MRH Tweets: an expedition, internship fair, baseball

Maplewood Richmond Heights administrators, teachers, coaches and friends post on Twitter. This happened approximately this week:

This one is from January —

MRH Prop Y wins big

After an intense campaign, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Proposition Y passed by a two-thirds margin: 2,199 – 1,109 votes. The results came out online a little after 9 p.m. It was expected it could have gone later after the polling place at The Heights was in danger of running out of ballots Tuesday morning. It didn’t — ballots were delivered in time, according to Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Beck. A couple hundred Prop Y supporters gathered at Juke Joint Dueling Piano Bar in Maplewood to watch the results come in. Organizer, Tonya Powell, said after the results were in, that when she first saw Prop Y was going to be on the ballot she was a bit scared.

MRH Tweets: spring break, Elephant Rocks, concerts, baseball

MRH Tweets in the past week — the first week back since spring break (plus a few during the break) — included a trip to the state capital, a trip to Elephant Rocks, community choral and band concerts, and MRH baseball ranked in the St. Louis area. Tweets are from Middle School Principal Mike Dittrich (@mikedittrich77), Coach Webb (@MRHbaseball), MRH School District (@MRH_Schools), Jennifer Jones (@JLJmath), Anne Arias (@anneebarias), MRH High School (@mrhhighschool) and Bill Henske (@MRHsciguy).

Cerven: Prop Y ballot language ‘not all of the truth’

The treasurer of the ‘Vote No On Y’ committee, David Cerven, called 40 South News Thursday to say the ballot language for Proposition Y is, according to him, “not all of the truth.” However MRH board president Nelson Mitten, when asked, said the language is correct and legal. The ballot states the adjusted operating levy of the District per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation is estimated to be $4.7869 for residential real property. “The big issue is while that is accurate it’s not all of the truth,” Cerven said. “There’s an additional $1.35 tax levy (for debt service) that is on top of that, that puts us in those highest numbers,” he said. “It’s had lots of people contacting me about that discrepancy,” he said.

‘Keep MRH Strong’ files financial report

The campaign supporting the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District’s Proposition Y, Keep MRH Strong, filed its 8 Day Before campaign finances report online with the Missouri Ethics Commission. The contributions and expenditures below are from the Keep MRH Strong 8 Day Before Report:

Shevaun McNaughton is the campaign’s treasurer. Total receipts for the election previously reported, $1,892
Total receipts for this election are $7,977


David Slater, $100
Bond Architects, $1,000
Cindy Crader, $160
David Pole, $100
Karen Hall, $200
Kathryn Kaufman, $115
Nelson Mitten, $220
S.M. Wilson & Co., $1,000
Sandra Richason, $361, in-kind
Stacy Dick, $140
Christy Scheidt, $120
Caroline Strong, $125
Ben Stotler, $100
The Post Sports Bar & Grill, $310
Beverly Sporleder, $100

Total contributions from event: $1,343


Food for canvases, $122
Bank fees, $25
Office supplies, $33

Expenditures over $100

Tiny Little Monster, t-shirts, $450 total
St. Louis Presort, printing and postage, $1,070
J&E Office City, $126
OR Pechman, yard signs, $1,860 total

See also, on the MRH Prop Y:

Council members, MRH board member responds to councilman’s opposition to Prop Y
Councilman, treasurer of ‘No on Y’ concerned with high property taxes
MRH School District disputes, corrects ‘No On Y’ postcard statements
Cerven: Prop Y ballot language “not all of the truth”
Proposition Y committee: financial report
City official supports ‘Vote No On Y’
‘Vote No On Y’ reports contributions, expenses
MRH plans $1 million in cuts, if Proposition Y fails
MRH board, parents discuss Proposition Y in meeting
MRH board votes to place Proposition Y on ballot
Maplewood History: Vote Yes On Prop Y

Majorette grand opening shows value of unique new event space in Maplewood/St. Louis

Majorette, a new event space located at 7150 Manchester on the border of Maplewood and St. Louis, held its grand opening Wednesday night with fanfare. The 87-year-old building was originally a furniture store, and owners Pat and Carol Shuchard preserved some of the original features while dramatically modernizing the space which has a capacity of up to 400. Before the opening, General Manager Erinn Hall reported that they have contracts for nearly 30 weddings, corporate galas, and fundraisers. Also the general manager of the Shuchard’s other event space Boo Cat in St.

National acts to play Ryan Hummert Park

Two local groups with national touring schedules — Clockwork and Bella & Lily — are set to play the Maplewood Community Betterment Foundation concert at Ryan Hummert Park, on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Clockwork is a St. Louis-based group consisting of Jordan Slone (guitar/vocals), Logan Slone (bass/vocals) and Logan Mohler (drums/vocals). They have been creating their brand of “sometimes-raucous/sometimes-beautiful rock music slathered in memorable melodies and striking harmonies” since 2011 — before they were of legal driving age.

MRH student hit by car at Manchester and Big Bend

A Maplewood Richmond Heights High School student was hit by a car while crossing the intersection of Big Bend and Manchester Tuesday morning, according to a letter sent to parents from the high school and middle school principals. The letter states that at approximately 7:55 a.m. the student was hit by a car turning onto Manchester. A Central Office administrator and the MRH crossing guard at the intersection witnessed the accident and immediately called 911. Maplewood emergency personnel arrived quickly and attended to the student. In addition, multiple MRH personnel arrived to assist.

MRH Blue Devils softball dominates!

The MRH Blue Devils Girls Softball team (4th – 6th grade) brought home another win on Sunday, winning 21-7, continuing their winning streak! Last year the team tied for 1st place, and is on track for another great season. Support local sports in Maplewood!  For more information on youth sports in Maplewood, visit MRH Youth Sports.

MRH voters to decide Prop K

On Tuesday, Maplewood and Richmond Heights voters will decide Proposition K, a bond issue to fund a proposed new Maplewood Richmond Heights building on the grounds of the current Early Childhood Center to house eight to ten new preschool classrooms and also the Parents as Teachers program. A tax increase of $0.15 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation; from $1.20 to $1.35 per one hundred dollars assessed valuation of real and personal property would result if the proposition passes. It equals approximately a $28.50 tax change per year for each $100,000 of valuation. The new building would sit on what is now the ECC parking lot, and approximately an acre of Brentwood Volvo, to the west, would become the school’s new parking lot. The school district has become a “destination” district, superintendent Karen Hall has said, drawing an unexpected number of families with children of preschool and elementary school age.

Record food drive in 2014: Dr. Madosky does 175 pull-ups

Dr. Bil Madosky of Madosky Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center has sponsored a food drive during the holiday season the past 18 years in the Maplewood area. He said Monday that the 2014 drive was the best, collecting more than 600 food item. “Help came from my patients, Maplewood Chamber members and the Stephanie Sausele’s Maplewood Richmond Heights pre-K class,” Madosky said. He promised to do one pull-up for each of  the 175 food items collected. Last year he did 169 pull-ups, for 169 cans collected.

MRH communications director responds to bond questions

Maplewood Richmond Heights School’s director of communications, Brian Adkisson, responded over the weekend to questions that have come up about Proposition K, the bond issue announced last week that the school will put on the April ballot to build a new preschool. Here’s what Adkisson said by email:

Location: The Board is actively looking at multiple sites and negotiating as we speak. If a contract is signed prior to the election, I am certain we would share the location with our community. Ultimately we want to secure the best location for our students and at the best (lowest) possible price for our community. To divulge specific sites we are looking at would likely result in their price increasing. See also: MRH Prop K: cost to home owners, MRH asks voters to approve bond for new preschool

Length: The tax is ongoing—not one-time. (Adkisson said he didn’t know the the exact length because he was at home for the weekend when asked.) Essentially, a bond is like a loan.