Superintendent Chris Gaines

Mehlville rolls back tax rate; home values up 12 percent

Pictured above: 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. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville Board of Education unanimously voted to roll back the district’s blended tax rate 35 cents

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The story behind Mehlville assignment that made world headlines

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com A Mehlville School District teacher got international attention for an assignment asking students to “set your price for a slave,” but the parent who objected does not want to see her fired. A fifth-grade teacher at Blades Elementary in Oakville is on paid administrative leave after giving students an

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Class assignment asking students to ‘set your price for a slave’ gets international attention

Pictured above: The question about slaves on a class assignment handed out at Blades Elementary last week. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville School District is getting international attention for a Blades Elementary assignment in which a teacher asked students to “set your price for a slave.” A fifth-grade teacher at Blades Elementary

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Mehlville state test scores go up; DESE changes test again

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville School District showed academic improvement in key statewide test scores released last month, but yet another change in how Missouri reports its scores makes it impossible to directly compare test scores over time. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE, released the 2019 Missouri

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In ‘State of the District,’ Gaines outlines Mehlville’s reliance on strategy

Pictured above: In the Rogers Elementary first-day-of-school scavenger hunt, second-grader Aleah Jacobsmeyer, right, and other students went straight to the top for help, asking Superintendent Chris Gaines if he fit any of their categories. He checked the box ‘I like vegetables.’  By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Mehlville School District Superintendent Chris Gaines presented his fifth

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Mehlville will roll back rates at tax-rate hearing Sept. 24

Pictured above: Mehlville Board of Education member Jean Pretto and CFO Marshall Crutcher discuss the 2020 budget during an insurance committee meeting June 5, 2019 at Mehlville High School. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  The Mehlville Board of Education will consider rolling back tax rates when it meets for its annual

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Gaines to give 2019’s State of the District

In his annual report to the community on its school district, Mehlville Superintedent Chris Gaines will make his annual “State of the District” address on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The address starts at 7 p.m. and will be held at Nottelmann Auditorium, 3200 Lemay Ferry Road. The speech will be recorded, but the district is not

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Mehlville bans bags and backpacks from all sporting events in wake of violence at football games

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Pictured above: The rain-delayed matchup between Lindbergh High School and Mehlville High School Saturday 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.  Bags and backpacks will no longer be allowed at

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Mehlville Listens: You have a voice in our future

Another View By Chris Gaines Mehlville Listens: Your Schools. Your Voice. Our Future. For the past three years, Mehlville School District has operated in alignment with our strategic plan. This plan guides our work to prepare students for their future, support teachers and create an effective and efficient school district. Our current strategic plan was

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