Monday, September 18, 2017

Board Briefs from Sept. 12, 2017 Work Session

This information includes highlights of information received by the Ladue Schools Board of Education at the Sept. 12, 2017 Work Session.  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.

Board President's Remarks
  • Board President Andy Bresler Board requested that two Board members volunteer to assist him in the selection of the instrument to be used in the upcoming year for superintendent evaluation.  Sheri Glantz and Jeff Kopolow agreed to assist in the process and the three of them will meet with Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Ken Rossics to review options with the goal of making a recommendation to the entire Board on at the Board Business Meeting on Sept.25, 2017.
Superintendent Remarks
  • Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke let the Board know that this is the week for the annual Sixth Grade Camp.  She mentioned that Ladue Middle School Industrial Arts Teacher Mark Biernbaum does an excellent job leading the coordination of the camp which provides students an opportunity to team build, connect as a class, and gain new experiences.
  • Dr. Jahnke announced that this year, there are 21 National Merit Semifinalists. This is the highest number ever for Ladue School District, and also the most of any school (private or public) in the state. She said that these students honor themselves, their school and their families by achieving at such a high level.

C&I Curriculum Review. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Jennifer Allen, STEM Coordinator Dr. Kevin McColgan and ELA/Social Studies Coordinator Laila Crabtree presented an overview of Curriculum Development plans for the coming years.  These plans were revised as part of the Strategic Planning process. The curriculum development process occurs over three years, and each department is reviewed on a six-year cycle. Click on the header of this paragraph for details.

Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. Dr. Allen presented the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) which is also developed in concert with (and is aligned with) the district’s Strategic Plan.   The CSIP is required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for every district in the state and is a culmination of months of discussion, surveying, analysis and development of district priorities.

Tax Rate Hearing Discussion. Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Dr. Jason Buckner presented an update on the district’s current financial status, including the current tax rates and future projections for revenue, expenditures and the fund balance.

Board Policies. Mr. Rossics presented revisions to the Policy HH-1: Teacher Negotiating Representatives. This policy includes procedures to be used in the event the Ladue Educators’ Association (LEA) is found to no longer represent a majority of eligible district employees, and outlines parameters for potentially changing representation.  The policy will be aligned to the Master Agreement language regarding the recognized bargaining unit.


The next Board of Education meeting will be a Business Meeting on Sept. 25, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Administrative Center, 9703 Conway Road.  Tentative agenda items include the following.  

Tentative Agenda Items for Business Meeting Sept. 25, 2017:

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  • Tax Rate and Debt Service Hearing and Approval
  • Board Policies
  • High School Building Project
    • Project Report #18
    • Payment Applications/Bid Approvals

  • Transportation/2017-2018 Bus Routes/Mileage
  • MAP Data and Report