Time in hallways, bathrooms examined at MRH Elementary

Since 2005, the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has seen an overall growth of 24 percent and a 422 percent growth in the preschool. 40 South News met with MRH superintendent Karen Hall and president of the board, Maria Langston Thursday to talk about how it’s being handled. The largest classes are making their way into the elementary school, and teachers have had to implement measures to accommodate the influx of students. Two modular classrooms were added at the start of the school year. Superintendent Karen Hall said $300,000 in cuts were made in the central office to pay for that.

MRH board member resigns

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District announced Friday that board of education member Brooke Rintoul resigned October 16. “It is with truly mixed emotions that I submit this letter to you as my formal resignation from the Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education,” said Rintoul in her letter of resignation to the board. “Due to conflicting family obligations it is impossible for me to continue serving on the board at the level I require of myself and that I owe to you and MRHSD.”

Rintoul joined the MRH Board of Education in 2009 and has served as vice president, and most recently as its secretary. “It has been a tremendous honor to serve and work with the board, our administration teachers, staff, and our community,” said Rintoul. “I am so proud to be part of MRH and plan to continue serving the district as a parent and community member.”

MRH Board of Education President Maria Langston said the board of education, staff, and community is sad to see Brooke step down, but understands her need to focus on caring for her family.

MRH to use modular units for classes in 2014-15

The Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education has recognized that a growing student population is maxing out the current building space, especially in the elementary school. On Friday the board announced that a two-classroom modular building will be erected on the north side of the elementary school this summer. Also, that three additional grade-level teachers, and an extra math and reading interventionist will be hired for the 2014-2015 school year. The modular unit will be used for special programs, such as gifted education and Seed to Table. General education classes will continue to be held in the main building, according to the announcement.

Maria Langston: on MRH board since 2008, runs for another term

Maplewood Richmond Heights school district residents will vote to fill three board of education seats seats in the April election. 40 South News previously reported on sit-downs with candidate Katie Kaufmann, running for the first time, and incumbent Francis Chmelir. Dan O’Sullivan is also running, though he hasn’t responded to a request for an interview. Incumbent Maria Langston spoke with 40 South News the same time as Chmelir. This will focus on Langston’s views.

MRH school board candidate Kaufmann: taught, now in business world

In April, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District voters will decide which three of four candidates will claim seats on the MRH Board of Education. Maria Langston, Francis Chmelir and Julie Pole’s terms expire in April. Pole has added career responsibilities and decided not to run. Katie Kaufmann and Daniel F. O’Sullivan, Jr. filed, along with incumbents Langston and Chmelir. 40 South News sat down with candidate Katie Kaufmann at Stone Spiral Coffee last week.