From: Call Newspapers
June 01, 2011 - Former Mehlville Board of Education members and the chairman of the Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors are among those interested in filling a vacant seat on the school board.
Ten district residents have submitted letters of interest for the seat, from which board member Micheal Ocello resigned in April. The period for applications closed today — June 3.
Following are the candidates in the order which they applied:
• Gary "Brit" Rose
Rose ran unsuccessfully in 2009 for one of two seats on the Board of Education. He was the fourth-highest vote-getter out of five candidates.
• Ken Leach
Leach served one term on the Board of Education, from 2005 until 2008, including one year as board president.
• David Wessel
Wessel vied unsuccessfully for one of three open seats on the Board of Education this year. He was fourth-highest vote-getter out of nine candidates in the April election.
• Michael Gindler
Gindler has served on the district's Finance Committee since its inception in 2008 and is the committee's vice president.
• Greg Frigerio
Frigerio is a founding member of the Mehlville Community Taxpayers Association, a group that formed last year to oppose the district's Proposition C, a proposed 88-cent tax-rate increase that was defeated in the November election.
• Timothy Champion
Champion has been the head women's soccer coach at St. Louis University for the past 15 years.
• Marea Kluth-Hoppe
Kluth-Hoppe served one term on the Board of Education, from 2002 until 2005, including one year as board secretary. She ran unsuccessfully for the board in 2005, 2008 and last April.
• Fred Padberg
Padberg is a military veteran and is the founder and president of Padberg Graphic Design Studio. He also is the president of Padberg Properties of St. Louis.
• Aaron Hilmer
Hilmer is the chairman of the MFPD Board of Directors. He was elected to the board in 2005 and was re-elected to a second six-year term in April.
• Ronald Fedorchak
Fedorchak recently served on a committee led by Assistant Superintendent-Curriculum Connie Hurst-Bayless on the future of the district's Strings program.
Whoever fills the board vacancy will serve until April 2012, when the seat will be up for election for a three-year term.
The school board is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Administration Building, 3120 Lemay Ferry Road, to discuss the applications.
Read more about the 10 board applicants in next week's Call.