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Mike T. November 2, 2013 at 08:54 am
I think the job of monitoring belongs to the parents. By definition, there is NO privacy withRead More social media. Anyone who thinks there is, or that free speech means saying anything without consequences in an absolute idiot. Should schools monitor? No, I don't believe that is where we expect our tax dollars to be spent, especially when the educational system is tanking so badly, and when the monies can be used better elsewhere, as in salary raises for our teachers. Should a student be called on the carpet by the school for somethings online? Only if it pertains to the school or the employees or other students therein. Things like the lollipops described above are issues for the parents to deal with, not the schools. If schools are monitoring and find this, they might alert the parents, but they should stay out of it. Right and wrong is not something the gov't (in the guise of schools here) should be enforcing, it is the parents job based upon their religious beliefs in accordance with the laws. Parents may complain that they have too much to do and not enough time to monitor their kids. To those parents I say that if you either made the choice, or were irresponsible enough to have kids, you chose to do this so suck it up. Those unwilling to take care of kids as they should, should refrain from having them or be sterilized, it's that simple. As with the kids and social media, people need to realize that there is a consequence to having kids. And while it may take a village to raise a child, ultimately it is the job of the parents.
Mary September 9, 2013 at 10:49 am
Excuse me...MORE consultants and MORE money tossed out the window!?! Isn't this the same DistrictRead More that has been crying 'poor' because bond issues are voted down? The same District in which parents ended up cleaning and fixing an aged locker room? Is there some reason why a competent committee can't be formed from the RSD pool of administrators, teachers, IT hot dogs, bus drivers, parents, etc. (no School Board members, please...)? The statistics and projections are readily available, as are mapping tools. I'll volunteer. Any other numbers-crunchers out there?
Mark Duecker September 9, 2013 at 11:03 am
The Board needs to make sure that NO Former Rockwood personnel retired or whomever collected wagesRead More from Rockwood work for either firm in any capacity.
Mike T. August 12, 2013 at 08:07 am
Lawsuits?!? That's ridiculous! The whole idea was that the quality of education would not beRead More severely impacted for those already attending. By adding more students with the same amount of teachers, of course the quality would dilute somewhat, but not severely. A line has to be drawn where the impact would be severe. Not only for the students, but for the load on the teachers. The morons that believe otherwise are just as bad as the idiot management in corporate America that just keep cutting staff and overloading the remaining staff with work. Remember, salaried employees are not slave labor, you are getting 40 hours of work per week by agreeing to be providing 40 hours of pay. That's all salaried means. Otherwise it's hourly and neither the worker nor the employer are guaranteed either will be available to work when needed. Morons.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich delivers the results of his follow-up report on the Rockwood School District audit Wednesday. Credit: Frank Johnson
Thomas Paine August 8, 2013 at 11:07 am
Clarification: The original Audit report did not state that RSD "double paid" theRead More construction company. The report (available online) stated "potential double / overpayments" were made. Let's try to keep the story accurate. Please include "potential", as no factual finding was made or attempted to be made by the Auditor. He did not seek an explanation from the RSD or the construction firm, but the RSD's rebutted explanation is included in the Audit report. Separately, I am informed through RSD contacts that the RSD lawyers have determined the payments were properly made (problem was that the contract language was very soft - ergo the Auditor's issue), and no restitution will be sought. This incident, blown out of proportion for political reasons, was an issue of imprecise / missing contract language and not the result of paying the company for work they did not do. (An RSD resident weary of misstatements and misrepresentations)
John Hurley August 9, 2013 at 06:08 pm
Mr. Romero: Are you kidding with your remarks? You a re actually going to split hairs with theRead More State Auditor? I don't know who your "RSD contact" is but both of you are so drunk on kool aid it is effecting your common sense. The district has already acknowledged the double payments were made. You are correct on one statement, the contract language was very soft, but it is not the Auditor's fault, it is the fault of the districts lawyers, the district CFO at the time of the contract, the King of change orders, Mr. Dennis Griffith and finally the Board of Education who just continued to rubber stamp anything the cabinet brought in front of them. The joke is on the Rockwood community for being complacent in their ignorance at the voting booth and staying in touch with what was "really" going on in their district.
John Hurley August 9, 2013 at 06:17 pm
In addition Mr. Romero, I saw nothing "political" about Mr. Schweich choosing to auditRead More the Rockwood School District. He has audited many districts and government subdivisions throughout the state. As a business owner I applaud Ms. Tyrrell and the RS for RS team for their efforts in bringing the fiscal mismanagement of Rockwood to his attention. Her and the RS for RS group has taken alot of heat on social media from koolaid drunkards such as yourself. When the Auditor validated their concerns in February 2013 everyone should have been sending RS for RS thank you cards. getting citizens like myself informed. I run a business and have no time to keep up with all this fiscal irresponsibility of our tax dollars in our district. Thank you Eileen Tyrrell and RS for RS for all you hardwork, determination and not backing down! Mr. Romero I suggest you spend sometime in koolaid rehab and than get informed.
Patch Pro Paul Gutting has been the Executive Director at Campbell Montessori School since 2011.
Paul Gutting August 7, 2013 at 09:23 am
Rockwood 25 - I am glad to hear it! 'The Absorbent Mind' is a great book. If you haven't already,Read More you may want to look into 'Montessori Madness' by Trevor Eissler or 'Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius' by Angleline Lillard.
jlward August 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm
I would like to know how a school district can get so bad that they have to close it down. Is itRead More because of incompetent teachers??? Please explain to me how 2 school districts in St. Louis could go that far as to not do anything about the childrens learning and test grades.
Paul Gutting August 7, 2013 at 05:29 pm
jlward – you are asking a very big question that may have as much of a socio-political answerRead More as an educational answer. I do think, though, that this is a great time to have a broad conversation about the nature of education, and what we want as a community for our children. We should be talking about the nature and value of testing, looking at various educational models to understand how and why they work, asking about the role of the community in education, and making sure that we know what our options really are. It’s a big conversation, and it will require a lot from us, but it is good and necessary. The stakes are high.
Lawrence August 5, 2013 at 10:07 am
Currently Rockwood taxpayers subsidize 100% of employee health premium costs and at least 50% of theRead More health premiums of their spouses and children. Is that an appropriate subsidy amount? How do other area employers currently handle spousal and children health care coverage?
Jill August 7, 2013 at 08:21 am
Every where I have worked I never had my premiums paid for or my kids.
The gym at Francis Howell Central High School was filled to standing-room-only at a town hall meeting about upcoming transfer students last week. Photo Credit: Jared Grafman
ray faulkner July 31, 2013 at 03:28 am
A few bad apples can spoil the barrel, these "kids" have seen and lived through things weRead More never will. Violent fights daily, guns in the school, rape, and extortion. I would love to think that only good kids will be transferring, but even they have been effected by the negative stimulus to always be on the defensive. Their posturing and behavior even on the best of days will seem intimidating to students and staff that have not lived as they have.
Rich Marshal July 31, 2013 at 04:39 pm
Show me one failing district whose kids are bused to a another school where that district improved.Read More We've been busing kids for 4 decades to what avail? Look at the data at any of the receiving schools and you will see large differences in test scores by race. Nothing about this situation will change that. Maybe these kids should choose to attend the University City school district. After all, it's much closer and their good liberals are color-blind. Oops, the UC school district is rated only slightly better than Normandy and RG. I wonder why a city that is 50% white has a high school that is 90% black. I can think of only one reason.
heidi August 17, 2013 at 11:35 am
The district began by saying it could accommodate 100 students from Riverview & Normandy. ThenRead More it changed that number to 175. Next we were going to take 152, but still only had room for 175 students. Now we’re taking 186? Is this because of the strong-arming of the ACLU? NAACP? What sort of transparency is this when the numbers keep magical changing before our eyes? What sort of a fix is this, Kurt? At the end of your article you stated "What is the problem? I can think of only one thing." What were you trying to insinuate, Kurt? More of that liberal racism card we hear bellowed at every turn?
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