Friday, May 13, 2022

Board Briefs from May 9, 2022 Business Meeting

This information includes highlights of information received by the Ladue Schools Board of Education at the May 9, 2022 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 May 9 Board Meeting

Board President Remarks

  • Congratulations to May’s Excellence in Education recipient Brett Kelley. His presence will definitely be missed next year at the Fifth Grade Center.

  • May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

  • Thank you to the organizers of the Ladue Dance Marathon for the invitation; I had every intention of being there but my day just didn’t allow it. I was excited to see how much money was raised for a great cause.

  • Last Saturday, I attended the LAASA Brunch at the high school; congratulations to all of the award winners.

Superintendent Remarks

  • Over the past 2.5 years we certainly have learned how to ride and embrace the waves of change. I want to thank our Board and community for understanding our need to conduct tonight’s meeting virtually based on some members having been exposed to COVID-positive individuals.

  • I want to wish all of our Ladue Schools moms a belated happy Mother’s Day.

  • STEAM Day at Old Bonhomme was a huge success.

  • Spring Sing at Conway was also incredibly successful.

  • I had the opportunity to attend the Ladue Dance Marathon and had a great time. They did a wonderful job of raising money for Children’s Miracle Network.

  • I was unable to attend the LAASA Brunch but I’m told it was well-attended and a terrific event.

  • We are getting closer to the end of the year and closer to a few ceremonies that will take place soon. On May 26 we will host a groundbreaking ceremony at Reed Elementary at 9:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony at Conway at 11:30. On May 29 at 3 p.m. we will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Becky Sauerbrunn Field behind the Fifth Grade Center. I can tell our kids are excited about this event.

  • We continue to make progress on Prop L and I had a chance to tour our construction site with several parents last week. We had a great time and I want to thank Dr. Geoff Macy, Mike Noonan, and Carolyn Jaeger for attending that with us.

  • It’s an exciting time in the school year and Graduation on May 22 will be here before we know it.

  • I also want to thank Brett Kelley for his years of service and all of our teachers as well; last week, we celebrated our teachers in multiple ways for National Teacher Appreciation Week.


Strategic Plan

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Amy Zielinski recommended approval of the Future-Ready Strategic Plan 2022-2027. The Board approved the motion.

Food Service Management Company Recommendation - Contract Negotiation

Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Dr. Geoff Macy recommended, and the Board approved, district administration enter into contract negotiations with Chartwell’s for the 2022-23 school year.

S.M. Wilson Presentation, Change Orders, Pay Application

Representatives from S.M. Wilson provided an update on Prop L construction progress along with information about change orders 59, 63, 68, and 73 and the April pay application. The Board approved all items.

Wachter and Hoener Change Order and Pay Application

Dr. Macy recommended approval of change order #1 and the latest pay application from Wachter and Hoener. The Board approved both items.

Reed and Conway Maintenance Agreement and Reed Easement

Director of Facilities Mike Noonan recommended approval of MSD easements and maintenance agreements related to upcoming improvements at both Conway and Reed. The Board approved all items.


Board Policy Updates

Director of Student Services Dr. Derrick Wallace and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Julie Helm introduced proposed updates to Board policies EBBC and JGGA.

2022-23 Preliminary Budget Introduction and Financial Planning

Dr. Macy provided an update on the Business and Finance Department’s work toward formulating the various components of the 2022-23 Preliminary District Budget.

Early Childhood Presentation

LECC Director Dr. Stacy Carlock provided an update on the Ladue Early Childhood Center.


The next Board of Education meeting will be a full-day work session on Tuesday, June 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next regular business meeting is Monday, June 27, 2022. The Meeting ID will be posted on the Featured tab of BoardDocs when the meeting information is officially posted.