Wednesday, January 16, 2013
One incumbent and four newcomers are vying for 2 spots on the board of education in April's election.
The field is now set for the April 2 Ladue School District Board of Education election. The four will run for 2 open seats. The top two vote-getters will take a seat on the board. Kopolow, a former Ladue Middle School and Horton Watkins High School teacher is an incumbent. Shirley, a lawyer and engineer, is looking to improve communication between the board and the public. Lee was a supporter of the district's tax increase campaign last year according to Prop 1 documents. Regelean, a Savvis HR executive according to his LinkedIn profile, ran unsuccessfully for the board in 2010. Goodman has run unsuccessfully for the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District board in past years.
New Ladue fifth grade center to open in August.
The common question often is, especially in education--what’s new in your school district? The Ladue School District will be making news by opening the brand new fifth grade center on the West Campus on Ladue road, purchased from Westminster Christian Academy. The brand new Ladue Early Education Center (LEEC) sits on the eastern edge of the property already. Ironically, this property was the old West Ladue Middle School, sold to Westminster when Ladue’s student population declined years ago. Students from Conway, Old Bonhomme, Reed and Spoede elementary schools will be able to inspect their new quarters come mid-August. The school building is getting a facelift from front door to back. Almost $2 million will be spent, bringing the …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Public input is a valuable resource this time as Ladue searches for a new superintendent.
The Ladue school district at one time enjoyed the stability of having two superintendents run the district for the first 58 combined years. That was under the watchful eye of the late Dr. Ivan C. Nicholas and retired Dr. Charles D. McKenna. Then, the revolving door began. The system hired and watched leave quickly Drs. Stewart Weinberg, David Benson and most recently, Marsha Chappelow. District faithful are wondering out loud, if, this time it will be a hit or a miss? The Ladue School District Board of Education has taken its charge seriously, both establishing a strict search timeline and hiring a national search firm (McPherson & Jacobson of Omaha, NE) specialists in this line of work. The district conducted two informal public sessions …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Shirley, an Olivette resident, says he wants better communication between the Ladue School Board and its constituents.
William Shirley says he wants a board that will listen. Shirley, who has filed for a seat in the Ladue School Board for the April 3 election, said that if he is elected to the Ladue School Board he would bring a different points of view to the table. “(I will offer) an ability to listen; listen to the voters, listen to the members, listen to the residents of the school district,” Shirley said. Shirley is both an engineer and an attorney. For 11 years he worked for several firms as an engineer, including Monsanto. For the last 23 years he has worked as a private practice attorney, focusing on civil, criminal and environmental law. This is not Shirley’s first election. He ran for city council in Olivette in 1995, although he did not win. He …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Jayne Langsam, who will not seek reelection in the upcoming April 2 election, speaks about her experience with the Ladue School District.
Current Ladue School Board President Jayne Langsam said she believes she had a civic duty to serve the Ladue School District, where her two daughters were educated. Now, as both daughters have graduated, Langsam said a chapter of her life has closed. “I always said I only planned to serve one term,” Langsam said, speaking of her decision not to run for reelection for the Ladue Board of Education. But although Langsam only served one term in the board, her involvement in the district spans several years. Langsam served as president of parent associations at Reed Elementary and Ladue Middle School, where she also served in several school committees. When her daughters enrolled in high school she said it was a “natural progression to be in …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Filings for April’s election to the Ladue School Board opened Tuesday.
Two people have filed for a seat in the Ladue School Board for the upcoming April 3 elections. Current vice president of the board Jeff Kopolow, whose term is expiring, and William Shirley. There are two seats up for election. Board president Jayne Langsam's term is also expiring, although she does not plan to run for re-election, said Susan Dielmann, Ladue School District’s communications director. If elected, each board member will serve a term of three years. The requirements for filing are: Filing opened Dec. 11, and will close Jan. 15. Those interested can file at the Ladue School District’s Administrative Center, 9703 Conway Road, St. Louis, Mo 63124, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The administration recommends that consideration of the project be postponed.
At a business meeting Monday, the Ladue School Board heard a recommendation by the administration to postpone discussion of the One-to-One Learning Initiative. The initiative would give Ladue high school students their own laptops for use at school and home. Until recently, approval of the initiative relied solely on finding sources of funding for the program. The recent early departure of superintendent Dr. Marsha Chappelow and media attention of an online sex act incident on a Ladue Middle School computer led the administration to consider tabling current discussion of the initiative. “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,” …
Monday, December 10, 2012
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 …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The opening of a new fifth grade center next year could bring about changes in the school’s transportation logistics.
In August of next year, the Ladue School District will officially open the district’s new Fifth Grade Center at its West Campus location in Creve Coeur. A new district building could bring changes to the district’s bus routes and bell times. The Ladue Board of Education discussed this issue at their latest monthly meeting Monday, where members were given a report created by the company Transfinder, which offered them several options on what possible changes could occur for students next year. “When we open the new Fifth Grade Center, we are going to have to figure out how to transport students safely and efficiently, while keeping an eye on costs,” said Susan Dielmann, spokesperson for the district. “Some options the Board may consider …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The board continues to explore charging fees for students participating in after-school activities.
During their regular work session, the Ladue School Board decided to wait on more information regarding charging a fee for students who participate in after-school activities. Last year, the district charged students a blanket $50-activity fee for high school students and a $25 one for middle schoolers. Earlier this year, however, the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that it was unconstitutional to charge parents an activity fee when their child did not participate in an after-school activity. As a result, Ladue offered to refund the fee to parents who desired to be refunded. Charging parents a fee for students’ activities is one of the ways in which the Ladue School Board is looking at generating some revenue, much needed due to recent …