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Volume 23, Number 28

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Higher balances could mean pay boost for Mehlville teachers By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter Higher than projected balances at the end of the 2010-2011 school year could mean a pay boost for Mehlville teachers, as required by a memorandum of understanding be-

tween the Board of Education and certified staff. The district’s end-of-year balances are expected to exceed projections by more than the $500,000 threshold established in the MOU that was approved earlier this year by the board and the Mehlville National Education Associ-

ation, according to district officials. As a result, half of the excess funds over $500,000 will be added to the 2011-2012 certified salary schedule as outlined in the agreement. (See PAY, Page 5A)

Trio of posts being added to county assessor’s office

Torrential rain slams area Torrential rain the evening of July 7 turned this area at Meramar Drive and Sugar Spring Court in Oakville into a small lake, according to Meramar Drive resident Ginny Antonacci, who reports the basement of her home and the basements of several of her neighbors were flooded as a result. This photograph was taken at 7:14 p.m. by Antonacci’s daughter Alyssa. Ginny Antonacci is urging Oakville residents who experienced flooding and other problems as a result of the July 7 rain to attend Thursday’s meeting of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District Board of Trustees and voice their concerns. The board will meet at 5 p.m. today — July 14 — at the district’s headquarters, 2350 Market St., St. Louis. Visit to see more photos.

The Board of Education on June 28 voted 5-1 in favor of adjusting the district’s mileage reimbursement rate on July 1 of every year to a rate equal to two-thirds of the Internal Revenue Service’s allow-

(See SHAVES, Page 12A)

(See AUDIT, Page 6A)

(See KNOST, Page 4A)

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Crestwood’s assets increase, liabilities down, audit shows

able rate in effect at the time. Board member Rich Franz was opposed. Mehlville previously reimbursed employees at the IRS allowable rate.

The Board of Education voted unanimously in December to offer Knost, then deputy superintendent, a three-year contract to lead the district upon Superintendent Terry Noble’s retirement. He will be paid an annual salary of $185,000. During an interview the evening before his official

Mehlville board shaves mileage reimbursement rate By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The Mehlville school board voted recently to shave the district’s mileage reimbursement rate to a fraction of the federal standard.

(See TRIO, Page 6A)

By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor Crestwood’s assets increased during fiscal 2010 while its liabilities decreased, according to an independent audit of the city’s finances. While total expenditures in all governmental funds exceeded revenues by $115,633 during fiscal 2010, the city’s governmental funds had a combined balance totaling $6,344,172 as of Dec. 31. The Board of Aldermen recently voted 7-0 to accept into the record the audit performed by Botz, Deal & Co. Ward 2 Alderman Chris Pickel was absent from the June 28 meeting. The city received a “clean opinion’’ for its fiscal 2010 audit, “which is what you were expecting,’’ Michele Graham of Botz, Deal & Co. told aldermen. “A clean opinion means that your financial statements fairly present in all material respects the financial position of the city as of the last day of the fiscal year and the results of the operations throughout

Knost formally takes reins of Mehlville School District By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter Mehlville Superintendent Eric Knost formally assumed the school district’s top position on July 1 but said recently that he’s been gradually transitioning into his new job over the past several months — if not years.

By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter County Assessor Jake Zimmerman is adding a trio of leadership positions to his department in a move that he believes will improve its accountability and customer service. He filled one of those jobs last week, announcing on Friday that he’d named Sara Howard as deputy assessor and director of external affairs. The position “will directly oversee all external affairs for the assessor’s office, including Jake Zimmerman inter-governmental affairs, community outreach, media relations and policy matters, and will manage strategic planning, particularly in the development and implementation of major long-term plans to better meet constituent needs,” according to a news release from the county.

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