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.
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.
Last week Seed-to-Table teachers, Chef Almut Marino (ECC), Melissa Breed-Parks (Middle School) and her students, and High School Chef Robert Rusan and his Teen Cusine Team collaborated with the students of the Maplewood ECC make a wonderful and professional Farmers Market. The weather was sunny and students sold everything from flower bouquets and herbs, to tomato plants, kale and other vegtables.Live music was provided by Mr. Pentecost and spring and summer themed arts and crafts were also sold, (including laminate flower bookmarks, beautiful stepping stones for your garden, and other items), and popcorn and lemonade was available as well.
I was amazed and how professional and knowledgable all of the students were about all the herbs and vegtables they were selling. The same day Maplewood was also involved in setting a new Guiness World record on Friday, for the most participants in a cooking lession in a 24-hour period (mulitple venues). Both events were part of a world-wide celebration of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day (this is their 3rd year participating).
After 51 years, Maplewood Richmond Heights baseball on Tuesday won their district championship, 5-3, against Brentwood. The last time MRH won districts was 1963, according to coach, Jonathan Webb. MRH lost to Brentwood in the district final 4-3 in Webb’s first year as head coach, four years ago. They lost to Brentwood last year 14-4. This year, batting as the home team in Brentwood Park, MRH took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, with Chris Tronicek and Jacob Speed singling and Gabe Jackson and Rich Rassmussen getting the RBIs.
As we enjoy this lovely weather today – I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the teachers and staff that have put themselves out every morning of this long winter to help get our kids safely inside – whether it be directing traffic, putting down salt, driving buses or helping students inside. Though the winter has taken a toll on everyone – many teachers and staff have been up bright and early standing out in the cold to help our kids. Thank you!
Maplewood Richmond Heights again celebrated Black History Month with its annual Soul Food Supper. Diners enjoyed the traditional menu of fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens, mashed potatoes, candied yams, corn bread, macaroni and cheese, ham and beans, sweet potato pie and more. The Middle and High School bands provided entertainment. http://youtu.be/kGHLOsg29y4
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.
Both Brentwood and Maplewood Richmond Heights school districts will be closed on Tuesday, extending winter break another day, thanks to almost a foot of snow and fridgid temperatures. Brentwood Superintendent of Schools David Faulkner
— the only one at the administration office — said Monday’s dangerously low temperatures prevented workers from clearing enough snow from around the schools. He also said streets in St. Louis are in worse condition than locally, and since approximately 20 percent of Brentwood students are bused from there, Faulkner said it’s easier to make up the days. MRH states on its website that due to concerns about bus stop safety, road conditions, and dangerous wind chills, all MRH schools will be closed on Tuesday.