Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The station questioned the separation agreement with former Superintendent Dr. Marsha Chappelow.
As the Ladue School District moves forward with plans to hire a new superintendent, FOX2 is drawing attention to the agreement that has allowed Dr. Marsha Chappelow to retire and take leave early leave with full payment under her existing contract. Ladue leaders have defended the decision as being in the best interest of the district, and have pointed out that under the terms of the agreement, which don't allow either side to comment on why the parting actually came about, does call for Chappelow to make herself available to district staff when necessary up until June 30. Dr. Donna Jahnke, Asst. Supt. for Teaching and Learning told Patch Monday that the district has not needed those consulting services.
Monday, December 3, 2012
The district announced Friday that Dr. Marsha Chappelow had been granted a leave of absence that would last the rest of her tenure.
The President and Vice President of the Ladue School district will meet with senior district administrators Monday morning to decide how to move forward in the wake of the board's decision late last week to grant Superintendent Dr. Marsha Chappelow a leave of absence, effective December 1 through the end of June and the remainder of her tenure with the district. District spokeswoman Susan Dielmann said Monday's meeting would "discuss interim leadership plans, both short and long-term." Chappelow announced earlier she would retire at the end of the current academic year and move to the Kansas City area to spend time with a new grandchild. District spokeswoman Susan Dielmann told Patch Saturday that the decision on the early leave came as a…
Friday, November 30, 2012
Marsha Chappelow, superintendent of the Ladue School District, announced in September she would retire after this year. Now, the district announced she would take an immediate leave.
Marsha Chappelow, the superintendent of the Ladue School District, will take a leave of absence effective on Saturday and will remain on leave through the end of the school year—and the date of her retirement. Chappelow announced in late September that this would be her last year as head of the district and that she would retire after this school year on June 30. The district released a statement late today indicating that Chappelow's leave was accepted by the school board this week and that she "requested leave at this time for personal reasons." Here is the full announcement from the Ladue School District: The Ladue Board of Education has approved a request for professional leave that was submitted to the Board by Dr. Marsha Chappelow, …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Dr. Bridget Hermann's resignation was announced at Monday's school board meeting.
The Ladue School District announced Monday night that it accepted the resignation of Ladue Horton Watkins High School Principal Dr. Bridget Hermann, effective at the end of the current academic year. Dr. Hermann has been in the top spot at the school since 2007, and previously served as assistant principal between 2002-2004. In a news release announcing the move, the district says she is pursuing new opportunities in education. “Dr. Hermann has provided leadership to the staff and students of the Ladue School District for eight years,” says Dr. Chappelow, in a statement. “She has made enormous contributions to our high school and to our district as a whole. We regret losing her to her new pursuits, but are also very grateful for the …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A Ladue School District letter describes it as an "ugly tradition" the school has tried to stop.
The parent of a Ladue Horton Watkins High School student has mounted a campaign against what the school district itself has called an "ugly tradition" — an annual list of graduating senior girls that describes them with vulgarities and obscenities and is circulated throughout the school. A series of letters between parent Ruth Ahlemeier and various officials with the Ladue School District describes Ahlemeier's efforts to have the practice in Ladue High stopped and the district's efforts to investigate her complaints. In one letter, shared with Patch on Monday, the president of the school board, Jayne Langsam, responded to Ahlemeier, recounting a conversation Ahlemeier had with Ladue High's principal: "The principal did say during the …
Friday, March 9, 2012
District vote on April 3 will decide the direction Ladue will take going foward.
Nothing is perfect, especially in the world of education today. But these are just a few of the things the Ladue School District is currently up against. For instance, Reed School serves lunch to its students as early as 10:30 in the morning and as late as 2 p.m. Ladue High has classes with excess of 30 students in a room and the whole district had to forgo its summer camping program. None of this is either tolerable, or tied to the rich tradition of a district that dates back to the 1950s when the high school opened its doors to offer secondary public education starting in 1954. Recently, the Ladue-Frontenac Patch ran a feature on claims by the Vote No committee on Prop 1. Elementary schools, the likes of Conway, Little Ladue (Reed today…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
But they are not passed without back-and-forth debate.
The Ladue School District Board of Education took favorable action on proposed high school course additions for the 2012-13 school year. It was, however, not without major blowback from one board member Jeff Kopolow. Kopolow, longtime social studies teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins Senior High School, now retired, went back and forth with Donna Jahnke, assistant superintendent for curriculum development and high school principal Bridget Hermann. Koplow is concerned with the costs of new programs and the ability to fit these programs into a new budget. He’s wondering how these programs will be paid for should the tax levy on the ballot next April fail. Jahnke said the district has allocated funds for new progams and believes there is …
Friday, December 2, 2011
District struggles to find ways to make up for significant revenue decline.
Friday, December 2, 2011
The Board of Education of the Ladue School District voted unanimously on November 28, 2012 to put a $.49 operating tax levy increase request on the April 3, 2012 ballot. The request, to be called Proposition 1, is aimed at offsetting at least some of the 9 percent decline in revenue the district has experienced over the last several years due primarily to reductions in property assessments. The district has already cut approximately $7 million dollars in expenditures – equivalent to approximately 14 percent of its current annual expenditures – over the last four years. Without an operating tax increase, the district will need to cut approximately $2.5 million more to balance the district’s budget for the 2012-13 school year – bringing …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
If approved, the measure will raise the district's tax levy by 49 cents.
The Ladue School Board will let voters decide next year whether to increase its tax levy by 49 cents. The board voted 5-1 on Monday to place a proposition up for a public vote authorizing the school district “to increase the operating tax levy of the District by $0.49 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.” According to the ballot language, the increase would be used for “paying for costs of educational programs, school supplies and equipment, student transportation, employee salaries, utilities, maintaining existing facilities, and other operational expenses of the District.” If the measure is approved by voters, the adjusted operating levy for the district is estimated to be $3.24 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation. …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The $2.75 levy is low compared to other districts in St. Louis County.
The Ladue School Board on Monday night approved without opposition the district's operating tax levy for the 2011-12 school year. Jason Buckner, the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, said in a memo to Ladue School District Superintendent Marsha Chappelow that data from St. Louis County shows that the district has experienced another decrease in assessed valuation. The data, Buckner said, shows that assessed evaluation declined by about 3 percent. “As you recall, the administration and the Board prepared for a 2.5 percent decrease in property tax funding for the 2011-12 budget,” Buckner said in the memo. “This was an accurate estimation due to the fact that assessments declined about 3 percent, but new …