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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.

Board Meetings

Notices and agenda are posted before every meeting at the Central Administrative Office and on Board Docs. Minutes from meetings are also posted at that link. Meetings are open to the public and take place in the Research & Design Center at 7539 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO., 63143. 

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School Board's monthly meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, September 16 has been moved to Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. in recognition of Yom Kippur. A link to view the meeting will be published HERE on the day of the meeting.

Public Forum

Monthly meetings typically begin at 7:00 p.m. with a public forum. PUBLIC FORUM IS ONLY AVAILABLE DURING THE BOARD'S MEETINGS ON THE THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH. Those who wish to speak during the public forum will be asked to arrive early and sign in with the Board administrative assistant. Comments are limited to three minutes per person and will be heard in the order of sign-in. 

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MRH Board of Education on September 2, 2021

Meeting Archives

Miss a meeting? Use these links to watch them:

September 14, 2021 Monthly Meeting

September 2, 2021 Special Work Session

August 19, 2021 Monthly Meeting

July 15, 2021 Monthly Meeting

For all prior meetings, click here.

Board Policies

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.

Writing to Board Members

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. General comments may be emailed to the Board at any time via this link.

School Board Candidacy and Service

How Do I Become a School Board Member?

A Few Basics of Board Service

A Candidate's Legal Guide to Running for the School Board

Foundational Principles of Effective Governance

MRH Board Policy BBF: School Board Member Ethics

VIDEO: Board Candidate Requirements

VIDEO: Deciding to be a School Board Candidate

VIDEO: School Law Basics

VIDEO: New School Board Member Required Training Schedule

 

Photograph of Brandi Herndon-Miller

Brandi Herndon-Miller

President (term expires April 2022)

314-644-4400

brandirherndon@hotmail.com

Brandi Herndon-Miller is a lifelong resident of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District. She is a family and criminal law attorney with offices in Clayton. She graduated from Mary Institute/ Country Day School and also attended Xavier University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she obtained her law degree. Herndon-Miller has two daughters attending MRH and has long been active in district affairs.

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Katie Kaufmann

Vice President (term expires April 2023)

(314) 313-5670

katie.kaufmann@mrhschools.net

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.

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Maria Langston

Secretary (term expires April 2023)

(314) 644-6760

maria.langston@mrhschools.net

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.

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Francis Chmelir

Treasurer (term expires April 2023)

(314) 644-6977

francis.chmelir@mrhschools.net

A resident of the MRH district for over twelve years, Francis Chmelir lives in Maplewood with his wife Beth, their daughter Emma, and sons William and Paul, who are both MRH students. Francis Chmelir currently serves as the Director of Operations for Lashback, LLC, an innovative tech company delivering unique and actionable insights in the world of email marketing. Francis has a deep history of contributing to the growth of scalable, technology companies. Most recently Francis served as the Executive Director for ITEN, a catalyst of the tech startup ecosystem in the St. Louis region. Previous professional roles include serving as Director of Operations and a founding member of the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) incubator and the Statewide Director for MoFAST, a part of the University of Missouri system program for technology commercialization. In 2016, Francis was named a St. Louis Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree and selected to be a member of the 41st Leadership St. Louis class of Focus St. Louis. St. Louis Small Business Monthly named Francis one of the “100 St. Louisans You Should Know” in 2017. 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. Since 2016, he has also served on the board of Joe's Place, an MRH-affiliated residence for homeless young men.

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Rachel Goltzman

Director (term expires April 2024

314-644-4400

rachel.goltzman@mrhschools.net

A Richmond Heights resident since 2001, Rachel and her partner, Paul Swier, are raising two children in the MRH School District. She has an undergraduate degree from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Social Work from Washington University and a 2-year post-graduate certification in mental health therapy. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 15 years, including running her own business, she is currently an Office Manager at a local small business. With 22 years of volunteer experience across a variety of areas, including domestic violence awareness, Girl Scouts, youth sports and cancer fundraising, Rachel continues to serve her community through district and volunteer opportunities.

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Amber Withycombe

Director (term expires April 2024

314-669-5240

amber.withycombe@mrhschools.net

Amber Withycombe is the Director of Institutional Giving for the Saint Louis Art Museum, where she oversees corporate, foundation, and government partnerships. She previously held senior fundraising, marketing and management roles in arts administration and higher education and has worked for public university systems in California, Nevada, Iowa, Virginia and Missouri. She serves on the City of Maplewood’s planning and zoning commission and as a volunteer for MapleGOOD, and she co-led an MRH Girl Scout troop. Amber and her partner, Joshua Kryah, have lived in the district since 2013 with their two children, Eavan and Ansel.

Photograph of Ralph Posley

Ralph Posley

Director (term expires April 2022)

(314) 645-4993

ralph.posley@mrhschools.net

Ralph Posley has been a resident of Richmond Heights for three decades. He and wife Addie have seven children. Ralph has been employed 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.