Ladue School Board To Hear Request For Delay In Laptop Program

Monday night's Ladue School Board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the district's offices on Conway Road.

The Ladue School Board meets Monday night for the body's first open meeting since the announcement that Superintendent Dr. Marsha Chappelow would take an immediate leave of absence ahead of her departure from the district in June.

Among the items on the agenda:

A delay in the district's One-to-One Learning Initiative.

Administrators are citing turnover in district leadership, as well as an incident at Ladue Middle School last month when a student used a distirct computer to access a chat room where inappropriate activity took place between the student and a man as reasons for putting brakes on the program.

"We firmly believe in the value of this program, but believe it should be implemented at a time when there is a more conducive climate for it succeeding, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke wrote to board members in a memo. 
Shortly after news of the incident was released, a district spokeswoman had said funding was the key issue in relation to moving forward with the initiative.

The board will also vote on tuition increases for programs out of the district's Early Childhood Center, in Creve Coeur, effective for the 2013-2014 school year and continue discussions on the impact the district's 5th Grade Center, also located on the same West Campus, will have on transportation and school bell times.

flyoverland December 10, 2012 at 02:01 PM
The District's day care center, which provides services to so many people who do not even live or pay taxes in the district should be charging enough to cover the costs incurred by these out-of-district "customers." I really do not understand why this is even a question?
CreveCoeurDad December 10, 2012 at 06:44 PM
It's possible that by taking a small loss, they avoid a big one. (Although I wouldn't give their thinking that much credit.) The basic idea is that if they raise prices, they lose even more customers, which increases their losses. To shut it down completely means no revenue at all, and you're stuck with the fixed costs. That might be worse than operating at a loss - I don't know the numbers, so I can't say. I've heard through the grapevine that the families who were originally big supporters of LEC have now pulled out, tremendously unhappy with the way things have gone. Perhaps what needs to be done is rework LEC so that it meets it's customers needs and turns a profit rather than the needs of it's employees. Perhaps even contract the facility out. But do whatever is necessary to have it break even at the very least. Extending the hours so working parents can use it would probably be a great starting place.
flyoverland December 10, 2012 at 07:11 PM
If the taxpayers want a taxpayer funded day-care center, they have a right to vote for it. However, I (and I will bet everyone who figures it out) vehemently disagree that I as a taxpayer need to be funding or subsidizing the day care of people who don't live in the district.
CreveCoeurDad December 10, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just explaining. “In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.” - Mark Twain That's your Xmas present, flyoverland.
flyoverland December 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Please use "Christmas" not xmas, there is no charge for the extra letters and Christians will like you for it.
ReverePaul December 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM
i'm sure CreveCoeur Dad was striving to please Christians in that post. Merry Xmas flyoverland
flyoverland December 11, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I would insult your religion, but I'm pretty certain you probably don't have one. Merry Christmas to all and to Paul, a good night.
ReverePaul December 11, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Haha I'm sure you know everything about me flyoverland but I happen to be a Christian and go to church quite frequently. I'm just not a little girl like you and get offended when someone calls Christmas Xmas or does anything that FOX News proclaims as an act of war against Christmas. Grow up
flyoverland December 11, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Grow up? How about stand up.
ReverePaul December 11, 2012 at 04:06 AM
good one
ReverePaul December 11, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Flyoverland just one more thing about your stand up comment. The way I'm looking at it, your standing up to people calling Christmas, Xmas. You don't like it and are offended by people saying Xmas so your standing up for what you believe. Why is it ok for you to stand up for such a trivial issue like this but it isn't ok for people to stand up to the issue of gay marriage?Is it because you don't like the idea of gay marriage so their automatically wrong? Once again, grow up.
flyoverland December 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Grow up, how about sober up? Please go to the article on gay marriage. On two different occasions, I stated clearly, "I don't care what you do in your private life," and "I don't care who you marry." My only points were to someone who put forth an illogical argument that redefining marriage would not open the door for other changes, like polygamy. I am not going to waste my time writing it again. My problem was with the logic of his argument. To my knowledge, I have taken no position on gay marriage. But, of course, you knew that.
PaulRevere December 11, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Maybe it's time to take a Missouri constitutional stand on all this Free or tuition Public school "offerings". Free is very clear. No public school system should be charging ANY TUITION for anything they offer. That would presumably cover any under 21 persons. That would also lead to the issue of our Public colleges. They should not be charging Tuition , if public education is supposed to be provided Free. Finally, is any Resident paying Public school designated taxes against the MO constitution? My opinion? Early childhood centers already are available to the public, run by very capable teachers and administrators in private- open to public centers. There is ZERO need for any public School district resident to support another resident's Child-care needs. All of our public schools need to stop charging any Resident any taxes and get 100% of their public school funding from the "State". that is what our MO constitution says. There is no such thing as "Free" Kindergarten or free public education. Does anyone want to challenge that? Do we need Bill Clinton to define-free! it all Depends on what "FREE" is. Laptops, Free EarlyChild, Kindergarten, stadiums, lunch programs, bus serv, are far from being FREE. While we are at it, residents do not deserve paying union wages for public service employees, when lesser cost educators are available. MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!


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