Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The school was named as a Missouri School of Character this year and is hoping to follow-up the state-level distinction with national recognition.
The following information was provided by the Rockwood SChool District. During a special ceremony on April 1, Chesterfield Elementary was honored for receiving the Missouri School of Character Distinction. This is the second time in five years for the school to earn state recognition. Students, staff, district officials, parents and members of Characterplus attended the ceremony. In celebration of this distinction, Chesterfield was presented with a banner, which it will proudly display in the school. Principal Dr. Meg Brooks commended students and staff for their hard work and leadership. “Chesterfield is a caring school community and it’s exciting to once again receive recognition as a state model for school climate,” said Dr. …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
VIDEO: A Ballwin resident and Rockwood School District parent says putting bond issue on ballot was right choice. She also told Board of Education directors and attendees Thursday night she feels community mistreated Superintendent Bruce Borchers.
Proposition S not passing on April 2 is "not a win for any group; this was a big loss for our district," said Rhonda Costa, Yes for Proposition S committee chair and Rockwood School District parent from Ballwin, when she addressed the district's Board of Education directors and attendees Thursday evening's board meeting at Crestview Middle School in Ellisville. She said she was speaking Thursday night to thank Rockwood directors for putting the bond issue on the ballot. "I believe it was the right choice for our children and our district." Costa said she was proud to be the leader of the Prop S committee, citing that the group's members were great volunteers with which to work. "Everyone knew how much we needed this to pass," said Costa…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
One of Rockwood School District's distinguished counselors is from Chesterfield this year.
Rhonda Mozingo, Kehrs Mill Elementary guidance counselor in Chesterfield, was recognized with the Elementary Counselor of the Year award for Rockwood School District. "All the counselors at Rockwood work so hard, any of them could have gotten this award," Mozingo tells Patch. "I'm honored, and humbled." Each year, a committee of Rockwood parents, teachers and counseling staff review the award nominations and select counselors for recognition based on their leadership, innovation and outstanding service to the school community. Mozingo has been based at Kehrs Mill for 10 years. She offers students assistance with difficult topics, such as divorce, bullying and grief. She said Rockwood counselors recently went from a care team to the …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
VIDEOS: Rockwood voters on Tuesday decided the fate of Proposition S, a $38.4 million no-tax rate increase bond issue, after several months of many public debates about its timing, focus and amount.
A four-sevenths, or 57.14 percent, majority was necessary for passage of Proposition S on April 2 among voters in the Rockwood School District. Prop S was offered as a $38.4 million no-tax rate increase bond initiative that focused on safety, technology and school improvements. The proposition was not passed by voters in Tuesday's election, by a 52.98 percent (9,256 votes) against or NO versus 47.02 percent (8,214 votes) for or YES. That's a difference of 1,042 votes. Rhonda Costa, chair of the "Yes on Prop S" committee, said committee members were most surprised at the degree of negativity that kept boomeranging back. "Every time we tried to move forward, the conversations and focus seemed to drag us back. How can we focus on what our …
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 …
As the top candidate among three prospective finalists to become the new superintendent for Oak Ridge School District, Rockwood School District's Bruce Borchers participated in a formal meet-and-greet event Monday morning.
Rockwood School District Superintendent Bruce Borchers just met some of the good people of the Oak Ridge School District in Tennessee, at mid-day Monday during an official community event. Per the news that Patch broke in the St. Louis area, Rockwood's Superintendent Borchers Looks South for Potential New Job, Borchers may take a pay cut and move to a smaller district. The Oak Ridge Board of Education directors are slated to vote on Borchers regarding the new job yet tonight. Borchers and his family reportedly were touring the town as well today, which has an estimated population of 27,000. Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Bob Fowler reported to Patch that 30 to 40 residents attended Borchers' introductory event. Fowler said Oak Ridge …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: "As Rockwood School District parents and residents, we recognize the vast needs of our schools," says a Rockwood parent, who heads a group that is supporting the $38.4M no-tax increase bond issue on the April 2 ballot.
Rockwood School District Voters: For more than 10 years, my family has been part of the Rockwood School District, and I have been involved in many of the district's efforts. Most recently, I was asked to head up the 2013 Prop S Bond Issue Committee, and of course, I said yes, to further show my support of the district and this initiative. I know how important this bond issue is to district families. Our community needs to pass a bond issue to make improvements to the schools. While funding remains a concern for many school districts, this bond issue will assist in providing safety, technology and facility improvements, which will continue to assist Rockwood School District in being a premiere school district. We, as members of the Prop S …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The following is an introduction to a six-part blog series for which this Rockwood School District parent hopes other readers will join in with reactions, questions and comments. "My instinct tells me; yes, RSD is under attack."
Saturday, March 30
“I proclaim publicly that I favor ending government involvement in education.” - Marshall Fritz, former president of the Alliance for the “Separation of School and State “It would be nice to dismiss this absurd reasoning as the misguided rage of extremists, but the people involved are powerful, well-funded, and have the ear of key political and corporate leaders. They are doggedly committed to controlling the national dialogue on education to discredit K-12 schools.” - Tom Seibold, A Brief Framework for Understanding the Anti-Public School Movement There have been media reports of “attacks” against public education across the country for almost three decades now. These attacks, or public school opposition movements, are manifested in a …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Patch brings you everything you need to know about the April 2 election, from candidates and ballot questions to where to vote.
On Tuesday April 2, voters in Chesterfield together head to the polls to elect a Mayor and City Council members, school board members for Parkway and Rockwood, a Rockwood ballot proposition as well as one director of the Monarch Fire Protection District. You can read about each candidate by following the links below Ward 1: Ward 2 Ward 3 Ward 4 Jane Cunningham Cole McNary Sam Sciortino Jenifer Clifton Tom Appelbaum Daniel P. Brodsky Brad Williams Debbie Hopper Ken Eigenberg Diane Finnestead Janet Strate Loralee Mondl Stephen (Steve) Banton Jeffrey R. Morrell Closing Remarks At Candidate Forum Rockwood School District Proposition S County Parks Ballot Question: St. Louis Beacon on Proposition P Where Do I Vote: Look up your address …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Bruce Borchers, the superintendent of Rockwood schools, comments on his candidacy for a superintendent job in Tennessee.
Thursday, March 28
Eureka-Wildwood Patch broke news yesterday about the candidacy of Bruce Borchers, superintendent of the Rockwood School District, for a superintendent position in Tennessee. You can read the earlier story about Borchers candidacy here and see statements below by Borchers and Rockwood school board president Janet Strate. From Bruce Borchers: Some of you may have read or heard about my interviewing with the Oak Ridge School District in Tennessee. My professional career has been devoted to continuous improvement. I have always been open to opportunities to work with school districts and Boards who share that vision. That is what led me to Rockwood—and what is now leading me to explore an opportunity with Oak Ridge. This is an opportunity for …