July 28, 2017

Clayton School District Contracts to Sell Maryland School to Centene

“The following is a public message that was emailed to Clayton School District subscribers. This information is also available at http://www.claytonschools.net

July 28, 2017: The School District of Clayton has entered into a contract to sell the Maryland School property to Centene Corporation (NYSC: CNC). The agreement was finalized earlier this week. Centene is planning to use the building to house its Centene University, which will offer its flagship leadership development program to Centene employees. It will also house its early childhood development center for employees’ children. While significant rehabilitation of the building is needed, Centene is committed to minimizing disruption to the extent possible to the immediate community.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to preserve this historic building and maintain it as a place for education for our employees and their children,” said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO for Centene. “This site has been vacant for many years and is in decay. We look forward to bringing life back into the building.”
The District recently put the Maryland School back on the market and received seven offers to buy and one offer to lease the property. The Board of Education voted unanimously to move forward with Centene’s proposal.
“Preserving the historic William B. Ittner building was something we knew was important to the surrounding community,” explained Board of Education President Kristin Redington. “Centene’s proposal not only preserves the building but their vision also maintains the overall character of the site. Furthermore, their offer allowed the Board to make a fiscally-responsible decision that will provide both short- and long-term revenue to support our schools.”
The District last used Maryland School as an elementary school in 1980. Since being closed as an elementary school, the school has been rented to a private pre-school/elementary school and used as a temporary site for both District’s early childhood program and The Wilson School. Terms of the contract (including sale price) cannot be disclosed until both parties have closed on the sale and the transaction is final.
About Centene Corporation
Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored programs, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly known as "Part D"), as well as programs with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Centene operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.
About the School District of Clayton
As a public school system dedicated to the education of all children who come to its schools, the School District of Clayton inspires each of its students to love learning and embrace challenge within a rich and rigorous academic culture. The District’s early childhood center, three elementary schools, middle school and high school serve a diverse student body of approximately 2,600.”

July 22, 2017

Kol Rinah Maryland Avenue Project Update Meeting

Thursday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm
7701 Maryland Avenue
Lower Level Conference Room
 Clayton MO 63105

Dave Cooperstein would like to update our neighborhood regarding the property renovation at 7701 Maryland. New architects from Clayton's Patterhn-Ives, llc have been hired to help meet the project's budget. They have come up with a fantastic, potentially beautiful new scheme, that handles the site in a slightly different way. It is believed that there are a number of elements of the site design that will be even MORE appealing to the adjacent neighbors.
There will be coffee and dessert available, and a question/answer session will follow the presentation. Mark your calendars and bring your neighbors on August 3rd.

May 24, 2017

REMINDER : Maryland School discussion meeting tonight

The Clayton Board of Education will be meeting to discuss (not vote) on the Maryland School property.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and help spread the word.  A large turnout could impact their discussion.

Tonight, - Wednesday May 24th
7 pm
#2 Mark Twain Drive

May 5, 2017

May 8th Meeting - Share Your Thoughts on the Future of Maryland School

Monday, May 8, 2017,  7 pm - 8:30 pm
LOCATION:  Board Room at the School District's Administrative Center
#2 Mark Twain Circle
Clayton, MO  63105

Chris Tennill, Chief Communications Officer from the Clayton School District, would like to invite residents to provide high-level feedback from our Old Town community about options for next steps with the Maryland School property.  They would like to hear from members of the Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association, particularly those who live close to Maryland School, about their thoughts for the future use of the property. This, along with the survey that was sent out last week, will be one of several data points the Board of Education will use to make a decision about next steps for the property.  Another link to the survey is below for those of you who want to take it.

Share Your Thoughts on the Future of the Maryland School Property

The District last used Maryland School as an elementary school in 1980. Since being closed as an elementary school, the school and its grounds have been used as: rental property to a private preschool/elementary school (Clayton Academy), a temporary site for the District’s early childhood education program during construction and a temporary home for The Wilson School after a fire. A sale of the property fell through last year when the buyer could not obtain the necessary rezoning.

The survey will ask you to evaluate the following four options as well as provide you with an opportunity to suggest your own ideas. The options on the survey, which are based on options developed by the District's Long-Term Financial Planning Committee, include:

  • Renovate the building for potential future use by the District or an outside entity.
  • Make only needed repairs to the building and retain the entire property for potential future use.
  • Selling the entire property to be developed. (Current R-2 zoning allows for single-family homes.)
  • Sell the six out-lots (for single-family homes). Retain the remaining two acres for potential future use. This would include razing the building, creating green space with the remaining two acres, which could be used for potential future use or eventually sold for single family homes.

April 13, 2017

Hanley Park Planning Meeting - May 1st

The City of Clayton would like to invite you to join the Parks & Recreation Commission at their next meeting on Monday, May 1st at 6:00 pm in Hanley Park. The Commission will discuss potential plans for the newly acquired property on the west side of the park as well as gather any suggestions you might have to improve the park.   They will meet by the Pavilion (weather permitting) or inside if necessary.   In particular, they would like to discuss the location for a gate on the west end of the property as well as a path to connect that entrance to the other paths in the park.  
If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to provide input please feel free to contact Patty DeForrest, Director of Parks & Recreation at pdeforrest@claytonmo.gov or 314-290-8464. 

March 25, 2017

BOE Meeting Regarding Maryland School Property Options


Board of Education Meeting (open to public)
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Admin Building
Board Room
#2 Mark Twain Circle
Clayton, MO 63105

The Board of Education will be discussing future options for the Maryland School property at their meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. These options range from keeping the property as is to selling it all for single family housing to selling a portion of the property and razing the building, with a few others in between.

Link to agenda HERE. 

Chris Tennill, APR
Chief Communications Officer
School District of Clayton

March 7, 2017

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