Thursday, May 16, 2013
The school district's CFO said it will exhaust its current bond funding this summer and will not have any funds available for additional capital projects.
With the last bit of funds from a 2008 bond issue scheduled to be spent this summer, the Parkway School District's chief financial officer is recommending the school board began talking about placing a new bond on the ballot next fall. CFO Mark Stockwell made the remarks during a presentation to the board at their May 8 meeting. The bond serves as a source of funding for capital expenses, such as maintenance for the district’s facilities. Parkway has about $5.4 million in various projects set for this summer. After that, the bond funds will be gone. Stockwell said this means the district will no longer have money available for additional capital expense or improvements outside of emergency repairs. His preliminary 2013-14 budget sets aside…
Sunday, May 12, 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, Parkway South ranked 11th 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…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Alison Owen has left the intensive care unit of St. Louis Children's Hospital, according to updates provided by her family, and has begun physical therapy.
The Parkway West sophomore who suffered a brain hemorrhage and other injuries during a car accident earlier this month is out of intensive care. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) Alison Owen remains a patient at St. Louis Children’s Hospital but since moving out of the ICU on Feb. 12, she has been undergoing physical therapy and making good progress, according to Owen’s profile on CaringBridge.com. Owen’s injuries, including broken vertebrae and bruised lungs, were the result of a car accident in Chesterfield Feb. 1. Her family has been providing updates on her recovery through CaringBridge and her fellow high school students have produced an outpouring of support in response. In recent posts, Owen’s family …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Parkway School District is holding a solar panel dedication Tuesday at Pierremont Elementary School in Manchester.
The Parkway School District provided the following details of the dedication ceremony in a news release. WHO: The Parkway School District, Brightergy and hundreds of elementary students wearing orange sunglasses. WHAT: The dedication of Parkway's 825-kilowatt solar-energy system, installed as 25-kilowatt systems across 33 buildings throughout the district. Parkway is the first to adopt solar energy across the district, making the district-wide system the largest rooftop solar project in the state. WHEN: Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m. WHERE: Pierremont Elementary (gymnasium), 1215 Dauphine Lane, Manchester, MO 63011, School number (314) 415-6600 WHY: Parkway Schools' future is so bright, they've gotta wear shades! Students will don …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Parkway School Board is considering delaying the review of the district's Early Retirement Incentive Plan while it waits for the Missouri State Legislature to make a decision on pensions.
The Parkway School Board is considering a delay in reviewing the district's early retirement incentive policy. The Parkway School District's current policy allows early retirment for teachers with between 25 and 31 years of credited service in the Missouri Public School Retirment System and at least 10 years with the Parkway School District. The program, in its current from, is set to expire in 2014 and is scheduled for review this year. However, according to district's CFO Mark Stockwell, the board is now considering delaying the review of the district's early retirment policy as it waits to see what the Missouri Legislature decides about a clause in the state's teachers' retirement plan. "There's a section in the (state's) retirement …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Police tell Patch they turned their case into prosecutors shortly after the December incident and prosecutors decided no criminal charges would be filed.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
West County native Stefania Silvestri has just released a now book she hopes will help families dealing with Alzheimer's by sharing her own struggle as a caregiver.
Author and West County native Stefania Silvestri recently released a book she hopes will help families dealing with Alzheimer's and dementia. "Beside the Mountain: Finding Strength and Courage Through My Father’s Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease" is Silvestri's first hand account of watching her father succumb to the disease and its affect on her family. At age 14, her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when he was only 48. She, her sisters and their mother, became his caregivers. "I had no idea that this brain disease, that Alzheimer's Disease, could affect my dad. I had no idea that my dad would become become so childlike at the end," Silvestri tells Patch. "My mom didn't know who she was taking care of. Was it a son or a dad?" Her…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Five Parkway School District teachers recently achieved National Board Certification -- the "gold standard" for teaching excellence.
Friday, December 7, 2012
The following information was supplied by the Parkway School District: Five Parkway School District teachers recently achieved National Board Certification -- the "gold standard" for teaching excellence. The teachers and their schools are: National Board Certified Teachers are highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards. Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have done so through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is recognized as the source for the highest standards and practices that lead to improved teaching, leading and learning. A voluntary assessment …
Friday, October 19, 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 in a news release 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 …