Board Meeting Highlights

  • What Happened at the Board of Education Meeting Monday, May 13, 2019. What follows are highlights, not minutes, of the meeting.

    Recognitions. The board honored marketing students who qualified to go to the international DECA competition, Emma Binder, who had been an intern in the community relations office;  and Hixson Leadership Academy students. The board honored students who received blue ribbons at the Greater St. Louis Science Fair before the meeting.

    Contribution. Chartwells, the district’s food service provider, donated $5,000 to the district; $4,000 will go for student scholarships and the remainder to the Webster Groves School District Foundation.

    Parking at Bristol. The board discussed details related to a request from a local business to use Bristol’s parking after school hours and on weekends. The superintendent will bring an agreement with the business – which plans to open an event space in Old Webster --  to the next meeting for the board to consider.

    Equity in athletics. Student advisor Jessica Peterson shared details about a project she’s planning for next year, to create a non-profit business that would make available used athletic equipment to students who need it. Jessica plans to develop her idea as part of the High School’s Thrive class next year, which focuses on entrepreneurial and business skills.

    Board equity training. Board members discussed the possibility of attending training conducted by Education Equity Consultants as well as inviting local officials to participate with them. Dr. Simpson will bring possible dates and times to the next meeting.

    School resource officers. The board approved a memo of understanding with the Webster Groves Police Department to continue the practice of assigning two police officers to the school district, with one at Hixson Middle School and one at the High School.  The district reimburses the city for 75 percent of the costs of the officers’ salary and benefits.

    Gifted program evaluation. Assistant Superintendent Kristin Denbow and gifted coordinator Kristy Daniels-Jackson presented the results of an evaluation of the district’s gifted program by Drs. Kristie Speiers Neumeister and Virginia Burney. You can read the results of the evaluation at the link$file/Gifted%20Program%20Evaluation-May%2013%2C%202019%20.pdf and here$file/Final%20Webster%20Groves%20Program%20Evaluation.pdf

    Proposition E bond sale resolution. Because of a delay in pricing district bonds in the market, actual bids will not be received until May 20. In order to proceed with the sale, the board approved a bond sale parameters resolution, which is standard procedure for bond issuers when the timing between sale dates and governing body meetings don’t coincide. It authorizes the district in advance to proceed with a bond sale provided certain parameters are met, specifically with regard to pricing and interest rates.

    Communication bid. The board approved a $92,366 emergency communication system bid from Warner Communications. A districtwide emergency communications system was one of the safety and security items included in the Proposition E bond issue.

    Stipends and supplements. Assistant Superintendent Sandy Wiley Skinner presented information on a new, more equitable  structure for handling extra-duty compensation for teachers.