Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Board Briefs from June 28, 2021 Business Meeting

This information includes highlights of information received by the Ladue Schools Board of Education at the June 28, 2021 regular Board of Education 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.

Click here to view a recording from the June 28 Board Meeting

Board President Remarks

  • Welcome to everyone; we are excited to meet in-person as we share this meeting virtually with the community.

  • The Board has participated in several events in the last few weeks: we attended Graduation on a hot and sunny day. The student speakers were very inspiring and it was great to feel normal. We held a special board meeting earlier this month where we discussed our Guaranteed Maximum Price for our Prop L projects. It was a very informative and exciting meeting. We held two half-day board retreats which are always important for the district. We discussed our goals and what we’d like our district to look like, along with our financials and potential ‘game-changers’ for our district. We’ll discuss more of those this coming year. We also attended three groundbreaking ceremonies on June 16; it was great to see the community members and staff there with us. It was a meaningful beginning for our district and community.

Superintendent Remarks

  • It feels good to be meeting in-person, and I want to officially welcome our newest Board members Jennifer Growe Soshnik and Marissa Rosen to their first in-person meeting.

  • I’d like to thank our Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Dr. Jason Buckner for his service to our district. He has seen the district grow in many ways and has a lot to be proud of; the decisions he has made have had a big impact on our students.

  • I want to thank our community for its patience as we navigate the transition back to in-person meetings. It is our quest to be as transparent as possible at these meetings, but we’ll have a little bit of a learning curve as we transition back and we appreciate your patience.

  • We will meet with our Medical Task Force on July 14 to discuss our back to school plans in great detail. It’s important that our community knows that we plan to come back to school five days per week in the most normal setting that we can.

  • We hosted three groundbreaking ceremonies on June 16; thanks to the community for its support. Thanks to all who attended along with our Communications Department for making it all possible.

  • We had 20 staff members and Board VP Kisha Lee attend the Racism Institute held by Educational Equity Consultants. We’ve been sending staff to this workshop for several years; thank you to Kisha and all of our staff for dedicating their time to learning, growing, and reflecting.

  • We have a lot of work going on this summer; we are getting ready for the second day of our cabinet retreat on Wednesday. The first day was held on June 2. We have our Board retreat that took place on June 8 and 10, and Summer Institute will be held July 28-29 with our administration.

  • Dr. Geoff Macy is with us tonight; Dr. Macy is our new Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance. I want to thank Geoff for spending time with us in these last few weeks.


2021-22 Preliminary Operating Budget

Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Dr. Jason Buckner recommended, and the Board approved, the Fiscal Year 2022 Preliminary Budget as presented.

2021-22 Tuition Rate Per Policy JECA

Dr. Buckner recommended, and the Board approved, an annualized tuition rate of $18,064 for the 2021-22 school year.

Performance-Based Teacher Evaluation Manual Changes/Certified Staff

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Julie Helm recommended, and the Board approved, LECC and Certified Staff Evaluation Manuals for the 2021-22 school year.

2021-22 Master Agreement

Dr. Helm recommended, and the Board approved, the Master Agreement for the 2021-22 school year.

2021-22 Early Resignation Notification Incentive Plan (ERNIP)

Dr. Helm recommended, and the Board approved, approval of the ERNIP plan for the 2021-22 school year.

2021-22 Board Goals

The Board reviewed and approved Board Goals for the 2021-22 school year as presented.


Energy Services Company Recommendation

Director of Facilities Mike Noonan recommended Performance Services Inc. to serve as the Energy Services Company that will price and execute infrastructure work at Conway and Reed.

Policy BCE - Board Committees/Advisory Committees to the Board

The Board discussed Policy BCE and the coordinating draft document, which outlines possible selection criteria.

Board Presentation Planning

The Board discussed possible dates for presentations throughout the 2021-22 school year.


The next Board of Education meeting will be a regular Business Meeting on Monday, July 26, 2021. The meeting will be held virtually using Zoom and the Meeting ID will be posted on the Featured tab of BoardDocs when the meeting information is officially posted.



  • Consolidated Application for Federal Grants

  • Re-adoption of Board Policy BBFA – Board Member Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure


  • Board Policy Updates

  • First Semester Board Meeting Agenda Calendar