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.

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.


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.


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:

  • 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:

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

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