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Mehlville survey shows 51 percent support for 94-cent tax hike By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter A recent telephone survey of Mehlville School District residents shows that roughly 51 percent of voters likely would support a possible 94-cent tax-rate increase on the Nov. 2 ballot to fund recommendations in the district’s

long-range improvement plan. Results of that survey were presented last week to the Board of Education. The survey, which included 501 telephone interviews conducted in July by communications firm UNICOM•ARC, initially found that only 45.8 percent of respondents would

favor the possible 94-cent tax-rate increase. But when asked later in the survey about the possible 94cent tax-rate increase after answering several other questions regarding that increase, 51.3 percent were in favor and 44.8 percent were opposed. (See SURVEY, Page 6A)

Superintendent relinquishes pay increase of 24 percent By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter Mehlville Superintendent Terry Noble last week gave up the contract he previously accepted that would’ve earned him an annual salary of $226,000, citing a need for the community to shift its attention toward the school district’s long-range improvement efforts. Noble announced at last week’s regular Board of Education meeting that he would relinquish the three-year agreement the school board voted unanimously to offer him in March. That pact would’ve increased his annual base salary by $44,088 from $181,912 to $226,000 — a roughly 24-percent raise — for the period of July 1 through June 30, 2013. Instead, Noble recommended the board increase his pay by 3 percent, the same raise all Mehlville senior administrative staff received for the 2010-2011 school year. The superintendent will work under a one-year contract for a base salary of $187,370 and will continue to receive a $500 per month car allowance that was removed as a benefit but added to the base (See RELINQUISHES, Page 5A)

Tentative OK given to modifying employee political activity rules By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter A modification to the political activity section of the Crestwood employee handbook was tentatively approved last week by the Board of Aldermen. The board voted 5-2 July 27 on the first reading of an ordinance modifying three sections of the Civil Service Rules and Regulations. Aldermen Darryl Wallach of Ward 1 and Paul Duchild of Ward 3 were opposed, and Ward 3 Alderman Jerry Miguel abstained. Final approval of the measure will be considered at the next board meeting as a motion for the bill’s second reading was not unanimously approved. If approved, the ordinance would modify Crestwood’s layoff and drug policy for employees. It also would eliminate the current language in the civil service rules’ section on employee political activity and replace it with the Crestwood Charter’s language on political (See RULES, Page 8A)

Lindbergh High School’s Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band last week kicked off five months of practice in preparation for a trip of a lifetime to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Day. From now until January, more than 200 students will build their endurance for the 5.5-mile parade route with marching, regular exercise and calisthenics. During the summer, the musicians perform and march Monday through Thursday on a high school parking lot that is painted to look like a football field. The stripes on the pavement help students practice their routines. The trip is estimated to cost about $400,000 and is being entirely supported by independent fundraising. To support the band, visit www.spiritstlband.org.

MFPD board purchases site to relocate No. 3 firehouse By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor The Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Trustees voted unanimously last week to spend $571,000 to purchase a roughly one-acre site on South Lindbergh Boulevard to relocate the district’s No. 3 firehouse. The existing No. 3 firehouse, built in 1957 at 11625 Sappington Barracks Road is deteriorating and needs to be replaced, according to Board of Directors Chairman Aaron Hilmer. The board is purchasing the property at 4811 S. Lindbergh Blvd., across from the Lindbergh High School campus, from the Dominic and Margaret E. Intag Trust.

The district has deposited $50,000 as a down payment for the property with the remainder of $521,000 due at closing, which is scheduled for Jan. 3. Under the terms of the agreement, the seller may maintain possession of the property until March 1. "I don't think that you could have asked to find a better location for this firehouse — I mean right across the street from Lindbergh High School,’’ Hilmer told the Call. “They're just doing a lot of improvements over there. It's going to be really nice to have the high school that looks so aesthetically pleasing with the new ECE (Early Childhood Education building) and (See SITE, Page 4A)

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