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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 ...

All South County school districts go virtual, with Lindbergh keeping K-3 in classroom

Isad Menkovic, a third-grade student at Oakville Elementary, completes a math lesson.

By Gloria Lloyd and Erin Achenbach

August 12, 2020

All five South County school districts are mostly going virtual to start the school year due to rising cases of the coronavirus in St. Louis County. Four of the five districts —  Mehlville, Affton, Bayless and Hancock —  will be all-virtual to start. Lindbergh changed its earlier released plan to ...

Mehlville Board of Education votes to start school year virtually

A Mehlville School District employee hands out emergency food boxes from Operation Food Search to students receiving grab-and-go meals while students are out of school during the pandemic.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 5, 2020

The Mehlville Board of Education voted unanimously in an in-person meeting Wednesday night to  start the 2020-2021 school year entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising cases in the St. Louis region.  The meeting took place in the William B. Nottelmann Auditorium at Mehlville High S...

Mehlville unsure if students will be back in buildings in fall

A rainy day greeted students for their first day of elementary school in 2018 at Oakville Elementary.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 3, 2020

Most St. Louis County school districts release their reopening plans July 20, but at The Call’s press deadline the Mehlville School District had not yet decided whether it will return to school buildings in August. The two versions of Mehlville education that could happen this fall as COVID-19 cases r...

Mehlville is unsure if students will be back in buildings in fall, wants more feedback

Students graduate from Oakville High School in a socially distanced in-person graduation Sunday. The district is not sure it will return to school in person in the fall.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

July 20, 2020

As most St. Louis County school districts release their reopening plans Monday, the Mehlville School District has not yet decided whether it will return to school buildings in August. Mehlville Superintendent Chris Gaines wrote in an email to parents, “Our goal has always been to have students an...

Mehlville weighs bond issue for November 3

Mehlville School District residents celebrate the historic passage of Proposition R at a victory party at Andre's South in 2015. Prop R passed with nearly 73 percent of the vote.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

July 9, 2020

This is the second article in a two-part series about a potential Mehlville School District bond issue. See the first article in this two-part series here.  The Mehlville Board of Education will consider placing a no-tax rate-increase measure on the ballot Nov. 3 when it meets next week, following the c...

Coronavirus makes status of future Mehlville bond issue uncertain

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.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

July 3, 2020

This is the first in a two-part series about a potential Mehlville School District bond issue. See the second article in this two-part series in the July 9 print edition of The Call. In the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mehlville School District is wondering if it will be able to move ...

Mehlville buys property next to Oakville Elementary

Oakville Elementary students Baileigh Holland, Logan Woods, Tommy Schoen and Hanna Backs walk into school together on the first day in 2018.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 25, 2020

For the first time in many years, the Mehlville School District has bought property to expand its footprint. The Board of Education voted unanimously in closed session April 28 to purchase the property immediately west of Oakville Elementary School at 2941 Yaeger Road for up to $300,000. The distri...

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