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.
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?” …
Friday, February 1, 2013
The Parkway School District held the final in a series of four public presentations and feedback-gathering sessions last night and will vote on a proposal to cut $3-4 million from the 2013-14 budget next week.
With the last of its public budget meetings conducted last night, Parkway School District officials said they are ready to bring a proposal to cut $3.3-4.1 million over the next two years before the school board for a vote next week. The meeting at Parkway Central High School was the final in a series of four presentations at various district high schools to present information on the cuts and gather input from residents on the plan. School Board President Beth Feldman said the feedback at the meetings has not produced any broad themes or major criticisms, so herself and her fellow board members will likely vote on the package as it has been presented at their meeting next Wednesday. “I think the issues that have come up seem to be issues …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
After cutting $8 million from the budget and eliminating 130 full-time jobs, KMOV reports that the Parkway School District gave its gave administrators and department heads raises. Watch KMOV's story here.
As previously reported by Patch, in February, the Parkway School Board voted to cut up to $9.63 million from the district's budget over the next two years. At the time, school officials blamed the depressed economy for lower revenue. According to a report by KMOV investigative reporter Craig Cheatham, the district cut $8 million of that this year and those budget cuts eliminated 130 full-time positions. (Watch Craig Cheatham's complete report on KMOV.com here.) However, Cheatham also reports that a few months after deciding on the cuts, the district gave all of its administrators and department heads pay raises, including all 70 employees making more than $100,000 a year. Parkway school officials tell Patch that vote came at the June 13 …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
In preparation for National School Bus Safety Week, Parkway Superintendent Keith Marty rode school buses with students as they headed to class this week.
The following information was provided by the Parkway School District. Superintendent Dr. Keith Marty rode Parkway buses this morning (Oct, 18) to celebrate National School Bus Safety Week, which takes place Oct. 22-Oct. 26, 2012. “It’s a great time to ride with drivers to show support and to encourage continued safe driving,” he says. Will Rosa, transportation director, and Dr. Marty also demonstrated how to evacuate buses safely from the rear. Parkway's transportation department has an outstanding record in student safety and service. For 22 consecutive years, Parkway's transportation department has been awarded the "Fleet Excellence Award" from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the "Exemplary School Bus Maintenance Award" from the…
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…
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Ad hoc group proposes to cut up to $9.6 million from a $186 million budget.
Belt-tightening is in the future for Parkway District schools, based on the recommendations of a 22-member committtee that met seven times with district Superintendent Keith Marty in November. The school board met publicly Wednesday over proposed budget cuts up to $9.6 million annually for the next two years. District CFO Mark Stockwell reported Parkway would need to reduce operating expenditures by approximately 3 - 5 percent a year, to avoid draining down district reserve funding to zero. By Patch calculations, the total district budget is about $186 million annually. The committee, made up of school principals and administrative officials, identified one area to increase revenue and six areas for cuts: Specifics reductions included: The…
Friday, December 2, 2011
The next two years will see operating costs slashed due to declining revenue.
Parkway School District Superintendent Keith Marty announced Thursday that he wants to trim operating costs by approximately three to five percent over the next two years. Although no specifics were given, Marty said in an email he plans to introduce cost-cutting strategies in January for the 2012 and 2013 district budgets. Marty issued the following statement Thursday: Although Parkway continues to be in strong financial shape, our schools are not immune to the challenges of declining revenues in a tough economy. Since 2007, Parkway's operating revenues have decreased steadily and future growth is expected to be minimal. Over the same period, our schools have worked hard to keep costs down and expenses have only grown by 2.8 percent …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
School board to introduce its new branding Thurs., 10am, Queeny Park at a districtwide fete.
With a pep rally of sorts set for Thursday, Parkway School District's Board of Education is set to introduce its new branding image or logo to the public. The district's new superintendent, Dr. Keith Marty, will address the district gathering in Queeny Park, 10am, on Mason and Weidman roads. Parkway's newest brand can be recognized as a half-sun with rays, as well as an open book with the pages radiating out and upward in a half-circle. (See new and previous logos in photos with this article.) Parkway keeps its red color but drops the word district from the new look—saying simply Parkway Schools. The giant school district covers 68 square miles and was created in 1954 by the consolidation of three smaller districts, after citizens voted to…
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Keith Marty shares his experience with redistricting as a parent.
Parkway School District's new superintendent Keith Marty took over the reins officially on July 11, though he's been visiting the district regularly since his hire was announced in January. Patch talked with Marty this week about what's coming up in the district and how's been settling into his new role. Wednesday, we shared his answers about developing a strategic plan for Parkway's facilities and beginning ongoing testing. Find out what Marty thinks about early childhood education and the upcoming adjustment of elementary school boundaries in the north and central areas of the district. Patch: What do you see as the role of early education and programs like Parents as Teachers? How do those fit into where Parkway is going? Keith Marty…