Saturday, May 18, 2013
The district estimated an annual savings of $130,000 when they approved solar panelling for five buildings.
The Mehlville School District has already been able to reap some savings from solar panels atop five district schools, which were installed in December. At the end of last school year the district’s Board of Education approved a 20-year agreement with StraightUp Solar to install solar panels on the roofs of Beasley Elementary, Hagemann Elementary, Bernard Middle, Oakville High and the Witzel Alternative Academy. The panels are expected to offset roughly $130,000 in annual energy costs. Each system will prevent the consumption of 3.3 million pounds of coal and 6.6 million pounds of Carbon Dioxide emissions over the course of the 20-year lease agreement, according to the district website. During the April 25 Board of Education Meeting Chief …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Construction on the new courts at Bernard Middle School was completed earlier this year.
The Mehlville School District held a special celebration Wednesday for the dedication of eight newly-constructed tennis courts at Bernard Middle School. The district's Board of Education approved the project in late 2011. The Mehlville School District earned more than $60,000 in grant money toward construction, which was completed earlier this year. The project cost the district approximately $434,000. Check out the attached video for a message from Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost, or view photos of the dedication ceremony on the Mehlville School District Facebook page. Catch up on the latest Mehlville School District news:
Thursday, May 16, 2013
That's one proposal under consideration by the Mehlville Board of Education.
If the Mehlville Board of Education wants to keep its tax revenues at the current level, it will need to raise the residential property tax rate on homeowners in the district. That's because the assessed values of homes are down by 3.5 percent. Chief Financial Officer Noel Knobloch presented his five-year projections during the Board of Education’s May 9 meeting as a part of the board's budgeting process. A final vote on 2013-2014 budget is expected next month. One of the options that Knobloch presented included a “complete roll up” of the tax rate by 3.5 percent. Taxpayers would pay more or less depending on their home's reassessed value, according to Call Newspapers. Another option would be to roll the tax rate up but by one penny less, …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
It was all part of a friendly bet during a student fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Students at Blades Elementary recently held a fundraiser at the school to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which ended with the principal and gym teacher kissing a pig. It was all part of a friendly bet on who raised the most money - the boys or the girls. If the boys raised more money, the school's administrative intern and kindergarten teacher had to kiss the pig. If the girls won, the principal and gym gym had to pucker up. The girls won the competition, resulting in Principal Jeremy Booker and gym teacher Brandon Schulte kissing the pig. Check out the fun in the attached You Tube video, courtesy of the Mehlville School District.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Dr. Patrick Keenoy is currently an assistant principal at Washington and Trautwein schools.
A familiar face was announced as Rogers Elementary School's new principal. Dr. Patrick Keenoy has been with the district since 2000, most recently as an assistant principal at Washington Middle and Trautwein Elementary schools. Keenoy was honored as the 2011-2012 Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year by the St. Louis Association of Secondary School Principals. "We're thrilled to keep Patrick in our ranks and make him the next principal at Rogers," Superintendent Eric Knost said during last week's Board of Education meeting. Keenoy isn't the only Mehlville administrator moving into a new role. Oakville High School assistant principal Jim Kern will serve as the new principal for Margaret Buerkle Middle School. Catch up on the …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The longtime reporter and producer will serve as the district's new communications specialist.
The Mehlville School District's new communications specialist is a familiar face to St. Louis news viewers. Superintendent Eric Knost announced that Alex Fees had been hired for the position during last week's Board of Education meeting. Fees is a correspondent and producer who has done work for ABC's "Good Morning America," MSNBC, CNN and the Rachel Ray Show. Fees has also been a regular fixture on KSDK NewsChannel 5 for 15 years and was named Best TV Reporter on St. Louis Magazine's A List in 2007. Knost said the district has been looking for an addition to the communications department who would continue the use of videojournalism to "tell the story of the district." "We are thrilled to introduce our latest arm to that, Mr. Alex Fees…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Beasley Elementary, Bierbaum Elementary, Hagemann Elementary and Mehlville High School received the honor.
Beasley Elementary, Bierbaum Elementary, Hagemann Elementary and Mehlville High School were named National Schools of Character by the Character Education Partnership, the Mehlville School District announced in a news release Thursday. Only 29 schools nationwide received the honor this year. National Schools of Character are schools and districts that have demonstrated through a rigorous evaluation process that character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior and school climate, according to the release. Trautwein Elementary was honored as a National School of Character last year. Blades Elementary, Oakville Elementary, Point Elementary, Rogers Elementary and Bernard Middle School have been honored as State …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
All 400 students took part in the walk in support of a reading teacher's husband who has multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system.
Students at Rogers Elementary recently hosted an MS Walk at their school in support of a reading teacher's husband who has the chronic disease. In the process, they raised more than $1,100, which will be donated to the National Multiple Schlerosis Society. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that affects the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Kim Rucker, the reading teacher, was honored by the gesture. Rucker said the event brought an awareness of the disease to students, some of whom discovered that relatives and friends of their parents had it. See the attached Youtube video for the story courtesy of the Mehlville School District.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Roof staging began this week.
Are you still keeping an eye on construction progress of Mehlville High School's new auditorium? The cinder block 'footprint' of the building is now done, which allowed for roof work to begin this week, according to an update provided at the April 25 Board of Education meeting. Roof staging started Monday. "We've been challenged, of course, with the weather... that's all taken into consideration. All in all, the project is going really smooth," director of facilities Steve Habeck said. In a few weeks, electricians, plumbers and carpenters will be at work inside the structure, he said. The board approved construction on the 20,300 square foot auditorium last fall to support a variety of academic, musical, theatrical and civic events. The …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Jim Kern is currently an assistant principal at Oakville High School.
Jim Kern will serve as the new principal for Margaret Buerkle Middle School, Mehlville School District Superintendent Eric Knost announced last week during the Board of Education meeting. Kern has been with the district for 16 years, Knost said, most recently as an assistant principal at Oakville High School. He's also served as a teacher and baseball and softball coach. "I don't know of any enemies Jim has," Knost said at the meeting. "He's a uniter, somebody that works well with a lot of folks."