Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Board Briefs from Jan. 22, 2018 Business Meeting

This information includes highlights of information received by the Ladue Schools Board of Education at the Jan. 22, 2018 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.

Excellence in Education Award
Julianne Schankman
Early Childhood Music Teacher, Ladue Early Childhood Center

Board of Education Appreciation Week
Andy Bresler, Sheri Glantz, Nancy Leve Goldstein, Carolyn Jaeger,
Sheldon Johnson, Jeff Kopolow, Kisha Lee

Board President's Remarks
  • After Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke recognized the Board of Education for their service in honor of Board of Education Appreciation Week, President Andy Bresler thanked Dr. Jahnke, indicating that he believes he speaks for all Board members when he says they are all honored to be serving the Ladue Schools community. He specifically noted his appreciation for his fellow Board members and the spirit of collaboration in which they work.   
  • Mr. Bresler also announced that three candidates have filed for the Board of Education election to be held on April 3, 2018. Two candidates will be elected to fulfill three-year terms. In the order the candidate’s names will appear on the ballot, they are: Nancy Leve Goldstein, Sheri Glantz and Tom O’Brien.
Superintendent Remarks
  • Dr. Jahnke recommended that everyone take the opportunity to go to this year’s Chili Supper, if they are able.  This annual event takes place on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 from 5-7 p.m.  The Boys Varsity Basketball Team will take on Parkway West at 7 p.m. in the Nielson Gymnasium.  

2017-2018 Revised Budget. Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Dr. Jason Buckner presented, and the Board approved, the 2017-2018 Revised Budget. The Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 Preliminary Budget on June 26, 2017.  Each year, the annual budget is adjusted and revised based on the availability of more accurate revenue and expense data than is available in the summer prior to the school year beginning. (Click on the paragraph header for additional details.)

High School Building Project: Project Report #22; Contractor Payment Requests. Project Director for S. M. Wilson Kort Cole presented Construction Progress Report #22, which includes the December pay application and updates on the work completed during Winter Break (including the completion and turnover of the top two floors of the West Wing by the start of second semester), the construction timeline and the project budget. Photos of various components of the project are included in the linked document.  

At this time, anticipated savings identified on the project as originally defined are anticipated to be approximately $4.02 million, which is not inclusive of the construction contingency of $807,768 in the construction budget for unidentified or unforeseen expenses incurred during the remainder of the project.

Clayton Road Property Next Steps. Pursuant to Missouri state law, statute RSMo177.073, the Board of Education determined that all bids received for the 10601 Clayton Road property in response to a recent Request for Proposal are unsatisfactory. Following this vote, the Board decided to pursue further negotiations with the party identified as proposing the most economically advantageous terms: McBride Berra Land Company.


Missouri Assessment Partnership. Dr. Jahnke provided information on the Missouri Assessment Partnership (MOAP), an assessment consortium comprised of public school districts from across the state who seek to change the way students are tested in order to gain results that are better able to drive instruction.


The next Board of Education meeting will be a Work Session at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2018, at the Administrative Center, 9703 Conway Road. The following meeting will be a Business Meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2018, at the Administrative Center, 9703 Conway Road.

Tentative Agenda Items for Work Session Feb. 13, 2018:

  • 2018 Summer Programs
  • Update on School Start Times
  • 2019-2020 School Calendar
  • Staff Attendance
Tentative Agenda Items for Business Meeting Feb. 26, 2018:

  • 2019-2020 School Calendar
  • Meet and Confer Report and Recommendations
  • High School Building Project
    • Project Report #23
    • Contractor Payment Requests

  • C&I Instruction Updates: Student Performance Data
  • 2018-2019 Budget Discussion