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?
Monday, September 10, 2012
These pictures from a December 2011 presentation to the Ladue School District show what students have now — and what could be. What do you think of this vision?
The Ladue School Board meets in a work session on Monday evening to discuss, among other things, the master plan presentation board members received in December. Monday's discussion is expected to review how the district might finance the plan, according to a memo in the board agenda circulated on Friday. Like Creve Coeur Patch on Facebook "The administration will present a draft of relevant financial background information, as well as a possible model for moving forward with financial implementation of the Master Plan," wrote Jason L. Buckner, the district's assistant superintendent for business and finance. "The administration will be seeking input from the Board of Education in an effort to finalize the financial section of the Master …
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 …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Ladue School Board votes unanimously to continue the dialogue.
For those eagerly waiting to see if the Ladue School district launches its laptop proposal, the 21st Century High School Initiative, to put Apple laptop computers into the hands of all 1,200 students, prepare to wait. No decisions will be made anytime before the December, 2012 regular board meeting. Rather, Rob Highfill, director of technology at Ladue Horton Watkins High School came to the board Monday with a plan of either going forward or not going forward with the initiative. Both Highfill and Superintendent Dr. Marsha Chappelow were operating on the same page. “We are not seeking the board’s approval of (the 21st Century Initiative), rather, we are simply asking whether we should proceed to the next step of our research.” Highfill …
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Ladue Board of Education will vote on the Technology Plan Update at the next school board meeting.
A Technology Plan Update will be approved and implemented by the Ladue Board of Education at the next school board meeting on June 25, 2012. Currently, the discussion concerning the 21st Century Learning Initiative, which will provide laptop computers to every high school student at Ladue, is whether or not and how the Technology Plan incorporates the initiative. The idea has already generated fervent debate from Patch readers. The 21st Century Learning Initiative could be implemented in the 2013-14 school year. If that does not happen, the next best opportunity is in the 2016-17 school year. This is due to the district’s computer lease agreements. Ladue School District Communications Director Susan Dielmann said the board will weigh …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The school district is irked that it did not appear in the magazine's rankings of the nation's best schools.
US News and World Report released their "best high schools" in the nation ranking this week. We did not make the list due to the methodology used. Clearly, we take issue with the methodology and have expressed this to US News. However, as you will see from the attached information, we will not "fall victim" to the flaw in the methodology going forward, making any kind of correction unlikely. The Ladue School District has always considered ACT results to be a fair criteria for judging our success, as the vast majority of our students take the test, and it specifically measures college preparedness in a way that is considered acceptable to a broad number of institutions - specifically colleges and universities. As you will note in the …