Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Local Digest

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CRESTWOOD > City seeks grant for park improvements * The Board of Aldermen approved an application Tuesday night for a grant from the Municipal Parks Commission to implement its Spellman Park improvement plan.

The 3-acre park is at the north end of Spellman Avenue, where a major road improvement project began late in 2013 after three years of planning. Most of the $1.3 million cost for the road improvements is being paid with federal funds.

Under the master improvement plan for the park, tennis courts would be renovated, and play stations, picnic areas and lighting would be added or improved. The park project would cost $300,000 or more, depending on how much the city could add to the total, parks director Todd Stover said.

Crestwood has received four park grants since the commission began awarding them in 2001. The last was in 2013, when the city joined Sunset Hills in a dog park development. In total, the city has received more than $700,000 from commission grants.

The commission awarded Crestwood the 2012 planning grant for Spellman Park; the city added $1,000. Cities are not obligated to supplement the construction grants. (Special to the Post-Dispatch)

FERGUSON-FLORISSANT SCHOOLS > Firm hired to begin search for new superintendent * The Ferguson-Florissant School District School Board has selected a firm to help in its search for a new superintendent.

The Proact search firm, based in Willamette, Ill., has been selected to help in the recruitment, acting superintendent Larry Larrew said at Wednesday night's meeting.

The position has been open since the controversial suspension and eventual resignation in March of Art McCoy, who is black, by a school board that was all-white at the time. The board has one black member now.

Larrew has said he is not interested in the permanent position.

Also at the meeting attended by about 25 residents, officials offered brief statements about the delay of the start of school until Monday because of the protests and unrest over the shooting of an unarmed teen by a Ferguson police officer. …

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