Friday, May 17, 2013
The district has approved a re-negotiated contract with its teachers union that guarantees salary increase above 3 percent each year for the next three years.
Classroom educators at Rockwood are receiving a bump in pay after the district’s board of education and teachers union inked a new contract Thursday night. The new agreement re-defines an existing contract set to expire after the end of the 2014 school year and then extends it for a further two years. Teachers had previously been scheduled to receive a raise of 2.75 percent for 2013-14, but that has been increased to 3.76 percent (including salary steps). The following years will see similar levels with a 3.74 percent bump for 2014-15 and 3.03 percent for 2015-16. The raises are based on a salary schedule with several factors, including years of experience, education level and a cost-of-living adjustment. Rockwood National Education …
Terry Adams will serve as interim superintendent for one year while the district conducts a formalized search for a permanent replacement for Bruce Borchers, who will end his tenure with Rockwood June 7.
The Rockwood School Board has named former Wentzville School District leader Terry Adams as interim superintendent, effective July 1. Board President Bill Brown announced Adams’ appointment Thursday night and said he brings with him a wealth of experience in education administration. His career includes 27 years as a Missouri superintendent at districts in Rolla, Park Hills and Arcadia Valley. Adams most recently served as the chief administrator at Wentzville for the past seven years and retired this past April. Adams will replace current superintendent Bruce Borchers, who has accepted a position at the Oak Ridge School District in Tennessee after signing on with Rockwood in 2010. The contract signed by Adams is for one year at a salary …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The move came after a request by the teacher's union and concerns the salary schedule for the 2013-14 school year.
The Rockwood School District’s administrators may not be the only employees receiving a raise after the school board voted on April 25 to re-open negotiations with the district’s teachers union. The vote occurred in closed session and, according to Chief Communications Officer Kim Cranston, came at the request of the Rockwood National Education Association (RNEA). The request pertains to the salary schedule section of the current collective bargaining agreement, which is in place from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2014. RNEA President Suzanne Dotta said they asked to re-open salary talks after the district said it would end the year with far more in its reserves than it had previously been estimated. According to the RNEA's website, it's …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A number of Parkway and Rockwood schools made Newsweek's just released "America's Best High Schools" list.
(For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) Newsweek just released its "America's Best High Schools" list where it ranks 2,000 public schools across the country. A number of Parkway high schools made the list including, Parkway Central (668), Parkway West (684), Parkway South (697) and Parkway North (889). A number of Rockwood high schools also made the list including Marquette High School (1,000) and Lafayette (357). Among Missouri schools, Lafayette ranked 5th, ranked Parkway Central ranked 9th, Parkway West came in at number 10 and Marquette ranked 17th. Newsweek's list is based on six components: Visit Newsweek for the complete report and to see a complete list of the school rankings.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Police said Joseph T. Maddock taught at several schools in St. Louis County since 2001. He's now being accused of sexually touching a 10-year-old student.
A teacher is being accused of sexually touching a 10-year-old student during a home school session in Lake Saint Louis. Joseph T. Maddock, who also worked for a number of West St. Louis County school districts, was charged Monday in St. Charles County with first-degree statutory sodomy. Lake Saint Louis Police said Maddock, 34, of the first block of Cedar Bluff in Lake Saint Louis, met the boy and his parents while he was teaching at another school. Police reported he convinced the boy’s parents to teach the boy in a home-school environment. Maddock had been teaching at the boy’s Lake Saint Louis home five days a week during the school year. Police said he would rub the boy’s back and stomach as he read stories. During a reading session in…
Friday, May 3, 2013
The board gave the informal go-ahead to a slate of capital projects that would cover what were described as the district's "most critical" needs.
After at least three years without any red ink, the Rockwood School District is moving ahead with a proposed budget plan that will produce an $11 million deficit. The plan included $4.6 million worth of items that would have been included in the $38.4 million Prop S bond issue, had it passed. District CFO Tim Rooney presented the recommendations to the board at a meeting Thursday night and said they represented the district’s most critical needs. “We had a tough task,” he said. “We were really looking at what, if it would fail, would cause the most disruption.” The move was not a formal adoption of the fiscal year 2013-14 budget, which will occur later this summer, but provides guidance to district staff so they can begin coordinating the …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Beginning Monday, April 8, applications can be secured for those who wish to be considered as the seventh Rockwood School District Board of Education director. Before the month's end, someone is expected to replace a slot vacated due to a resignation.
Rockwood Board of Education directors are seeking applicants to fill the director’s position vacated by Steve Smith, who resigned from the board on March 4. Prior to that, he had resigned the presidency of the board in December. The new, appointed member will serve until the April 2014 election. Beginning April 8, applications for the replacement role may be obtained from Kathy Chitwood, Rockwood BOE secretary, at the Rockwood Administrative Center, 111 East North Street in Eureka, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Candidates must be: Completed applications must be returned to Chitwood no later than 4 p.m., April 19. Applicants will be interviewed by existing board members in a public session on April 25, starting at 6 p.m. Current …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Rockwood School District Superintendent Bruce Borchers is extended a new job offer in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, starting this June.
Rockwood School District Superintendent Bruce Borchers was offered a contract to become the superintendent of the Oak Ridge School District in Tennessee Monday evening, just minutes ago. Oak Ridge school board's five members voted unanimously to offer Borchers the lead role of their district, Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Bob Fowler tells Patch. For background, read previous breaking news alerts: Rockwood Superintendent Bruce Borchers Meets Oak Ridge, TN, Residents Rockwood's Superintendent Borchers Looks South for Potential New Job Oak Ridge school officials want Borchers to report to duty earlier than the original date of June 15, which is when the contract with interim superintendent Bob Smallridge expires. The Oak Ridge …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: One parent explains his discovery of why the timing of Proposition S is what it is for the Rockwood School District. "What I learned (Wednesday) was sobering."
Saturday, March 30
Rockwood School District’s (RSD) Proposition S will be decided on April 2. I attended an information session Wednesday at Lafayette High School in Wildwood, where RSD presented their case. Testimony was presented from school representatives, and highlights were that Prop S includes fixing the sinking floor of an entire wing of Ellisville Elementary (built in 1938), resulting in structure issues, among other problems. We also learned a classroom’s handicapped children must exit to outdoors to re-enter the cafeteria, because it is not compliant with the American Disabilities Act. I heard, but have also seen myself, that Chesterfield Elementary has a tiny library that needs upgrading, and that they are continually, and I mean continually, …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
VIDEOS OF OPENING REMARKS: A Rockwood School District Board of Education candidates' forum was held Saturday at Eureka City Hall. Part 1; return to Patch for a summary of candidates' responses to questions from attendees.
A candidates' forum for Rockwood School District Board of Education contenders was hosted Saturday at the Eureka City Hall by Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions (RS for RS), a self-appointed watchdog group of the district. Two of the four board candidates attended: Jeff Morrell and Steve Banton. The other two candidates are Loralee Mondl and Janet Strate. A small crowd of eight attended Saturday's forum, besides moderator Eileen Tyrrell, co-founder and RS for RS spokesperson. Tyrrell said RS for RS was formulated during July 2011 to give "a voice to parents who are not PTO parents, teachers who are not in the union, and the district's taxpayers, in general." "Rockwood prides itself in getting community input, but we saw missing …