Affton Schools Proceeds With Prop. 1 Work

“The Affton School Board approved some $61,000 in Proposition 1 projects at its meeting last month.

The board approved a bid from William Tao & Associates to design the plan for installation of air conditioning at Affton High School and the administration building. William Tao was the low bidder at $42,900.

The high school is about halfway air conditioned now, according to Affton Superintendent Don Francis.

“We plan to have all of our air conditioning in place by fall of 2007,” Francis said. “We’re also going to make the high school a lot more energy efficient by replacing many of the windows at the high school this summer.”

The second project will be the addition of new lights in the rear parking lot at Rogers Middle School. Casey Electric was the low bidder for the project at a cost of $18,680.

“This is something we’ve needed to do for a while,” said Francis. “It’s pretty dark back there, and it’s caused us some problems.”

Francis said the new lighting should be installed over the next few months.

Proposition 1 was a $1.36 tax-levy increase approved by district voters in fall of 2004.

“We remain very appreciative of our community’s support for that size of a levy increase,” Francis said. “We think they’re seeing and will continue to see the results of their support.”

The board also approved a bid from to provide student e-mail accounts as required by the district’s educational technology curriculum, which outlines key technology competencies that students must master. One of these competencies is email. will set up student e-mail accounts from the district’s network to teach students how to use e-mail. The program will begin at the middle school and high school. It will cost $2.65 per student account. Gaggle was the low bid for the project.

“We can use this system to teach them how to use e-mail, e-mail etiquette, and research,” Francis said. “Teachers will be able to monitor the system, and any e-mails that come into or go out of the district’s network will be seen by a teacher before it goes out.”

Three Candidates File For School Board Election

Three candidates have filed for two spots in this spring’s election for Affton School Board.

Board Vice President Scott Sifton will seek another term on the board, but President Steve Meeks, whose term expires this year, has decided not to run again.

The other two candidates are Michael McNeil, who owns a St. Louis-based computer company, and Robert Pelc, a former Affton School District teacher.

Filing for the election closed on Jan. 16. Election Day is April 3.”

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Printed in the South County Times on February 2, 2007

Article by Murray Farish

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