Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Everyone in the district will have the ability to chime in either by attending meetings; emailing, faxing or writing the search firm.
In accordance with a strict timeline set by the Ladue School Board, a newly-hired superintendent will be in place sometime by the end of February. Working backwards, applications to fill the position vacated by Dr. Marsha Chappelow are due by January 23 and in a four hour meeting all legitimate candidates will be reviewed by members of the school board on February 5. Contrary to what some might have been thinking, the Ladue School board is conducting a throughly transparent search and seeking input from all parents, teachers, students and district stakeholders. There are mechanics in place for anyone to comment, even if they missed the public meeting at Ladue High Tuesday night, or the early morning meeting at the district office today…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The school district is looking for a superintendent after the retirement and early leave granted to Dr. Marsha Chappelow.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Dr. Judy Sclair, the district's assistant superintendent for human resources will continue in her current role in addition to taking on Ladue's top administrative post.
The Ladue School Board, meeting in closed session Monday night, capped a day full of administrative staff maneuvers by naming an interim superintendent effective January 2, 2013. Dr. Judy Sclair, the district's assistant superintendent for human resources, will serve as Ladue's sole interim superintendent next semester. Sclair, along with Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Dr. Jason Buckner and Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Donna Jahnke will rotate those duties for the remainder of 2012. In September, Dr. Marsha Chappelow announced her intent to retire as Superintendent at the end of the school year. In a news release sent out Friday night, the district announced it had accepted Chappelow's request …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Interim superintendent duties will alternate between assistant superintendents through the remainder of the calendar year.
After a meeting Monday between the president and the vice president of the Ladue Board of Education and senior district leadership, a new leadership structure will be announced sometime today to address the early departure of Superintendent Dr. Marsha Chappelow. Dr. Chappelow, who was set to retire at the end of the school year, announced she would take an early leave of absence effective Dec. 1. “The Board of Education did not make this decision lightly, but ultimately came to the conclusion that reaching this agreement was in the best interest of the district and will lead to a more efficient and productive transition process,” said Board President Jayne Langsam in a news release. Existing superintendent duties will alternate weekly …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Dr. Bridget Hermann will leave Ladue Horton Watkins High School at the end of the current academic year.
UPDATED Wednesday 9:15 a.m. When the Ladue School District announced the resignation of Horton Watkins High School Principal Dr. Bridget Hermann Monday night, administrators said Hermann was leaving at the end of the school year to pursue new opportunities in education and cited her desire for flexibility in location and lifestyle. But according to her letter of resignation to Superintendent Dr. Marsha Chappelow obtained by Patch, philosophical differences, and not a desire for new opportunities, appear to be behind the move. "My decision has not been made lightly; I love the students and community of Ladue Horton Watkins High School," Hermann wrote. "However, it has become increasingly apparent that my philosophy of education is very …
Monday, October 8, 2012
The district is now looking for a search firm.
The Ladue School district has issued a request for proposals (RFPs) from search firms interested in working to help find the district's next superintendent. Last month, Dr. Marsha Chappelow announced plans to resign effective at the end of June 2013. The RFP does not identify a specific budget for the search. It indicates a desire to announce the selected firm by November 16, after public interviews with search firm candidates earlier in the month. The deadline for submitting a proposal is October 19. The request said the district would like to have a contract in place with the next superintendent by March 4, 2013 after a national search. What's the most important attribute Ladue should look for in a new superintendent?
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Spate of media accounts spurs these remarks.
During Monday's Ladue School District Board of Education meeting, the district's superintendent, Dr. Marsha Chappelow, issued the following statement in connection with the controversy surrounding allegations of bullying at Horton Watkins High School tied to an obscene list that has circulated toward the end of the school year: "I’d like to take a few minutes to give you the status of the situation at the high school that has been receiving media attention… In the past, there have been student-created lists containing highly inappropriate comments about other students distributed at the high school. In the latest instance, some of the students responsible were identified and disciplined. Previous Coverage: Obscene List About Ladue High …
After spending 40 years in education, she is moving back to Kansas City to be closer to her family including a new grandson.
At 8 p.m. last night at the regular school board meeting, Dr. Marsha Chappelow issued an official statement announcing her resignation as Superintendent of the Ladue School District. The Board of Education accepted her resignation in a closed-door session. She has been in education for 40 years, working often in school communications and will be on the job until June 30, 2013. Then, she will relocate to her home in Kansas City to be closer to her children and her new grandson. This is the formal press release, following a statement she made earlier to Ladue's faculty and administration via email. September 25, 2012 Dr. Marsha Chappelow, Superintendent of the Ladue School District announced her intention to retire at the end of the 2012-13 …
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Dr. Marsha Chappelow answers more Patch questions ahead of the start of the school year.
Patch: What initiatives will the school board address this year. Chappelow: I think it is important for people to realize that just because we don’t have a bond levy, and we won’t be making major budget reductions, we still have a lot of things we want to accomplish. We are pulling out a lot of projects we had put on hold. This an operational year. All of these initiatives are under our strategic plan. We are going to increase our efforts to eliminate our education gap with our African-American students. There will be an action committee, K-12th. We’ve done a better job of collecting that data. Now we need to see what we have to do. We are going to get serious about action with that committee. We will continue to look at our 21st century …
Entering her 40th year in education, we talk about year-round schools and new hires around the district.
Patch: How would you characterize the start of another school year Dr. Marsha Chappelow: I would characterize it this way: It is the start of a new year and a new opportunity and a renewal for students and staff. Everyone gets a break and that is great. Everyone comes backs refreshed and ready to go. For this year, it is especially great because of the passage of Prop 1. Last year there was a little uncertainty with the start of the school year if we were going to go forward with the tax levy or not. This year is special because all of that is behind us now. Ladue Frontenac-Patch Editor James Baer: Dr. Chris Schreiner, principal at Reed Elementary School likes to correct me and says it is a continuation of where the teachers and students …