Friday, May 24, 2013
Fiddmont returned to Maplewood after serving in the Korean conflict.
Frederick C. Fiddmont, died on Sunday, May 19, from complications of Alzheimer's disease, according to an obituary in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Fiddmont attended elementary and middle school in Maplewood. He went away for high school, and attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on a football scholarship. He returned to Maplewood after serving in the Korean conflict. Services will be held Friday, May 24, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1500 South Hanley Road. Visitation: 10 a.m. to noon. Funeral: noon. Read the complete obituary in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Join Maplewood-Brentwood Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Friday, March 29, 2013
A letter to the "MRH Family" has reaffirmed its opposition. Its first letter went out about a year ago.
The Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education, the Friday before voters decide if QuikTrip will relocate to the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard, has reaffirmed its opposition to Proposition Q. The board stated in a letter to the "MRH Family" that the ordinance "contains many aspects we still feel are harmful to safety and our neighborhood residents," and recommends not endorsing the ordinance in its current form. This is the letter, signed by all board members. March 29, 2013 Dear MRH Family: In March of last year, the MRH Board of Education sent a letter to all of our parents to convey our concerns about the proposed move of the Maplewood QuikTrip from its current location at 3010 Big Bend Boulevard to the …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
They both detailed concerns about amendments to the ordinance.
The Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education sent two letters to Maplewood city officials in March regarding proposed amendments to Proposition Q, the ordinance allowing QuikTrip to move to the corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard. The March 26 letter concluded that the council should advocate for the ordinance's repeal: As it appears to be accepted by a majority of the Council that the ordinance as passed in November is flawed, it should either be repealed by the Council, or the Council should advocate for its repeal through the referendum process. The Council will then have a clean slate to pass an unquestionably valid ordinance which the community can then judge on its merits. The Board could then freely endorse an …
Friday, March 22, 2013
In 2012, the entire Medina family was named “MRH Family of the Year.”
Dawn Medina was sworn in on Thursday to serve on the Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education. She will fulfill the term of Lamar Agard, who resigned earlier this year. Medina is a longtime resident of Maplewood and employee of Covidien. She has been active in the school district for many years. She and her husband, Adam, currently have a daughter, Mariah, attending MRH High School. See more photos on Maplewood-Brentwood Patch Facebook. In 2012, the Medina family was named “MRH Family of the Year.” Her family and much of her church family were present for the ceremony on Thursday. Medina's husband is pastor of the New Destiny Apostolic Church in Maplewood. Board President Maria Langston said Medina has always brought "positive energy…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
A meeting between all involved parties tried to improve the ordinance, but the referendum will proceed.
Three Maplewood council members, two MRH school board members, and organizers of the referendum to stop the ordinance allowing QuikTrip to move to Manchester and Big Bend met earlier this month. Dan Lesseg, owner of the corner QuikTrip would like to move to, called the meeting. The group explored options for the ordinance, in hopes that all parties would be satisfied, and the referendum would be withdrawn from the April 2 ballot. The deadline to do that was Monday. Following the meeting, the school board sent a letter to the council requesting the changes. The council responded, making the initial votes to make the changes at the March 12 meeting, with the final vote planned for the March 26 meeting. However, the referendum will not be …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The District issues $3,050,000 in refunding bonds maturing in 2017 or after.
The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District originally issued $6,264,582 in General Obligation Bonds in 2005 to fund voter-approved District improvements. On Dec. 20, 2012 the Board of Education unanimously voted to issue “refunding bonds” for the purpose of refunding all or a portion of the outstanding Series 2005 Bonds maturing in 2017 or after in the aggregate principal amount of $3,050,000. On Jan. 17, the $3.05 million in refunding bonds were sold through Stifel Nicolaus & Company and with the counsel of Gilmore & Bell, P.C. Results of the sale will give the MRH School District $101,377 in cumulative savings (nearly $14,482 in average annual cash-flow savings), according to the district. Demand for the bonds, rated AA-, was good as…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
He offered his resignation at the Jan. 17 meeting, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District announced.
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Board of Education Member Lamar Agard has stepped down. He announced his resignation at the Jan. 17 regular board meeting. Agard resigned to "pursue other personal and professional goals," he is quoted by the school district. The MRH announcement states the remaining board members will seek a replacement to appoint to fulfill Agard's term, which ends in 2015. Read the complete announcement on the MRH website. Also in Patch:
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The board lists permanently blocking Martini Drive and a building a new road through to Big Bend Boulevard as concerns.
A letter the Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education sent to MRH parents on Dec. 17 was also sent to Patch. The letter, signed by the board members, outlines their opposition to QuikTrip relocating to the corner by the school. Following, is the complete letter. Dear MRH Family: Thank you to all of our parents and community members for sharing your thoughts and concerns with us regarding the relocation of QuikTrip to the corner of Big Bend and Manchester. Because of these many heartfelt and extensive discussions, we shared our collective concerns with the City of Maplewood and QuikTrip, and offered compromises to make this development safer for our children. Our primary concerns have always been maintaining a safe area around our …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Seats held by Brooke Rintoul and Nelson Mitten will be up for election in April 2013.
Two Maplewood Richmond Heights School Board seats are up for election in 2013, and the members holding those seats are running to keep them. Nelson Mitten has served on the board the past 15 years. "Despite the fact that the district has come this far, I still feel we have some work," Mitten said. "There are issues, especially in light of the success of the distrtict. We're having a growing student population, and we need to address that to make sure the school district contiues to improve. I'd like to be a part of that work." Brooke Rintoul, the current secretary of the board, is finishing her first term. She said she and her husband have two daughters who joined the district three years ago. "Our district has experienced a true …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Mayor James White said closing Martini Drive to through traffic needs to be done whether or not QuikTrip is built.
At the end of March, this year, Maplewood Richmond Heights School Board President Maria Langston wrote an open letter opposing a proposed QuikTrip relocation to the northeast corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard, across a road to school property. The school board stated concern for the safety of students who had to cross the intersection with a gas station on the corner. After months of negotiations between the school board, QuikTrip and the city the Maplewood City Council took the final vote on Nov. 27. Mayor James White made this statement before the vote: The council has done its due diligence with this bill. This bill has lasted longer than any other bill in the last 30 years, drawn out, trying to work with the school …