On January 18th the Mehlville School Board of Education voted to approve the Choice School of Innovation. I am grateful to our parents who attended this meeting to promote this decision, and I am proud of our students who represented OES that evening. The creation of the Choice School of Innovation is important. Families are going to be given the opportunity to participate in a radically different system of learning for the first time in Mehlville’s history while remaining connected and engaged with the district. OES parent, Mike Sita, and I have been among several members of the CSOI Implementation Team who have been meeting to develop the types of options that students will be given if they attend the Choice School of Innovation. Things will begin to move quickly now. Families will be able to be eligible to enter the lottery this spring. It is my understanding that five students from each elementary school will be chosen to attend the Choice School of Innovation. I know that many of our families still have questions. Now is the time to ask them. I have invited Dr. Scott Clark, Principal for the Choice School of Innovation, to attend our next PTO meeting on Thursday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the OES library. Please attend this meeting to meet Dr. Clark and to hear updates on the Choice School of Innovation and some of the other changes taking place in the district. As always, my door is open if I can help you navigate these changes and options in any way.