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June 19, 2013 - Congratulations to Vic Lenz, who was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education last week by Gov. Jay Nixon.
Quite frankly, we'd be hard pressed to think of a bigger advocate of public education than Dr. Lenz, who served as president of the Missouri School Boards' Association in 2011-2012.
Dr. Lenz, who has served as Lindbergh Schools Board of Education president since 2011, was elected to his third, three-year term on the school board in April. Before his election to the board in April 2004, he served the district as a teacher, guidance counselor, principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
Unfortunately, the State Board of Education's gain is Lindbergh's loss, as Dr. Lenz will have to resign from the Lindbergh school board. State Board of Education members are not permitted to serve a local school district board term concurrently.
The governor appointed Dr. Lenz to a term ending July 1, 2019.
In Sunset Hills, Ward 3 Alderman Stephen Webb resigned last week because he is moving outside the city.
Before being elected to the Board of Aldermen in April 2008, Mr. Webb served on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission. He twice was elected acting president of the Board of Aldermen and also served as chairman of the Public Works and the Business Development committees.
In addition, Mr. Webb chaired the Capital Improvement Committee, which formulated the city's first-ever capital-improvement plan. The panel identified nearly 100 potential projects and items totaling roughly $7.8 million in the five-year plan outlining the city's capital-improvement needs, and was instrumental in helping secure voter approval last August of a permanent extension of the city's half-cent, capital-improvement sales tax.
Mr. Webb's dedication and excellent service to the city and its residents will be sorely missed. But Mayor Bill Nolan's appointment of a capable successor — Kurt Krueger — was approved June 11 by the Board of Aldermen.
Besides his service on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Mr. Krueger served on the Revenue Review Committee, which recommended the Board of Aldermen place before voters a measure seeking the permanent extension of the half-cent, capital-improvement sales tax.
We believe Ward 3 residents and residents citywide will be served well by Mr. Krueger.