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Margaret Buerkle Middle School Principal Scott Hayes, left, congratulates Jerry Langsdorf at the official dedication of the Langsdorf Counseling Center.

Counseling center named after Langsdorf


Just outside the newly remodeled counseling center at Margaret Buerkle Middle School sits a soothing fountain.

Above that fountain is a dedication plaque and a photograph of the man the counseling center is now named after — retired principal and former counselor Jerry Langsdorf.

Current Buerkle Principal Scott Hayes recently conducted a dedication day for the counseling center to honor his former mentor.

Among the words on the plaque are three that ring true for everyone who knows Langsdorf — "Counselor to Many."

At the dedication ceremony, several current and former Buerkle staff members, along with a few parents, shared memories of times spent with Langsdorf, according to a district news release.

Among those taking time to honor Langsdorf were Cliff Stratton, assistant principal at Buerkle when Langsdorf was counselor, and Mehlville Board of Education Secretary Marea Kluth-Hoppe, a parent at Buerkle when Langsdorf was principal.

Langsdorf served the Mehlville School District for more than 30 years as a teacher, counselor and principal.

He retired after the 2002-2003 school year, turning over the reins of Margaret Buerkle Middle School to Hayes.

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