St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is investigating pay levels for the CEOs of five of the city's premier cultural institutions: the Zoo, the History Museum, the Art Museum, Botanical Garden, and the Science Center.
In total, $72 million in taxpayer funds flows to these institutions through the Zoo Museum District.
Amid a major budget deficit, some aldermen would like to know more about executive salaries approaching $400,000. That does not include pension plans and other compensation.
St. Louis – The board that oversees the St. Louis Police Department will decide next month on a firm to evaluate how much it will cost to purchase and retrofit a vacant downtown office building for a possible new headquarters.
Chief Dan Isom told the Board of Police Commissioners last year that the current headquarters needs $15 million in emergency repairs. And on Wednesday, the Board approved an increase in a maintenance contract for the air conditioning units.
St. Louis – A group scrambling to upgrade Mississippi River levees in the Metro East now estimates repairs at $160 million to $170 million.
The Southwestern Illinois Flood Protection District Council says that's enough to make barriers capable of handling FEMA's 100-year flood threshold. Such a flood has a 1 percent chance of happening any given year.
New FEMA floodplain maps expected next year could show the levees as useless, meaning mandatory insurance and higher rates for thousands of home and business owners.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Education has voted unanimously not to renew the charter for Paideia Academy. The St. Louis charter school had more than 500 elementary students enrolled this past school year.
Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla recently announced its decision to drop sponsorship of the charter school, which had been underperforming academically. Jocelyn Strand is with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).