Superintendent Chris Gaines

Superintendents nationwide learn from Mehlville students

Naperville Central High Innovation Director Tony Schlorff talks with a student at Mosaic Elementary on an April 20 tour of the new school. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Superintendents from across the country converged on the Mehlville School District last week for a national conference focused on technology in education, with Mehlville showing off

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Local schools assess student safety efforts

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Pictured above: Rockwood Superintendent Eric Knost, right, poses for a selfie with, from left, St. Louis County Police Department Sgt. Shawn McGuire and county police Chief Jon Belmar at the summit between schools and law enforcement last week. Local school districts are re-examining how to keep students safe in

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District fortunate to have a leader like Gaines

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com It’s certainly not a news flash that one of the major problems the Mehlville School District has experienced since the early 2000s is the turnover in the district’s top leadership position. The lack of tenure in the superintendent’s post resulted in the district becoming complacent with

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Mehlville school board votes 6-0 to extend Gaines’ contract

Pictured above: Mehlville Superintendent Chris Gaines high-fives Oakville High School students the first day of class in August 2017. By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Superintendent Chris Gaines is signing on for another year at the helm of the Mehlville School District, and he hopes to remain even longer. After the Board of Education voted

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Mehlville adds interventionists to boost state math test scores

Pictured above: Mehlville’s new math interventionists on their first day on the job this week. By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville School District is adding temporary math interventionists to six elementary schools that posted the lowest scores on statewide math tests, one of many initiatives the district is undertaking to increase scores. The

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Murphy suggests pilot program to boost Mehlville’s test scores

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Mehlville School District officials are looking at ways to add second teachers to classrooms that are posting the lowest test scores in the district. The latest bid to improve the district’s statewide math scores comes from Board of Education member Jamey Murphy. It’s a compromise between failed past efforts

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Mehlville, Oakville highs set to return to block schedule

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville School District’s short-lived foray away from high-school block scheduling went so wrong that it could serve as a cautionary tale of how not to roll out a new program in the future. That was the verdict of Board of Education members last week as they unanimously voted

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Public education dealt major blow by Greitens

“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 surprised even us. But compared

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