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Public education dealt major blow by Greitens

Public education dealt major blow by Greitens

December 7, 2017

"Call the Tune" by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com We used to think that Jay Nixon was the worst governor to serve Missouri. Quite frankly, we didn’t think Nixon could do any worse as governor than he did as attorney general, but his abysmal performance in the state’s top office...

Greitens’ appointees oust Missouri education commissioner

Greitens’ appointees oust Missouri education commissioner

December 6, 2017

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Gov. Eric Greitens ousted the state’s top education official through a new State Board of Education majority last week after months of maneuvering. But a south county resident on the board sees the move as a step backward for education...

Some Mehlville test scores up, but district lags behind peers

Students in the Summer Acceleration program held in June 2017 at Blades Elementary in Oakville learn how to make slime.

December 1, 2017

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville School District improved some of its state test scores this year, but it continues to lag behind other area districts at key grade levels and subjects despite an emphasis last year on improving test scores. Mehlville improved...

Mehlville officials look to kick start innovation at middle schools

Students in the Summer Acceleration program held in June 2017 at Blades Elementary in Oakville learn how to make slime.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

November 17, 2017

The Mehlville School District is looking at how to kick start innovation in its four middle schools in a big way next year by expanding the 1:1 laptop program and possibly opening an academy of innovation. The possibility of starting unique “schools within a school” in Mehlville’s middle schools...

Mehlville enrollment down; trend will last

Students in the Summer Acceleration program held in June 2017 at Blades Elementary in Oakville learn how to make slime.

October 13, 2017

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville School District’s enrollment is down this year and will continue to fall in future years, according to projections from the district’s demographer. Enrollment for the year was officially taken on Sept. 29, and continued the...

Gaines recaps changes, looks to district’s future

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

September 26, 2017

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com In his third annual Mehlville State of the District address last week, Superintendent Chris Gaines recapped the many headline-grabbing changes in the district last year and what could be in store for students from the smaller behind-the-scenes...

Letter writer doesn’t share Gaines’ enthusiasm for summer school

Letters to the editor

September 26, 2017

Letter to the Editor To the editor: The Call’s Sept. 7 article about the Mehlville School District’s way of “making money” praises the vision and efforts of Superintendent Chris Gaines’ expansion of summer school. The main purpose of this effort is to increase revenue to the school dis...

UPDATED: Aldi drops plans to build store next to Oakville Middle, Wohlwend Elementary, officials say

The Aldi would be built to the right of the driveway in this photo, facing Telegraph Road. Wohlwend Elementary is immediately to the left from this photo angle. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

September 25, 2017

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewpapers.com Gaines doesn’t think district will try to sell property again Updated Sept. 29 with statement from Aldi. Aldi has dropped plans to build a store next to two schools on Telegraph Road in Oakville due to the potential “costs and rest...

WATCH: Mehlville superintendent delivers third State of the District address

September 23, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLP1ro2cUGQ Mehlville Superintendent Chris Gaines delivered his third State of the District address at the William B. Nottelmann Auditorium at Mehlville High School Monday night, focusing on a review of the many changes in the district during the past year. Watch...

Mehlville superintendent proposes plan to raze Witzel Learning Center, Central Office

The Witzel Learning Center, pictured the night the Mehlville Facilities Committee agreed by consensus to tear the 80-year-old building down. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

September 15, 2017

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com The original Mehlville High School building most recently known as the Witzel Learning Center has stood along Lemay Ferry Road for nearly 80 years, but it may not make it to 90. Superintendent Chris Gaines hopes to move forward with a plan...

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