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Public is invited to meet top candidates for superintendent

RIVERVIEW GARDENS SCHOOLS * Administrators, staff, parents and community members of the Riverview Gardens School District are invited to participate in a forum with the district's top two candidates for superintendent of schools on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. at Westview Middle School, 1950 Nemnich Drive.

The two finalists for the position are Shelly Mills-Walker, assistant superintendent of student services in the Ritenour School District; and Scott Spurgeon, former superintendent of schools in the Belleville High district. Brent Underwood, a consultant with the Missouri School Boards' Association, will moderate the community forum.

Sixteen candidates applied for the position. Riverview Gardens Special Administrative Board plans to make its final decision by the end of January. The new superintendent will begin on July 1.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-COLUMBIA > Researcher earns presidential honor * President Barack Obama named university of Missouri researcher M. Frederick Hawthorne last week as a recipient of the National Medal of Science. Hawthorne is the director of the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine at MU, as well as Curators' Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Radiology. …