From the District Jan. 21, 2022
Board of Education Approves Refunding of Bonds, Saving District $1 Million
The Board of Education has approved a resolution authorizing the issuance, sale and delivery of general obligation refunding bonds, series 2022. This bond refunding will save the district approximately $1 million. The district will also pay down an additional $2 million in principal, which will increase the interest savings on the issue and free up bond capacity for a no-tax increase bond issue in the future.
Earlier this month, Standard & Poor's issued the district an AA+ rating, making WGSD one of the highest rated districts in the state. Only one other K-12 district has that rating; four districts have a higher rating. In the credit overview S & P stated, "The district's track record of robust financial performance and strong management practices position it well to maintain its stable credit profile over the next two years."
Save the Date for Kindergarten Information Night Feb. 9
Kindergarten Information Night this year is Wed., Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at each of the district's elementary schools. Families with children who will be five years old before Aug. 1 will have a chance to learn more about the program, meet the teachers and more. This session is for parents and guardians. Masks are required. Opportunities for prospective kindergartners to visit the schools will be scheduled later. Families are encouraged to enroll their kindergartners as soon as possible so that the district can plan class assignments and allocate resources. Registration for the 2022-23 school district opens Jan. 25.
School Nurses Honored for Going Above and Beyond
At its meeting this month, the Board of Education honored the diligence and hard work of all of the district nurses during the pandemic.
Thank you to our WGSD nurses for your dedication to students, staff and families!
In this photo, Superintendent John Simpson (at left) and Board of Education President David Addison (right) congratulate Edgar Road nurse Cathy Hausel, Hudson nurse Sara Dahms and district lead nurse and High School nurse Rachel Huertas.
Winter Weather Information
Information regarding communication, late starts/early dismissals and bus schedules can be found at the link below, should winter weather or adverse conditions prompt the district to call off school.
31art gallery To Feature High School Teacher's Work
The 31art gallery will feature nine paintings by High School art teacher Andrew Throm in a group show that opens Feb. 4. The gallery is at 3250 Hampton Ave., St. Louis. For additional information, check the gallery's page on Facebook.
#TeacherFeature Sandy Nathan, Walter Ambrose Family Center Preschool
“That’s an easy one— my family,” she says. “We’re trying really hard to grow good humans in our house. That’s easier said than done at times. They’re all very different. We’re not so concerned about grades or making the team or getting a part in the school play—we’re proud we’re growing kind, compassionate people.”