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Washington People / 1C A Literary ‘Matchmaker’ Pete Coulter W E D N E S D AY, J U N E 2 0 , 2 0 1 2 Sports / 1D 75¢ Five Wins for Legion Juniors /pets Volume 152 Number 28 Online: Reader’s Choice Ballots — Be Sure to Vote for Your Favorite Business . > I NSIDE : Arguments Heard in County Lawsuit ◆Toddler Drowns At Family Pool Outside of St. Clair Case Under Advisement 1S .............................. Page By Evin Fritschle Missourian Staff Writer ◆ Second Phase Of Rhine River Project Approved ............................. Page 3A ◆ City Council Endorses Angel Of Hope Garden ............................. Page ◆ 8A Editorial: Complicated Merger ............................. Page 8C Gliding Through the Crowd This barn owl was the center of attention during the Bank of Washington’s “Kids Go Green Day” Saturday, June 16, at its headquarters. Representatives of the World Bird Sanctuary brought several birds of prey to the event. Children also could tour the bank, have refreshments and take home an Missourian Photo. evergreen to plant. Missourian Wins International Award for Summer Reading Series The Missourian will be recognized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) this July in Bangkok during the Asia-Pacific Young Reader Summit for its youth editorial project, “One World: Their Story.” WAN-IFRA annually awards World Young Reader Prizes to newspapers that have devised the best project or activity to attract young readers. This year, WANIFRA will award 21 prizes to newspapers and a newspaper printing plant that have found innovative ways to attract young people to the news. The Missourian is the smallest circulation publication to be recognized by the international organization and the only newspaper in the continental United States. Summer Reading The Missourian’s “One World, Their Sto- ry” was a summer reading series published May through July in 2011. Dawn Kitchell, educational services director, created the series to teach children about similarities and differences between young readers in the United States and Germany. “Last year’s national summer reading theme encouraged global diversity,” Kitchell said. “We saw a unique opportunity locally to give young readers a meaningful learning experience through Washington’s Sister City partnership with Marbach am Neckar, Germany, during its 20th anniversary celebration.” Relationships built through the Sister City partnership helped Kitchell connect with a sixth-grade teacher in Marbach, who in turn found a student in her class whose family was willing to take on the project. The family had three children. The mother, Martina, was a schoolteacher. The series focused on 12-year-old Flurina and 14-year-old Gregori. “The commitment from the family was significant,” Kitchell said. “Each week I emailed a list of questions on a specific topic. Martina worked with Flurina and Gregori to translate the questions from English to German and they worked together to answer the questions and translate them back to English to return via email. Often, I sent follow-up questions to clarify or learn more on specific topics.” Kitchell then sent photograph suggestions and the family spent several days taking the photographs before emailing the images. When all the content was in hand, Missourian graphic designer Patty Brinker • See Award Page 2A A lawsuit filed by three Franklin County residents, including one candidate for political office, was taken under advisement by a circuit court judge Monday. Judge John Berkemeyer heard arguments from the three plaintiffs — Art LeBeau and Eric Reichert, both of Villa Ridge, and Ron Keeven, New Haven, a Republican candidate for First District commissioner — and County Counselor Mark Vincent. The plaintiffs are alleging county commissioners have no authority to cede signatory power to a single official. The three filed a lawsuit challenging a commission resolution to further refinancing of outstanding certificate of participation bonds. That resolution authorized Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer to sign documents related to the refinancing process, as opposed to requiring them to be signed by all three commissioners. Vincent said all counties, cities and school districts in Missouri delegate signatory powers in a similar manner, in accordance with RSMo. 432.070. “It is one of those statutes that is so clear, it has never been challenged,” Vincent said during the hearing Monday. He said the lawsuit was the reason the county had to postpone refinancing the bonds. “It potentially could jeopardize our ability to capitalize on favorable interest rates (which would) save the county $4 million,” Vincent told Judge Berkemeyer. In Vincent’s motion to dismiss, he asked Berkemeyer to require a $2 million cash-only bond from the plaintiffs, which would be used to cover any loss of savings the county wished to capitalize by refinancing. Says County Requests Are a Ploy LeBeau called the issue of refinancing a ploy. “They’re using this… to stop three people and the entire county from saying that they can’t cede their authority,” he said. “It isn’t about per- • See Lawsuit Page 2A District Sets Goals for New School Year By Susan Miller Missouri Staff Writer Four major initiatives will be undertaken by the Washington School District in the coming year and beyond. Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer discussed the goals with the school board at its last work session. The goals include implementation of the new Common Core State Standards, a national education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards-based education reform. “Leadership and staff workshops are being held to prepare for transition to this rigorous curriculum,” VanLeer said, “and a professional learning plan and time line has been established to meet the needs of staff as they work to implement the standards.” Additionally, communication strategies will be developed to educate students, staff, parents and the community throughout implementation of the curriculum, she said, as well as intervention strategies. “An evaluation model also will be established to pro- • See Goals Page 2A INSIDE Auctions/Garage Sales .............6E-8E Business ......................................1B Classified Ads .........................1E-8E Deaths/Obituaries.........................6B Future Cheerleaders Learn to Yell St. Francis Borgia Regional High School cheerleader Hannah Michels, right, gives tips on how to yell like a cheerleader to a group of young girls attending the squad’s cheer camp Saturday, June 16. 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