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Volume 22, Number 47

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Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010

Mehlville board opts not to fill seat formerly held by Frank By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The Mehlville Board of Education will not appoint anyone to serve out the unexpired term of former board member Karl Frank Jr., whose resignation was approved last week. The board, including Frank, voted 6-1 at its Nov. 18

meeting to accept Frank’s resignation effective immediately. Board President Tom Diehl was opposed. Frank’s resignation was the board’s first item of new business last week. Once it was approved, Frank thanked his fellow board members and left the meeting. After he left, the board unanimously approved a motion

by Secretary Larry Felton to suspend board policy and leave Frank’s seat vacant until the April 5 municipal election. That seat, along with those held by Drew Frauenhoffer and Erin Weber, will be up for election then. Board policy states if a vacancy occurs on the board, “the (See SEAT, Page 4A)

Work session scheduled next week to discuss Mehlville’s financial future By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter A Mehlville Board of Education work session on the school district’s budget and financial outlook will take place next week. The board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Mehlville Senior High School library, 3200 Lemay Ferry Road. Board members will recognize students, staff and community members for roughly 30 minutes before convening the

work session, according to Superintendent Terry Noble. The overarching topic of discussion next week, Noble said, most likely will be Mehlville’s next steps following the defeat of its 88-cent tax-rate increase proposal earlier this month. More than 62 percent of district voters rejected that measure, Proposition C, in the Nov. 2 election. Prop C received 13,988 “yes” (See FINANCIAL, Page 8A)

Board of Aldermen selects contractor for reconstruction of Green Park Road Forder Elementary expands classroom libraries Third-graders from Forder Elementary School in the Mehlville School District, from left, Ajla Mesinovic, Elizabeth Kittinger, Jarrett Hauler and Christian Cotner stand next to a bin filled with more than 1,500 books collected during the school’s recent book drive. The one-week collection, coordinated by the school’s PTO, encouraged pupils and their families to donate new or gently used books to expand the libraries in each classroom. 'The staff and students were amazed to see how many books were collected,' second-grade teacher Angie Scher stated in a district news release.

By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The Green Park Board of Aldermen last week named L. Krupp Construction Inc. of Ballwin the contractor for the city’s longawaited road project. Aldermen voted unanimously Nov. 15 to approve an ordinance selecting Krupp as the contractor for the Green Park Road improvement project and authorizing the mayor to execute a contract with the company.

COPs refunding to save Mehlville taxpayers $2.5 million By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter A resolution authorizing the issuance of bond-like certificates of participation to refund certificates issued in 2001 was approved last week by the Mehlville Board of Education. The board voted unanimously Nov. 18 to authorize the refinancing, a move school district officials expect will save taxpayers roughly $2.5 million in interest payments over the next decade.

(See SELECTS, Page 5A)

Lindbergh Schools taxpayers save nearly $1 million on bond refunding By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor The refunding of general-obligation bonds issued in 2001 will save Lindbergh Schools taxpayers nearly $1 million. District officials estimated in August that refunding the general-obligation bonds would save taxpayers nearly $900,000. But after selling just more than $6 million in bonds last week

(See REFUNDING, Page 23A)

(See SAVE, Page 2A)

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The district wants to prepay nearly $21 million of the $36.9 million in certificates of participation, or COPs, issued in February 2001. The notes were issued to fund the first phase of Mehlville’s Proposition P districtwide building improvement program, which voters approved in November 2000. The 2001 COP issue is callable, or refundable, after March 1, 2011. Mehlville will enjoy an annual interest savings of roughly $250,000 over the next 10 years by

The board approved Krupp’s bid of $2,159,723.33 as the lowest and best bid of the seven submitted. Bids ranged from Krupp’s low bid to a high bid of $2.4 million. Besides Krupp’s total bid of roughly $2.2 million, the city should anticipate up to a 10percent contingency for such unplanned expenses during construction as utility conflicts, unknown soil conditions and survey

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