’s switch Wednesday to recommend K-2 students resume classes in pe...

Mehlville school board decides not to place bond issue for facilities on November ballot

Pictured above, Superintendent Chris Gaines asks supporters at a 2015 rally for Prop R to help him get out the vote so that he can hire reading coaches and keep experienced teachers in the district. Behind him are the Mehlville High School Pantherettes and the Oakville High School Golden Girls.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 20, 2020

The Mehlville Board of Education declined Thursday night to place a no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the Nov. 3 ballot, citing concerns that the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic as well the district’s decision to start the school year virtually would present challenges for successfully ...

Mehlville Board of Education votes on possible bond issue tonight

Pictured above, Superintendent Chris Gaines asks supporters at a 2015 rally for Prop R to help him get out the vote so that he can hire reading coaches and keep experienced teachers in the district. Behind him are the Mehlville High School Pantherettes and the Oakville High School Golden Girls.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 20, 2020

The Mehlville Board of Education will vote tonight — Thursday, Aug. 20 — whether to place a 12-cent no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election. The Board of Education will consider Superintendent Chris Gaines’ recommendation for a no-tax-rate-increase ballot measure for the upcoming...

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in every South County ZIP code; task force singles it out as pandemic hotspot

The slide shown by the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force last week that singled out South County as a coronavirus hotspot.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 17, 2020

Coronavirus cases have continued to rise in South County in the week since it was singled out as a virus hotspot in the St. Louis metropolitan region, even as cases began to decline in other areas. Reporting data on case counts and hospital admissions from the four major hospital systems that make up t...

Despite widespread interest, only one parent speaks on holding Mehlville classes in person

The Point Eagle mascot passes out Chromebooks at a drive-thru event in March 2020.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 17, 2020

With all the discussion going on about whether schools should start in person or virtually this fall, only one parent came to the Mehlville Board of Education’s Aug. 5 meeting where the board decided to start the year all-virtual. One district parent, Chrissy Kaiser, urged the board during public comments to ...

Mehlville looks at bond issue in November, eyes an August vote

Mehlville Proposition R organizer Kimberly Hanan-West hugs Assistant Superintendent Jeff Bresler after seeing the first results at the Prop R victory party in November 2015. In the background, Superintendent Chris Gaines looks at election results with Dan Fowler.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

July 21, 2020

The Mehlville Board of Education will decide Aug. 20 whether to move ahead with a no-tax-rate-increase ballot measure for voters to weigh, and whether to move ahead in either November or April. Contingent on the board’s approval, the ballot measure would include money for operations and a possible $...

Mehlville and teachers sign on for 4-percent hike

Mehlville Board of Education member Jean Pretto and CFO Marshall Crutcher discuss the 2020 budget during a meeting June 5, 2019 at Mehlville High School.

August 1, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Negotiations between the Mehlville School District and teachers were extended this year due to new state laws that govern what topics can and can’t be included in the annual talks. The Board of Education unanimously approved a memorandum...

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