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Board of Education
The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District is organized and governed by a seven-member Board of Education pursuant to Chapter 162 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, as amended. The voters of the district elect the directors of the Board for three-year staggered terms, with two directors elected in two successive years and three directors elected every three years. All directors are elected at-large and serve without compensation. The Board of Education is responsible for all policy decisions. The president of the board is elected by the board from among its members for a term of one year and has no regular administrative duties.
Regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings are held in the library/media center at MRH High School, 7539 Manchester Road, Maplewood. Meetings typically begin at 7:00 p.m. with a public forum. Notices and agenda are posted before every meeting at the Central Administrative Office, 7539 Manchester Road, and on Board Docs. Minutes from meetings are also posted at this link.
MRH Board policies are in place to give the district operational guidelines. Policies ensure that the district functions in accordance with state and federal law. The Board of Education refers to the policies as it makes decisions for the district.
All MRH board policies may be accessed and searched by keyword at Policy Online.
To send written correspondence to a Board of Education member, send it to that member's attention to: MRH School District, 7539 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO 63143.
President (term expires April 2019)
Nelson Mitten, a resident of Richmond Heights for over 20 years, is married to Gina and has two children, Travis and Natalie, who are both MRH graduates. Gina represents the 83rd District in the Missouri House of Representatives. Nelson is an attorney with Riezman Berger, PC. A member of the Board of Education since 1998, Nelson was president from 1999 to 2001 and from 2007 to 2008. He served on the Executive Committee of the Cooperating School Districts from 2001 to 2004.
Vice President (term expires April 2017)
Katie Kaufmann joined the Board of Education in April 2014. She is currently the Director of St. Louis Ready by 21, a collective impact approach to improving outcomes for children and youth across St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. Katie began her career as a middle school math teacher and department chair at Lift for Life Academy in the City of St. Louis. She has eight years of experience in nonprofit leadership and management with expertise and passion around developing the talent of others and leveraging the expertise of diverse constituents. Katie and her husband have been residents of Richmond Heights since 2006.
Treasurer (term expires April 2018)
Wesley (Wes) Robb, a resident of Maplewood and environmental consultant with Wellington Environmental, has been active in the school district and community for many years. He sat on the City of Maplewood’s Design and Review Board for seven years, and served as its chairman for the last three years. He has also been part of the school district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) committee, and the last two Long-Range Facilities Study Committees. Wes and his wife, Jackie, have a daughter, Gwen, attending MRH Middle School. He joined the Board of Education in August 2014.
Secretary (term expires April 2017)
Maria Langston began her first term on the Board of Education in April 2008 with years of experience working on behalf of the MRH School District. She served as president of the Early Childhood Center PTO for three years, and has served as parent representative on the Teaching and Learning Council, the Academic Calendar Committee and in the Comprehensive School Improvement Program planning process. She and her husband, Mark, are the parents of two MRH students. Together, they were named the district's "Family of the Year" in 2007. Maria is the Assistant Vice President and Community Development Officer, St. Louis Community Credit Union.
Director (term expires April 2018)
Ralph E. Posley has been a resident of Richmond Heights for over 25 years. He has been married to his wife, Addie, for 30 years. They have seven children, three of whom attend the MRH Early Childhood Center. One of their three grandchildren, Lily, is enrolled in the Head Start Program at ECC. Ralph has been employed for seven years with Covidian Healthcare Pharmaceuticals as a lab assistant and dispatcher. He is also Pastor of the Word of God Christian Church in Richmond Heights. He was awarded the 2008 Citizen of the Year Award by Unity Pact.
Director (term expires April 2017)
A resident of the MRH district for over ten years, Francis Chmelir lives in Maplewood with his wife Beth, their daughter Emma, and sons William and Paul, who are both MRH students. Francis has been involved in the district in numerous ways, including serving on the long-range planning committee. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University with an emphasis on organizational psychology, and graduate work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and University of Missouri-Columbia. Francis currently serves as the Executive Director of ITEN, the Information Technology Entrepreneur Network, which is a part of Innovate St. Louis.
Director (term expires April 2019)
Ray Crader joined the Board of Education in November 2014. Crader, a resident of Maplewood for more than 20 years, is a licensed architect and currently the Supervisor of Design and Construction for the St. Louis County Department of Public Works. There, he oversees the design and construction of all St. Louis County facilities. Crader has been part of the school district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) Committee, and the Long-Range Facilities Study Committee. His wife, Cindy, is currently the president of the MRH Early Childhood Center Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) where their two sons attend school.