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Friday, October 22, 2021 - 11:36am

ST. LOUIS — The “Man on White Horse” will soon travel from a conference room at St. Louis Public Schools headquarters to the Missouri Historical Society’s collection.

The painting by Oscar Berninghaus, a famed St. Louis artist whose works were displayed at the 1904 World’s Fair, is part of a collection owned by the school district. The district is culling some pieces as it closes buildings due to falling enrollment.

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 11:36am

ST. LOUIS — About 96% of St. Louis Public Schools faculty and staff have been vaccinated against COVID-19, officials said Friday as the deadline for the district’s employees to get the shot passed.

Of 3,404 total employees, approximately 120 were not in compliance with the district’s vaccine mandate and about 35 had received exemptions or were requesting one, said George Sells, spokesman for St. Louis Public Schools.

But an overwhelming majority, about 3,249 employees, had complied with the new policy the school board enacted on Aug. 24, he said.

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 11:36am

Two Washington University medical school experts have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Membership in the academy, which was announced Monday, is considered a high honor in health and medicine and is given to those who have "demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service."

Samuel Achilefu is a radiology professor and director of the optical radiology laboratory at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. He was recognized for outstanding contributions in the field of optical imaging for identifying sites of diseases.

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 11:14am

BALLWIN — Fourth grade teacher Caroline Ayers was the same age as her current students, sitting in the same classroom at Henry Elementary School, when the intercom crackled the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, with unthinkable news.

Ayers said she can’t recall much else from that day, but she does remember the camaraderie of the class, their impromptu kickball games and feeling “safe and cared for” that year by her teacher, Tom Koerner.

It’s what she wants for her own students as she prepares the 9/11 anniversary lesson developed by Parkway School District administrators.

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 11:14am

A friend of mine left the teaching profession recently.

She didn’t retire. She didn’t win the lottery or get offered more money in another career field. She left because she was burned out. She was a young teacher — and a good one — but the field wasn’t working out for her. She’s not alone.

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