Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The study, commissioned by the school board at a cost of around $43,200 in November, is meant to help guide the development of their early childhood education program.
The Parkway School District is weighing how to move forward with its early childhood education program with the help of a demographic study packed with a “phenomenal amount” of information. The district commissioned the demographic market study November of last year at a cost of $43,200 and with the purpose of using it to guide the long-term development and growth of its early childhood education (ECE) services. On Wednesday, the Parkway School Board saw the results of that study with a presentation from the firm that conducted it, Landes Associates. Les Landes summarized many of the findings from the massive report for the board and then presented them with a tricky question. “What is the District’s main goal for Early Childhood Education…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The extension is one of the items on the agenda for tonight's meeting of the Parkway School Board.
The Parkway School Board will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the district's central offices at 455 N. Woods Mill Road. Here's a preview of some the items on the board's agenda.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Together, St. Luke's Hospital, the Parkway School District and Delmar Gardens account for around 15 percent of the total jobs in the city.
It may be no surprise to followers of national trends, but the most recent data available shows that Chesterfield's top employers are in the health care and education fields. St. Luke's Hospital has topped the list since 2006 and supplies nearly 10 percent of the city's total employment with more than 3,000 employees. While the list includes many familiar faces from year to year, one newcomer is Delmar Gardens, which took the number three spot in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available. The rising employment for the senior care facility follows its growth in recent years across the St. Louis region. The company recently announced a $33 million expansion that includes $5.2 million in renovations at its Chesterfield facility…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Parkway School Board is set to vote on a package of cuts totaling $3.3-4.1 million at a board meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Central Middle School.
As the Parkway School Board prepares to vote on a proposed package of $3.3-4.1 million in budget cuts at a meeting tonight, one of the items that is not on the table is pay freezes for the district’s top-paid employees. Parkway previously faced questions about giving raises to employees, particularly administrators, after making nearly $8 million in cuts last year, but Superintendent Keith Marty defend the district’s position and said there are several problems with such a move. First, he noted that it’s a question of fairness. In Parkway’s case, the district’s unionized employees are under contracts until June 2014 that include pay increases. “Should administrators, for example, be frozen while teachers are going to get a pay increase?” …
Monday, January 21, 2013
The Parkway School Board is considering delaying the review of the district's Early Retirement Incentive Plan while it waits for the Missouri State Legislature to make a decision on pensions.
The Parkway School Board is considering a delay in reviewing the district's early retirement incentive policy. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) The Parkway School District's current policy allows early retirment for teachers with between 25 and 31 years of credited service in the Missouri Public School Retirment System and at least 10 years with the Parkway School District. The program, in its current from, is set to expire in 2014 and is scheduled for review this year. However, according to district's CFO Mark Stockwell, the board is now considering delaying the review of the district's early retirment policy as it waits to see what the Missouri Legislature decides about a clause in the state's teachers' …
Friday, January 18, 2013
The group of 84 will pile into two buses Friday night and have time to explore the capital's landmarks and museums before Monday's swearing-in ceremony.
A group of Parkway high school students will be packing aboard two buses Friday evening to drive to Washington, DC, for President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on Monday. The group is comprised of 84 students from all five high schools and 14 teacher and administrators. Social Studies Coordinator Toby McQuerrey is helping organizing the trip and said it represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “It's really a capstone experience for our students who have been studying American history and government since first grade,” said McQuerrey. “[The inauguration of a U.S. President] is significant to the whole world.” By driving through the night on Friday, the students and staff will have time to visit some of the landmarks and museums …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Five Parkway School District teachers recently achieved National Board Certification -- the "gold standard" for teaching excellence.
The following information was supplied by the Parkway School District: Five Parkway School District teachers recently achieved National Board Certification -- the "gold standard" for teaching excellence. The teachers and their schools are: National Board Certified Teachers are highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards. Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have done so through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is recognized as the source for the highest standards and practices that lead to improved teaching, leading and learning. A voluntary assessment …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Parkway South High School students get full year of class and hospital rounds.
Thirteen high school seniors in the Parkway School District are the first to join a new medical course of study linked with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital that will run the full school year several days a week. Parkway's Board of Education approved the program Wednesday night in a regular meeting, after a Parkway coordinator developed the partnerships for more than a year. Parkway district high school seniors-to-be applied for the medical-related study, and were required to commit for a full school year, a district spokeswoman said. Students will start school 2-3 days a week at Corporate College of St. Louis Community College for 2.5 hours of instruction by a Special School District teacher After that, students spend another period of…
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Parkway school district was doing a good job avoiding controversy until "Disney World" reservations for seven surfaced.
In 2011, I thought about how the Parkway School District had been doing a good job keeping out of the spotlight that can shine on all things negative. While the 2011 MAP (Missouri Assessment Program) test scores were not so kind to Parkway, the district still likes to claim it is one of the top districts in St. Louis County. However, for a number of years Lindbergh, Clayton, Ladue, Webster Groves, Kirkwood and Rockwood have all been ahead of Parkway in test results. The good news for Parkway was that Webster Groves fell behind it in math for 2011. Then, 2011 saw the neighboring Rockwood School District take a beating with stories about: This all led up to a school bond issue failing this April at the polls. However, with all this turmoil…
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
High school students and staff get soda, officials said.
Parkway School District extended its longterm contract with Coca-Cola Refreshments, Inc. for another year through June 2013. The Board of Education passed it with general consent items last week. Officials said the relationship with Coke extends back to at least 1999. More recent studies show a link between obesity and drinking soda. However, Parkway said only staff and high school students typically have access to vending machines containing soda/diet soda. The company also provides other beverages. For example, a vending machine in the common area at Parkway Central Middle School is full of Dasani water—and water only. Other vending machines in the same area have typical snack foods and candy. Apparently the district entered into an …