From the flyer:
The purpose of this gathering is to give parents from Pre-K to High School a chance to get to know each other, talk with staff, and learn more about our innovative school district! Parents and staff will participate in group activities, and Superintendent Karen I. Hall will present on MRH School District’s past, present, and future. Please join us and bring a favorite “finger food” to share. This is one event you won’t want to miss!
Babysitting will be provided!
Download the registration form here:
MRH Parent Potluck
The MRH theater department is now performing the play The Laramie Project at the High School theater, which deals with the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepherd, a gay student at the University of Wyoming. WBC has announced their intentions to protest this production on Saturday, Oct 20 at 1:15pm.
The MRH community has organized a rally in response, as reported on the district’s website, and CfMRH is proud to help get the word out. The rally will be Saturday from 12:30 – 2:00 pm at the MRH High School Athletic Field Bleachers. Please refer to the link above for more information and to make this a peaceful and respectful event.
Read more about it via The Patch, and be sure and check out one of the two performances on Saturday.
(Note: check out The Patch’s write up for facts and details about Tuesday’s Maplewood City Council meeting: http://maplewood-brentwood.patch.com/articles/maplewood-quiktrip-vote-tabled-before-last-vote)
Dear MRH Parents and Citizens,
Citizens for MRH wishes to express our position on the QuikTrip relocation plan now that it has been read twice by the city council and amended via the PUD process.
From the start Citizens for MRH was in opposition to the plan as originally written. Two weeks ago we expressed to the city council our satisfaction that they were trying to create a safer plan. We also advised them that we would continue to oppose the original plan and insist that the amended plan not be voted on a third time until the county approves the signal changes stipulated in the PUD amendments and not unless the parties involved agree to conduct an independent safety study of the final plan.
Now that the MRH Board of Education has enlisted a second traffic consultant who helped them make suggestions for revisions to the plan we feel that third independent study is not necessary.
And so CFMRH’s current position is that we still oppose the original plan. But we applaud the efforts of the city council, the MRH Board of Education and the QuikTrip Corporation for combining their efforts to resolve the safety concerns of residents and MRH parents. Several ideas presented by all three parties will make this plan safer than originally proposed.
CFMRH recognizes our work is not finished. The process is not over so we will continue to engage citizens and the parties involved. Further, it is our understanding that the county has yet to review the recently suggested revisions to the plan. And hence they have not yet agreed to the recommended signaling changes at the intersection. CFMRH cannot support the development without these signaling changes. Although we have insisted that the city council not approve the plan without these changes, we stand ready to lobby elected and appointed county officials should we feel they are neglecting our
community’s safety concerns by not implementing the recommended signal changes.
In closing Citizens for MRH believes strongly that our community rests upon a few key pillars. Three of the most valuable pillars are our schools, our city governments and our resident businesses. Seeing all three working together is exciting. This sort of cooperation is how we will continue to build upon the strengths of this very promising community.
Citizens for MRH
Please come out and see us at Schlafly Bottleworks on Monday at 7:30pm. We’ll be discussing recent developments and next steps, while leaving plenty of time to socialize and enjoy some local brew.
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See you there!
Last night was a very good turnout of our supporters at the city hall meeting. Standing room only and over 20 people speaking on behalf of our cause. It was just the right mix too. While many came prepared with the talking points no one was really comfortable just reading them. This was perfect actually. What we wanted was a good mix of facts and emotion. Had everyone just read the points we would have lacked our heartfelt feelings. It was so great to see people use the facts but give voice to their concerns with their own words. This delivered so much more creativity than just reading talking points. As a result there were several new points brought up that we up to now had not even thought of like the effects upon walking field trips at the ECC. It was incredibly pleasing to see our citizens in action.
Special shout outs to those who spoke and especially to those who came saying “I’ll speak but only if you really need me”. Several of you who said that were asked to speak. Thank you so much for following our lead to somewhere a bit outside your comfort zone. To you your fellow citizens are most especially grateful.
Of course the cause is not complete. The council tabled the 1st and 2nd reading of the proposal and it will not take place until at least the next council meeting on 9/11/12. You might say this buys us some time and buys QT some time perhaps to offer some changes or compromises. But it also buys time for us to go dormant on the issue. Let us not fall into that possibility. The safety of MRH children is no fading interest. The pressure of our engaged interest is working but we must continue that engagement and pressure. Now is a great time to write your council members again and tell them “see we really do care and we know the facts” or better yet if you have not yet written them please do so.
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You can read more about last night’s meeting on The Patch
Author Doug Miner provides a breakdown of the traffic estimates for Martini Drive if the QT plan is approved.
…taking the projected site numbers of 585 in the morning rush hour and 475 in the school dismissal peak hour, and dividing by a third (Martini is expected to carry 1/3 of total site trips), you get 195 in the am peak hour and 158 in the pm peak hour on Martini.
Full story here.