January 2017 Around Town 4


Parkway Schools have earned a high score on the state report card. Parkway is ranked as one of the top performing school districts in St. Louis County.  Parkway earned 98.2 percent on the 2016 Annual Performance Report (APR) released recently by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The Annual Performance Report (APR) uses multiple measures and several years of data to provide an accurate and meaningful look at districts.  DESE uses APR scores to determine how well school districts are meeting Missouri’s education standards under the state’s accountability system, the Missouri School Improvement Program 5 (MSIP5). Schools that score above 90 percent are considered accredited with distinction.  Missouri’s rating system is based on a number of factors including academic achievement (school status, student progress and student growth), subgroup achievement, high school readiness (kindergarten through eighth grade), college or career readiness (kindergarten through 12th grade) attendance rate and graduation rate.


Rockwood School District residents may file as candidates for the Board of Education through Jan. 17 for the election to be held on April 4. Candidates may file from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Rockwood’s Administrative Offices at 111 E. North Street in Eureka.  Offices will be open until 5 p.m. on January 17. Names will appear on the ballot in chronological order of filing. Filing will not occur on days that the school district’s offices are closed due to holidays or inclement weather.  When filing, the applicant should submit a written statement of candidacy addressed to the secretary of the board of education. Candidates must be citizens of the United States, residents of the Rockwood School District, residents of Missouri for at least one year preceding the election and at least 24 years of age. On the April 4 ballot will be three three-year and one one-year board positions. For more information, contact Janet Sadowski, assistant to the Board of Education: 636.733.2005


Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation and the City Council are requesting nominations for the 2016 Chesterfield “Citizen of the Year” award. This is an opportunity to nominate someone who has brought honor upon himself or herself and the community as the result of an outstanding accomplishment or simply by being actively involved and helpful within the community.  Actions being recognized should benefit the overall community of Chesterfield and its residents in some manner through volunteerism, work performed on community projects and overall civic contributions to the community.  Individuals nominated should preferably be a resident of Chesterfield.   If not, the accomplishment should take place in the city. One nomination per person per household is allowed. A nominee cannot serve in a publicly-elected post or be a city employee. Online application forms can be found at Chesterfield.MO.US. Applications are due no later than Feb. 3.  For more information, call: 636.537.4000


Maryville University has been named an Apple Distinguished School for 2016–2018. Maryville has been recognized for its Digital World program, which gives students the opportunity to personalize their education in an enhanced technology environment. This designation affirms Maryville as a leader in revolutionizing higher education in the twenty-first century, said university president Mark Lombardi. He said the university’s innovative approach to personalized learning is a key reason for its enrollment growth and position as a nationally ranked university.  Through Digital World, all Maryville University undergraduate students are given free iPads to maximize and personalize their learning. The program emphasizes collaborative, problem-solving learning and creates a faculty-student partnership that puts students at the center of the learning, To support these efforts, Maryville has substantially upgraded its campus technology and is now in the top 10 percent of all connected campuses nationally, officials said. Maryville has also invested in faculty professional development to expand their understanding of best practices for incorporating iPads in the classroom.


For the second year in a row, St. Luke’s Hospital has earned the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals. The 2016 award recognizes St. Luke’s as one of America’s Best Hospitals for heart care, cancer care, maternity care, and orthopedics, as well as one of America’s best breast centers. The award is based clinical excellence, patient satisfaction and what women want in a hospital experience. WomenCertified Inc., an advocate for female consumers, created the National Women’s Choice Award program. According to WomenCertified, the Women’s Choice Award is based on criteria that consider patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women really want when it comes to treatment and a quality hospital experience.


St. Luke’s Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) has opened a new outpatient imaging center at 19 Clarkson Road (at the corner of Manchester and Clarkson Roads in Ellisville), which officials said offers the first high-field open MRI in West St. Louis County in addition to offering low-dose CT and X-ray. The high-field open MRI, providing clear, high-quality images and faster scan times with a more spacious and comfortable open-sided design, particularly important for patients who are claustrophobic or whose height and weight may prevent them from using traditional MRI. St. Luke’s Hospital owns the center in partnership with Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) and ProSight Radiology Group. “We’re excited to provide area patients more convenient access to high-quality, advanced imaging,” said Dr. Alexandra Georges, St. Luke’s – CDI, LLC medical director and musculoskeletal radiologist. “The strength of the high-field open MRI allows us to capture clear images and provide referring physicians the diagnostic information they need to provide the best care possible. And because it’s open-sided, patients will be able to complete their MRIs more comfortably.” The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Patients with physician referrals may schedule appointments by calling 636.733.8989. For more information, Visit: StLukesCDI-StL.com.

New Administrator for FVC Village Care Center Named

Lydia Seibert, chairman of the local oversight board that administers the Friendship Village retirement communities, promoted Ryan McHugh to administrator of the FVC assisted living and skilled nursing units. McHugh comes to FVC from Friendship Village Sunset Hills Fountain View where he managed the assistant living and memory care community from 2015 until this promotion. He presents a substantive history of senior care.

The Suzanne Otto Group

After returning to St. Louis from sunny San Diego, California with over 22 years of experience in the industry as a Loan Advisor and Realtor, Julie Otto has teamed up with her mother Suzanne Otto, your real estate agent of four decades, to bring you all of the newest specialty home loans from California. The Suzanne Otto Group is a unique, “one stop shop” for your real estate needs. Julie is bringing with her a division of her California-based mortgage company, Cstone Mortgage, Inc., which will be located in Chesterfield Valley. Please visit Julie & Suzanne at their sleek, new Keller Williams office in the Dierberg’s building off Swingley Ridge in Chesterfield. So, whether you’re looking to find a new home or refinance your current one, stop in today to find out how the Ottos can help you get closer to attaining your Relocation and Financial goals!

New Office Location:

16690 Swingley Ridge Drive, Suite 240 Chesterfield, MO 63017

Suzanne Otto 314.276.3400


Julie Otto 858.688.6260



The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presents Chesterfield with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The award represents a significant achievement by the city of Chesterfield. It is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals throughout North America. For further information contact Craig White, Finance Director, at 636.537.4726.


The Chesterfield Parks, Recreation and Arts Department recently installed its newest art sculpture, “Meeting Places” by artist Catharine Magel, in Chesterfield’s Central Park. “Meeting Places” is a sculpture that explores the possibility and relationship between form and surface and the intersection of cultures East and West. The color is evocative of flowing music. Color has emotion like music and therefore the piece is colorful and energetic. The sculpture itself is made of aluminum and the design was drawn in CAD. Water jet cut pieces are made from the drawings and the aluminum will be sprayed with etching spray. As part of the Sounds of Summer Concert Series with Live Art, artist Catharine Magel was chosen to create a permanent sculpture as part of the landscape of the park. The goal was to inform the public about the arts initiatives in Chesterfield by integrating art with the ongoing concert series. The program is meant to engage the public, bring artwork to the outdoors as a reminder of the area’s identity and establish Chesterfield as a creative place maker in the community. The sculpture is located on the north side of the lake near the trail in Chesterfield’s Central Park.

Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce

Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce celebrated a ribbon cutting for the new chartered BAM/Business and Mondey BNI Group facility.

Midwest Regional Bank

Midwest Regional Bank held a groundbreaking celebration in November with other members of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce for the bank’s new planned facility at 17298 North Outer Forty Road in Chesterfield. The new branch will offer retail and commercial banking products and services, ATM and drive-through banking, as well as a cyber café with complimentary coffee and fresh-baked cookies. The new facility is expected to open in May 2017.