Maplewood and Richmond Heights voters voted in favor of Proposition K, for a new Maplewood Richmond Heights preschool Tuesday with a comfortable margin. The bond issue passed, 1,434 yes votes to 584 no votes; 71 percent of the vote. The passage means 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. It equals approximately a $28.50 tax change per year for each $100,000 of valuation. Superintendent of schools, Karen Hall said, “It gives us the opportunity to serve our community even better.
The superintendents for both Brentwood and Maplewood Richmond Heights school districts were paid less in 2013-2014 than the superintendents for those districts 10 years earlier, according to STL Today. Brentwood superintendent David Faulkner made $150,000 in 2013-14; the superintendent in 2003-04 made $176,279. MRH superintendent Karen Hall made $164,800 last year; the position 10 years earlier was paid $165,325. Nearby, the Clayton School District superintendent was paid $215,000 in 2013-14 and the Webster Groves superintendent made $200,000. The highest-paid superintendent is at Fox C-6, who made $260,598 in 2014.
Maplewood Richmond Heights head cross country coach Ryan Rzeszutko spent a few minutes assigning routes on Monday before they all took off for a run through the Maplewood neighborhood streets. MRH High School principal, Kevin Grawer joined in. The team’s first scheduled meet is September 5 at the Lutheran South Invitational. This is the program’s second year. http://youtu.be/haGsYS_ijE8
New Maplewood Richmond Heights coach, Ryan Robertson, played goal as half the team practiced corner kicks Friday at Ryan Hummert Park. The rest of the team practiced at the other end at the field. The majority of the team is returning, Robertson said in an interview last week with 40 South. There was enough on the field for a good scrimmage later in the practice. See also: New MRH head soccer coach relishes opportunity
The team’s first home game is August 29 at 4 p.m. against Tower Grove Christian.
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has become a destination district, superintendent Karen Hall said Wednesday night in a town hall meeting at the high school. Waves of larger and larger classes are forcing the administration to figure out where they’ll all go. Around a dozen MRH parents heard board members, principals and teachers talk about the problem, then the parents asked questions and suggested solutions. Similar meetings have been held at the early childhood center and the elementary school. Board president Francis Chmelir said the board has brought in architects and designers to look at long and short-term solutions.
Two out of three members of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Board of Education whose seats expire in April filed to run for another term. Maria Langston, Francis Chmelir and Julie Pole’s terms expire in April. Langston and Chmelir filed to run, but Pole did not. In addition, non-incumbents Kathryn Kaufmann and Daniel F. O’Sullivan, Jr. filed, so an election will be held of the four who filed for the three seats. Chmelir was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2011 and ran once to complete a full term.
Maplewood Richmond Heights High School has received national recognition for its strong academic success in the face of challenges that result from high student poverty rates, according to a press release from the school. MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) named MRH and eight others the 2014 Breakthrough Schools. The award is based on a school’s documented success in implementing collaborative leadership; personalization; and curriculum, instruction and assessment. MRH has shown continuous growth on state assessments during at least the last three years and made progress toward reducing the achievement gap. Success in implementing the strategies is documented and verified through school site visits, including meetings with principals, teachers, students and community leaders.