New Innovative School Will Put Mehlville Ahead Of The Curve

Board Approves New Innovative Elementary School
Posted on 01/19/2017
Scott Clark

The proposed Choice School of Innovation (CSOI) became a reality on Wednesday, January 18th, when the Mehlville School District Board of Education voted to approve the project.  The new elementary school will open in August of 2017.   Board members Samantha Stormer, Jean Pretto, Dr. Lisa Dorsey, Larry Felton and Kevin Schartner voted yes, while Venki Palamand and Jamey Murphy voted no.

The CSOI will bring the very latest teaching techniques into the classrooms at what is currently the St. John school, located right across the street from the Mehlville High School and administration complex.  Current Forder principal Dr. Scott Clark is in charge of the new school.  “I am totally overwhelmed by the support shown by the board,” said Dr. Clark.  “This new elementary school will give students an exciting new path in their education, and it will hopefully inspire how we teach children in every Mehlville District school.”

The board members spent nearly an hour debating the pros and cons of creating a new elementary school before voting on the proposal.  “This is a proven concept.  It has worked in other places,” board member Larry Felton said.  “From a concept this is a no brainer.  From finances how can you not take the risk?  The greatest risk is to do nothing.”

Students for the new school, which does not have an official name yet, will be chosen through a lottery system.  The student population at the new school will reflect the demographics of the District.  The lottery will be held this spring.  For the first year, the CSOI will have grades Kindergarten through 4th grade.  For the 2018-19 school year it will add 5th grade classes.

Much more information about the new elementary school will be released in the coming weeks.

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The proposed Choice School Of Innovation (CSOI) continues to take shape, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Scott Clark and his CSOI committee which consists of District staff members and parents.  The creation of a new elementary school is a complicated process with many interconnected parts, from curriculum to staffing to enrollment to transportation to food service to funding and much more. Putting all these different pieces together is both exciting and challenging.

Dr. Clark and District administrators continue to get lots of questions and feedback from the community, which are important parts of the school creation process.  Many details are still evolving and will continue to evolve right up until the time the Board of Education considers and votes on the plan at its January 18th meeting.  To answer some of those questions and to update the community on the work being done, the CSOI committee has prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  We encourage everyone to read the attached document so they have a better understanding about the proposed school and how it will benefit the children of the Mehlville School District.

 

 

The proposed Choice School Of Innovation (CSOI) continues to take shape, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Scott Clark and his CSOI committee which consists of District staff members and parents.  The creation of a new elementary school is a complicated process with many interconnected parts, from curriculum to staffing to enrollment to transportation to food service to funding and much more. Putting all these different pieces together is both exciting and challenging.

Dr. Clark and District administrators continue to get lots of questions and feedback from the community, which are important parts of the school creation process.  Many details are still evolving and will continue to evolve right up until the time the Board of Education considers and votes on the plan at its January 18th meeting.  To answer some of those questions and to update the community on the work being done, the CSOI committee has prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  We encourage everyone to read the attached document so they have a better understanding about the proposed school and how it will benefit the children of the Mehlville School District.


                 


                   

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