Lindbergh School Board member Donald Bee said he was especially happy to read a resolution rededicating the recently purchased building on Musick Avenue as Dressel Elementary School.
The unanimously passed resolution once again named the $1.93 million purchase after John Martin Dressel— “a pioneer of educational excellence in south St. Louis County and a founder of Lindbergh schools,” according to the resolution.
John Dressel’s son Roy Dressel and other family members accepted the resolution on behalf of the family during Tuesday’s board meeting.
“We are very honored,” Roy Dressel said. “It is a neat thing to have a close relative honored like this.”
Roy Dressel joked with board members the family considered packing the board meeting at the district’s Early Childhood Educational Center following a reunion held locally this past weekend.
Board President Vic Lenz said it was an honor to dedicate the school and welcomed family members to a tour of the school.
John Dressel was a director on the Sappington Elementary District board in 1927 and the first board president of the R-8 Consolidated District in 1948.
Lindbergh Superintendent Jim Simpson echoed board members accolades and added, “History with the Dressel family and Lindbergh School District goes back to the very beginning.”
Dressel Elementary School first opened in 1958, but was one of four elementary schools closed in 1982 due to declining student enrollment.
School officials expect the district to grow an additional 450 students by 2015, and seen the building and accompanying 10 acres as a way to accommodate the anticipated growth.
The current building will house three district programs: LEAP—a program geared toward gifted elementary students, Parents as Teachers—a program for early childhood students, and the Lindbergh Athletic Association.
In other news, principals within the district reported to the board their schools are ready to begin classes following what Simpson described as an “incredible year of transition.”
A $31 million bond issue approved by voters as Proposition R in 2008 has upgraded the district's physical facilities in an effort to relieve overcrowding.
Truman Elementary will soon open as a middle school allowing Sperreng Middle School to serve half as many students. Additionally, Concord will open as an elementary school for a total of five elementary schools and two middle schools.
“We are in the final horse race to make sure all of our schools that had major construction are completed,” Simpson said.