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Volume 22, Number 49

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Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

Mehlville’s top job ‘opportunity of a lifetime,’ according to Knost By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter Mehlville Deputy Superintendent Eric Knost will assume the school district’s top position next year, seizing what he believes is the “opportunity of a lifetime.” The Board of Education voted 6-0 in closed session Dec. 1 to approve a threeyear superintendent contract for Knost, who will begin his new job July 1. The

motion to approve the contract was made and seconded by board members Micheal Ocello and Erin Weber, respectively. “I’ve felt poised and ready to take the reins for a long time,” Knost said in an interview Friday. “I’ve wanted to be a superintendent and have aspired to do that for a long time.” Knost’s contract stipulates he will be paid (See LIFETIME, Page 8A)

Noble says he’d like to be remembered as ‘someone who cared,’ ‘gave his best’ Bill Milligan photo

MFPD food drive continues Six-year-old Max Laux of Concord takes the wheel of a Mehlville Fire Protection District vehicle Saturday morning during the district’s annual holiday food drive at Engine House No. 5 in Green Park. The event included a visit by Santa. The district will accept canned foods and donations through Friday, Dec. 17, for Feed My People to help those in need during the holiday season.

By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter Mehlville Superintendent Terry Noble says he wants the school district to remember him after he retires next year as “someone who cared and gave his best.” Noble on June 30 will step down from his position, closing the book on four years serving as the district’s leader. His deputy superintendent, Eric Knost,

will take Noble’s place. While the superintendent, 59, made his decision official Dec. 1, he had for some time mulled over how long he would remain with the district. In an interview Friday, he shared a handful of reasons why he’s decided to retire. “I’ve put in 37 years in education, and that’s a lot of time basically with one focus. (See BEST, Page 6A)

Lindbergh board to consider revised 2010-2011 operating budget next week By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor A revised operating budget for the current school year that projects a deficit of nearly $3.98 million — roughly $42,800 more than originally anticipated — is scheduled to be considered next week by the Lindbergh Board of Education.

The Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, in the boardroom of the Administration Building, 4900 S. Lindbergh Blvd. As proposed, the revised operating budget for the 20102011 school year projects revenues of $53,246,113 with anticipated expenditures of $57,225,063 — a deficit of $3,978,950. The district will not go into the red, but will

Cuts discussed by Mehlville board to shore up balances By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter Revised budget projections show the Mehlville School District could end the next two fiscal years with significantly greater operating reserves than originally anticipated. But those higher balances would come as a result of the district next year implementing, at least in part, a contingency plan that calls for such budget adjustments as cuts to busing, a salary freeze and a reduction of administrators and staff.

(See BUDGET, Page 10A)

School board moves ahead with plans to determine why voters rejected Prop C By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The Mehlville Board of Education last week moved ahead with plans to survey the community in the wake of the school district’s unsuccessful 88-cent tax-rate increase proposal. Nearly a month after more than 62 percent of Mehlville voters rejected that measure — Proposition C — the board on Dec. 1 authorized the communications department to team up

(See BALANCES, Page 15A)

(See AHEAD, Page 12A)

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The Board of Education also is considering an early retirement incentive for eligible certified staff, which it may approve as early as this week. The board discussed the contingency plan at length during a work session last week. It is scheduled to meet again at 7 p.m. today — Dec. 9 — at the Administration Building, 3120 Lemay Ferry Road. Board members earlier this year asked district officials to craft a contingency plan after Chief Financial Officer Noel Knobloch predicted Mehlville would deplete its

dip into its reserves, which total $20,514,746, according to Chief Financial Officer Pat Lanane. He projected an operational balance of $16,535,796 on June 30. The original operating budget, adopted in June, projected revenues of $53,892,275 with anticipated expenditures of $57,828,411 — a deficit of $3,936,136.

Election 2011 . . . . . . . Page 3A Opinions . . . . . . . . . . Page 4A Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . Page 5A Obituaries . . . . . . . . . Page 11A Senior living . . . . . . . Page 13A Mail Call . . . . . . . . . . Page 1B Nuptials . . . . . . . . . . . Page 3B Births . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 8B Homes and gardens . . Page 10B Read more on Page 7A about a German Vesper Classifieds . . . . . . . . . Page 11B Service set Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church.

Residents interested in running for three seats on the Mehlville school board in April will not be challenged by any incumbents. School board members Drew Frauenhoffer and Erin Weber, whose seats are up for election on April 5, said last week they will not seek re-election. Read more on Page 3A.

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