Thursday, May 16, 2013
It's official. The appointments of Laura Brock and Ken Rossics as assistant superintendents has been approved by the Ladue Schools Board of Education.
Ladue Schools released details of the appointments in the following news release. The Ladue Schools Board of Education has recently approved the appointments of two new Assistant Superintendents: “We are very fortunate to be welcoming these two talented people to our administrative team,” states Dr. Donna Jahnke, who will take over as superintendent on July 1, 2013. “Both Ken and Laura will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their respective departments. I look forward to working with them and to the contributions they will make to our district, our staff and our students.” “We still have a few more appointments to make to complete the hiring processes for the 2013-14 school year,” explains Acting Superintendent Dr. Judy …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Council members will discuss financial matters Monday night.
Ladue will hold its business workshop Monday night, 6 p.m. at the district offices. Dr. Jason Buckner, the district's chief financial officer will lead a discussion concerning payments on the new fifth grade center and will introduce the new budget for the next fiscal year. Also, Dr. Donna Jahnke, the newly-named Ladue Superintendent who takes over July 1 will head up the discussion about the successes of the OASIS Reading program for the district children.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
After a flag regarding the offensive list circulated at Ladue High, the school district pledged to take steps to address sexual harassment in its agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
A few months after an angry parent filed a complaint with the federal government over the so-called "senior list" — an offensive student-produced list targeting Ladue High girls — the Ladue School District has pledged to take steps to stop the practice. That pledge comes in the form of an agreement between the district and the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civl Rights, which became involved in the flap after Ruth Ahlemeier, whose children attended Ladue Horton Watkins High School, filed the complaint. In the agreement, district officials said the steps ranged from counseling offended students to creating a student committee to air concerns about sexual harassment issues. The civil rights office summarized the steps outlined by …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
It all comes down to algebra.
When the annual ranking of high schools by the magazine U.S. News & World Report came out on Tuesday, nine St. Louis-area schools were ranked in Missouri's top 20—but Ladue Horton Watkins High School was not among them. That prompted a response from the Ladue School District from Susan Dielmann, the district's director of communications. The details are below. The major reason, Dielmann's note said, was that the U.S. News survey in part relies on results from high school students on "end of course" tests in algebra I. In the Ladue district, "only 24 percent scored proficient or advanced, effectively eliminating Ladue Horton Watkins High School from the national rankings," she wrote. "However, the vast majority of our students take the …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Light agenda to end the month of April for Ladue.
The Ladue School Board has a very light agenda for the meeting scheduled tonight (Monday, April 22) at 7 p.m. at the district offices. Dr. Jason Buckner will give the 4th update concerning construction at the new Fifth Grade Center on the West Ladue campus. The construction there is coming to a close soon. At the same meeting, Dr. Donna Jahnke, the newly appointed Superintendent of Schools will brief the board concerning any changes to BASK/TAS tutition issues. Also, the board will have staff and student recognitions for the month of April.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Brief agenda for Ladue School District's Board of Education Meeting tonight.
For those anxious to get home to watch the NCAA Basketball Final 4, Louisville and Michigan, or catch another episode of "Dancing with the Stars," the Ladue School Board agenda for tonight's meeting is brief in nature. The two newly-elected board members Jeff Kopolow, incumbent and Dan Regelean will be certified and sworn in as new members tonight. Also, the board will hold an election of officers for the coming year. Assistant superintendent for Finance, Dr. Jason Buckner will brief the board concerning administrator salary increases at the regular monthly board business meeting tonight. A discussion of BASK/TAS tuition may move to an action item.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Kopolow is a resident of Olivette; Regelean lives in Creve Coeur.
The results of the Ladue School Board election are in and the two elected to three-year terms are Jeff Kopolow ,incumbent, and newcomer Dan Regelean. Kopolow is a retired history teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, and Regelean works in human resources. Kopolow had 2,126 votes and Regelean, 1,495 votes. Regelean declined to speak to the media following the election according to district spokeswoman Susan Dielmann, the district’s communications director. Kopolow’s reaction was swift and to the point. “I am humbled by the expression of the voters, and happy with the confidence they (the voters) have shown for my work. I congratulate Dan (Regelean) for being elected to the school board too.” Kopolow is anxious to work with the new …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Dr. Vicki VanLaere has been with the district and the school since last fall.
There is more turnover in the leadership ranks at the Ladue School District. After one year with the district and the school, Middle School Principal Vicki VanLaere has announced her retirement. An "e-alert" went out to the school community Friday afternoon. Assistant Principal Greg Baber will serve as Ladue Middle School's Interim Principal for 2013-2014. Another assistant principal, Tiffany Taylor-Johnson, will move to associate principal. Assistant Principal Julie Helm was already scheduled to leave the school to become principal at the district's new Fifth Grade Center in Creve Coeur. Her position will be replaced and the district will also hire a one-year assistant principal intern. The e-alert pointed out that the school would have …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman released preliminary real property values for most properties in St. Louis County last week.
St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman last week released preliminary real property values for most properties in St. Louis County. The values reflect continuing declines for many properties: the median residential property is down 7.0 percent, while many properties in areas with high levels of foreclosure sales are down 12 percent or more. In Creve Coeur, an overview of the value of residential property depends on which school district you live in, but in all three cases, average property values declined. Residents in the Ladue School District saw the smallest decline, a drop of 0.7 percent. Parkway residents saw a decline of 4 percent in average residential property values, compared to an average decline of 6.3 in Pattonville area home…
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Debate was held last week. Election will be held April 2 to select two school board members.
These are the positions as stated by the five candidates for Ladue School Board as posted on the Ladue School District website. My name is William A. (“Bill”) Shirley. I am a 19-year resident of Olivette, a licensed attorney and a professional engineer. I am currently a sole practitioner but, prior to moving to Olivette, worked for a New Jersey law firm and as an engineer for Monsanto, UOP (the refinery design division of Honeywell), and FMC. I have been a member of the Olivette Environmental Concerns Commission, have coached for the Olivette Parks & Recreation Department, have been the Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 663 at Old Bonhomme Elementary School, have been a troop committee member with Boy Scout Troop 493, and a Boy Scout Merit …