Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Board Briefs from April 24, 2017 Business Meeting

This information includes highlights of information received by the Ladue Schools Board of Education at the April 24, 2017 Business Meeting.  This is an unofficial record.  Official minutes of each Board meeting are posted on the district website and are available for viewing at the Administrative Center after the Board approves them, typically two weeks after the meeting.

Superintendent Remarks
  • Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke commented on the opening of the new Olivette City Center that she attended on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  She congratulated the city on creating an impressive facility designed well to the support the citizens of Olivette.  

Designation of Board Delegates/Alternates for: MSBA, SSD Governing Council, EdPlus Legislative Liaison. The Board approved the appointments of the following Board members as liaisons to associations with which the district regularly meets and collaborates.

  • Missouri School Board Association: Sheri Glantz, with Andy Bresler as alternate
  • Special School District: Nancy Goldstein, with Kisha Lee as alternate
  • EdPlus Legislative Liaison: Dr. Donna Jahnke, with Jeff Kopolow as alternate

High School Building Project: Report #13; Payment Applications; Work Package Bid Approvals. Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Dr. Jason Buckner shared that Advanced Placement (AP) testing is taking place at Ladue Middle School in order for these assessments to be administered in a quiet environment without delaying construction progress.

Project Director for S.M. Wilson Kort Cole informed the Board that as of April 28, 2017, all of the design documents for the project will be complete, resulting in the architects and construction team all working from one complete set of construction plans.  

Mr. Cole also presented, and the Board approved, contractor pay applications for the month of March.  Mr. Cole also provided construction progress report #13, which includes updates on design and engineering; permitting; finance and budget; bidding and procurement; scheduling; current construction activity and change orders.  Photos of various components of the project are included in the linked document.  

Administrative Salary Structure. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Ken Rossics presented, and the Board approved, the Administrative Salary structure to be used in determining salary increases for administrators for the 2017-18 school year.  The factors in the schedule include: current education level, inflationary changes, and similar administrative experience.  It also allows for performance to be introduced as a factor at a later date.  


Support Staff Employee Council Report. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Ken Rossics presented the Support Staff Employee Council (SSEC) Report, which outlines salary and benefit considerations which have resulted from regular SSEC meetings since the beginning of the school year.  Recommendation for changes in salary ranges, titles, increase recommendations, evaluation procedures and potential leave revisions are included in the report.  Final salary recommendations will be recommended for consideration at the May 8, 2017, Board meeting.

Communications Report. The Communications Department updated the Board on initiatives completed by the Communication Department over the past year, as well as areas of focus for the following school year, which include: supporting strategic plan development, supporting the high school renovation initiative, converting all websites to content management systems responsive to all devices, developing structures between the district and the Ladue Education Foundation to support the Ladue Alumni Association, and fully integrating the ParentLink messaging platform into communications sent by administrators, support staff, teachers and coaches.

Recommended Patron Appointments to Board Advisory Committees. Administrators and Board members discussed patron appointments to the Facilities Board Advisory Committee and the Finance Board Advisory Committees.  Final recommendations will be made and voted upon at the May 8, 2017, Board meeting.

2017-2018 Board Meeting Dates. Dr. Jahnke outlined the anticipated schedule for Board meetings for the 2017-18 school year.  Generally speaking, Work Sessions will take place on the second Tuesday of the month and Business Meetings will take place on the fourth Monday of the month. All meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Administrative Center, 9703 Conway Road.  


The next Board of Education meeting will be a Business Meeting on May 8, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Administrative Center, 9703 Conway Road. Tentative agenda items include the following.  

Tentative Agenda Items for Business Meeting May 8, 2017:

  • 2017-18 Board Meeting Dates
  • Recommended Patron Appointments to Board Advisory Committees
  • High School Building Project
    • Project Report #14
    • Payment Applications/Bid Approvals

  • 2017-18 Testing Schedule
  • Extra Duty Stipend Amounts
  • Food Service Contract
  • 2017-18 School Lunch Prices
  • 2017-18 Budget Introduction and Financial Planning
  • Board Member Assignment to Board Advisory and Other Committees