Friday, February 15, 2019

Board Briefs from Feb. 12, 2019 Work Session

This information includes highlights of information received by the Ladue Schools Board of Education at the Feb. 12, 2019 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.


School Board Recognition Week
Many thanks to our Board Members for their service
to the Ladue Schools community!

Andy Bresler, President
Carolyn Jaeger, Vice President
Jeff Kopolow, Secretary
Sheldon Johnson, Treasurer
Sheri Glantz, Director
Nancy Goldstein, Director
Kisha Lee, Director

Board President's Remarks
  • Board President Andy Bresler shared that Board Members Carolyn Jaeger, Sheldon Johnson and Kisha Lee and he attended the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) conference on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 along with Dr. Jim Wipke, the district’s incoming superintendent. Mr. Bresler commented that the conference provided an outstanding opportunity to learn more about current issues and opportunities in education.
Superintendent Remarks
  • Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke congratulated Patricia Brown for being the keynote speaker at the recent Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) conference. Ms. Brown is Old Bonhomme Elementary School’s Technology Specialist, as well as a well-known and well-respected edtech professional.
  • Dr. Jahnke thanked the district’s Diversity Committee for planning the professional development day planned for Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. That morning, all district employees will gather to view a segment of America to Me, a documentary series that examines racial, economic and class issues in contemporary education. Small group discussions about the film will immediately follow. In the afternoon, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work will continue in individual buildings.
  • In honor of School Board Recognition Week, Dr. Jahnke thanked Board of Education members for their service to the district, noting that their commitment extends well beyond preparing for and attending Board of Education meetings. Board members all serve on numerous committees and as liaisons to other educational organizations, in addition to remaining personally responsive to the constituents of the district.
INFORMATION ITEMS

Gifted Report. Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Amy Zielinski introduced Gifted Coordinator Brooke Bilby who presented a report on the progress and next steps of the K-12 Gifted Program. Specifically, Ms. Bilby outlined revisions in the screening process and enrichment services provided in early grades over the last three years that have resulted in doubling the number of students from underrepresented populations participating in gifted programming. Click on the header of this paragraph for more information.

2019-20 and 2020-21 School Calendars. Dr. Zielinski presented a proposed revision to the 2019-20 School Calendar to move Spring Break to the third week of March (March 16-20) as it has been scheduled traditionally and to coincide with the vast majority of area districts’ spring breaks. Dr. Zielinski also presented the administration’s recommendation for the 2020-21 School Calendar. The calendar is similar to previous years in terms of student contact days, teacher contact days and days incorporated for staff professional development.

Community Survey Results. Communications Director Susan Downing presented a report on the annual survey conducted in the fall of 2018. On a two-year rotating basis, either parents or staff and students are surveyed and results benchmarked against an initial survey conducted with all three groups in 2016 as part of the Strategic Plan development process.  This year, staff and students were surveyed, with staff being surveyed by phone and students participating through moderated online surveys. Survey questions remain fairly consistent year to year in order to define trends and identify statistically significant shifts over time.

In addition, Ms. Downing presented data gathered through a recent Thoughtexchange. (An online tool designed to build consensus around specific issues, questions or concerns.) Parents, staff and high school students were asked, “What questions or concerns do you have regarding safety and security in our schools?” The purpose of these exchanges was to determine where the district and schools need to share additional information regarding safety and security measures, procedures and protocols with parents, students and staff. Click on the header of this paragraph for more information.

Capital Construction Projects. Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Dr. Jason Buckner presented five capital projects included in the 2018-19 Capital Improvement budget that require Board approval. These items will be brought to the Feb. 25, 2019 meeting for Board approval.

  • Roof Work at Ladue Middle School:
    • Administration recommends awarding the work to the DE Martin Roofing for $149,378.
  • Roof Work at the Maintenance Building and Old Bonhomme:
    • Administration recommends awarding the work to Johner Sheet Metal and Roofing for $129,729.
  • Asphalt Overlay at Conway and LMS:
    • Administration recommends awarding the work to Ford Asphalt for $148,600.
  • Asphalt Sealcoating at LMS, the FGC and the elementary schools:
    • Administration recommends awarding the work E. Meir Asphalt Company for $113,471.
  • Middle School Hard Surface Play Area Fence:
    • Administration recommends awarding the work to Robinson Fence Company for $31,870.
  • Districtwide Mowing/Landscape/Irrigation Service Contract:
    • Five contractors are in process of submitting bids. A recommendation will be made at the Feb. 25, 2019 Board meeting.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

The next Board of Education meeting will be a Business Meeting on Feb. 25, 2019 at the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Multipurpose Room, 1201 S. Warson Road, at 6 p.m. Tentative agenda items include the following.  

Tentative Agenda Items for Business Meeting Feb. 25, 2019:

ACTION
  • 2020-2021 School Calendar
  • Final High School Project Update
  • Stadium Project Update
  • Capital Construction Projects
INFORMATION

  • C&I Instruction Updates: Student Performance Data
  • Capital Construction Project
  • Finance Update

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Board Briefs from Jan. 28, 2019 Board Business Meeting

Board Briefs from Jan. 28, 2019 Business Meeting

This information includes highlights of information received by the Ladue Schools Board of Education at the Jan. 28, 2019 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.



Board President's Remarks
  • Board President Andy Bresler announced that three candidates have filed for the two open Board of Education seats to be decided on the April 2, 2019 ballot. The candidates, in the order they will appear on the ballot, are: Sheldon Johnson, Jeff Kopolow and Leslie Tolliver. The Ladue Schools community is invited to “Meet the Candidates” night on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) to ask their questions of the candidates. The evening will be facilitated by National Honor Society students.
Superintendent Remarks
  • Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke announced that Ladue Middle School and Ladue Early Childhood Center (LECC) have both been named 2019 State Schools of Character (SSOC) by the Character Education Partnership (CEP). The Ladue School District was also recognized as a 2019 State District of Character.
  • The LHWHS orchestra, under the direction of Twinda Murray, and LHWHS band, under the direction of Aaron Lehde, were both invited to perform at the Missouri Music Education Association Conference. For both groups to be invited is a rare honor.
  • Dr. Jahnke congratulated the high school on another successful Annual Chili Supper which took place on Friday, Jan. 25, prior to the girls varsity basketball game.
  • Director of Communications Susan Downing was commended on completing her Accreditation in Public Relations, a national program which assesses proficiency and professionalism in public relations best practice, theory, standards and ethics.
ACTION ITEM

Summer Construction Projects. Assistant Superintendent for Business & Finance Dr. Jason Buckner presented, and the Board approved, the administration’s recommendation for window replacements at the Fifth Grade Center totaling $410,033. This work will be done during the summer of 2019 in conjunction with other upgrades to the building’s infrastructure. More detailed information can be found by clicking on the header to this paragraph.

Facilities Policy & Fee Schedule. Assistant Superintendent for Business & Finance Dr. Jason Buckner presented, and the Board approved, recommended changes to the Facility Usage Procedure and Fee Schedule, including clarifying issues around potential conflict of interest of staff, user group definitions, facilities available for rental, fees associated with their use, changes in the amount of liability insurance required of user groups and the philosophy behind the use of revenue gained through facility rental.

INFORMATION ITEMS

Summer School Programs. Director of Student Services Dr. Derrick Wallace presented the 2019 Summer School Program plan, which incorporates targeted interventions and project-based learning at all levels for students who need additional support. The plan includes a recovery program for high school students, a K-8 program and an LECC camp.

Middle School Schedule. Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson presented the new 2019-20 Master Schedule for Ladue Middle School, which will consist of an eight-period day with five core subjects and three electives for all students. Benefits of this new schedule include elective pathways that feed into the high school program and increased ability to provide interventions, supports and alternative programming. More detailed information can be found by clicking on the header to this paragraph.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

The next Board of Education meeting will be a Work Session on Feb. 12, 2019, at the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Multipurpose Room, 1201 S. Warson Road, at 6 p.m. The following meeting will be a Business Meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Tentative agenda items include the following.

Tentative Agenda Items for Work Session Feb. 12, 2019:

INFORMATION
  • School Board Recognition Week
  • Gifted Report
  • 2020-21 School Calendar
  • Community Survey Results
  • Capital Construction Projects
Tentative Agenda Items for Business Meeting Feb. 25, 2019:

ACTION
  • 2020-21 School Calendar
  • Final High School Project Update
  • Stadium Project Update
  • Capital Construction Projects
INFORMATION

  • Curriculum and Instruction Updates; Student Performance Data
  • Capital Construction Project
  • Finance Update