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Parkway approves acceptance of Normandy transfer students

Parkway’s Board of Education, at a special meeting on June 27, approved allowing transfer students from the Normandy School District who attended its schools in the 2013-14 school year to return to Parkway for the 2014-15 school year. The board vote was 5 to 0 with Tom Appelbaum and Kim Appelbaum absent. Superintendent Keith Marty said that about 40 students came from Normandy last year, and 33 have asked to come back. He said the number of Normandy students asking to return is relatively small, especially since they are spread throughout Parkway’s 28 schools. He also noted that since last ...

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Loss of Ruth Schrader Arft is a loss to Ballwin, West County community

With her warm personality, professionalism and spirit of community volunteerism, Ruth Schrader Arft, who passed away June 18 at the age of 92, made a difference in the lives of so many who knew her and the family business she co-owned, Schrader Funeral Homes & Crematory in Ballwin and Eureka Son-in-law Dennis Goethe, vice president of Schrader and married to Arft’s only child Peggy Arft-Goethe, said his mother-in-law was “not just part of this business and family, but very much a part of the Ballwin community where she lived most of her life.” Arft died of complications of cancer. She ...

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Wildwood decides against widening part of Wild Horse Creek Road

Wildwood’s City Council on June 23 approved an asphalt resurfacing contract for Wild Horse Creek Road, but councilmembers declined to provide more of a shoulder and passing lanes as part of that work. The council gave final approve to legislation authorizing Mayor Tim Woerther to execute a contract for up to $903,000 on behalf of the city with L. Krupp Construction for the resurfacing of Wild Horse Creek Road from Hwy. 109 to Hwy. 100, Main Street, Plaza Drive, Eastgate Lane, Fountain Place and Market Avenue. Ryan Thomas, the city’s director of public works/city engineer, previously had told the council ...

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A ‘tree’ could help quiet noise in Wildwood city hall lobby

A proposed acoustical treatment design service could take root soon in the lobby of Wildwood City Hall. The goal is to help quiet noise. Branching up inside the lobby stairwell, the artistic treatment would vaguely resemble a tree. City Administrator Dan Dubruiel told the City Council on June 23 that city officials have worked since last year to address the issue of excessive noise in parts of city hall. “Of particular concern are the acoustics within the two-level lobby area of the building where sounds reverberate off the hard surface walls and floors in a most disruptive and annoying manner,” ...

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Resurfacing projects on Manchester Road pave the way for Great Streets

The Missouri Department of Transportation on June 11 awarded a $15.5 million contract to Krupp Construction to begin maintenance-related resurfacing on Manchester Road along with work related to the Great Streets Initiative. Included in the approved amount is $10.1 million for road resurfacing from Hwy. 141 in Manchester to Westglen Farms Drive in Wildwood and $5.4 million for the Manchester Road Great Streets project in Ballwin, Ellisville and Wildwood. Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther, at the June 23 City Council meeting, said “to have this contract awarded is a very good thing, very good news.” At presstime, it was anticipated that ...

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Governor’s veto could impact student transfer program

Governor Jay Nixon and the General Assembly appear to be on a collision course again regarding vetoes of critical bills and state budget cuts. On Tuesday, June 24, Nixon vetoed  bills totalling $144.6 million in general revenue spending from the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and restricted $641.6 million in general revenue expenditures – for a total of $786.2 million. His most recent veto, of Senate Bill 493, has many state lawmakers disappointed and disturbed since the bill addresses the current education crisis in Missouri, including school accreditation and the challenges confronting districts in the school transfer process,which offers solutions for ...

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Rockwood approves deficit budget

The Rockwood School District began its 2014-2015 fiscal year on July 1 with an $8 million deficit budget due to some one-time capital projects and some costs of implementing tuition-free full-day kindergarten. The budget was approved by a vote of 4-1 on June 19, with Sherri Rogers opposed and Matt Doell absent. It calls for total operating revenues of $208,371,674 and total operating expenses of $218,052,920, said Dan Steinbruegge, the district’s director of finance. Costs during the coming year for implementing tuition-free full-day kindergarten will be $2,037,833, with some capital costs – including about $2.5 million in new technology and ...

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News Briefs: City administrator announces retirement

WILDWOOD City administrator announces retirement Dan Dubruiel, Wildwood’s city administrator for more than 10 years, has announced that he’ll retire effective Sept. 26. And the City Council, on June 23, approved proceeding to issue a request for qualifications for search firms to help the city find someone new to fill the post. Dubruiel, 65, said his retirement will allow him to “pursue other life goals.” Mayor Tim Woerther said the City Council has already started discussion on the procedures and process to replace Dubruiel, “though he still has a lot to do until his retirement.”   Wildwood applies for block ...

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Route 109 ramp to close July 7-21

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close the ramp from Route 109 to westbound Route 100 for two weeks after morning rush on Monday, July 7. The ramp will be closed so crews can complete work on the roundabout at Route 100 and Route 109. To detour around the closure, drivers should take Route 109 to Old Manchester Road and use Taylor Road to reach Route 100.  The detour will be marked. The ramp should reopen by July 21. Email this page

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