The Rock Hill mayor visited students at Rock Hill's The Goddard School as part of the Week of the Young Child.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A police-led committee of the area's long-standing Safe Schools Partnership will offer training to St. Louis area school teams, including the Webster Groves School District.
On the heels of more shooting tragedies across the United States are conversations about how to better prepare school staffs and teachers for active shooter situations and intruders, in general. Perhaps not all school teams are ready to arm their staffs with weapons for protection on school premises, however a St. Louis metropolitan group of police are getting requests for other types of training. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) Fenton Police Precinct Commander Capt. Jeff Bader co-chairs a training committee of the Safe Schools Partnership of St. Louis County, which is a group launched during the 1998-1999 school year to facilitate collaboration between the county police department, area police departments…
Monday, February 4, 2013
While the Cooperating School Districts leader says school security plans are not a "one size fits all" proposition, he is advocating for changes that may require new taxes.
(For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) One attendee at last week's Safe Schools Partnership meeting was Don Senti, executive director of the Cooperating School Districts (CSD). He said superintendents who are CSD members are opposed to arming school staffers to provide security for school children. The Webster Groves School District is a member of the CSD organization. (Read more on the CSD's stance on school safety in the PDF portion of this article.) "Providing security for our most precious resource should be in the capable hands of those professionals who are trained in the use of fire arms, and more importantly, who know when to use them," Senti said. "Therefore, we feel that neither volunteers or armed …
Monday, December 17, 2012
In the wake of the Newtown, CT school massacre, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch will visit schools this week to discuss increasing security, including putting guns in elementary schools.
According to KMOV.com, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch and police officers will begin visiting St. Louis County schools Monday morning. Fitch said he's received numerous calls from area schools concerned about security since Friday's mass shooting in a Newtown, CT elementary school. Fitch acknowledges that most high schools and some middle schools, including those in West County, have armed school resource officers. However, elementary schools are not normally protected by officers. Fitch wants to see armed resource officers or armed school officials in those schools, according to KSDK. He points out that Sandy Hook Elementary School conducted threat drills and locked its doors once class started, but that did not stop suspected …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The best first day of school photo wins a $100 gift card good at Chesterfield Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, South County Center or West County Center in St. Louis!
The smell of fresh crayons, the sudden spike in jeans sales, the year of learning ahead—is there anything more exciting than the first day of school? When you’re packing your children’s backpacks with the binders, books and school supplies they’ll need for the new school year, we’re asking you to remember one very important thing: your camera. We want to see those bright, smiling faces ready for the first day of school, so we decided to start a contest: The best “It’s my first day of school!” photo wins a prize. Submit your first day of school photos by hitting the “Upload” button on this article anytime between August 13 and August 31. Patch editors will randomly select the winner from the photos submitted. And what do you win? Just a …
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The Webster Groves Board of Education addressed concerns about possible changes to open enrollment at its meeting Monday.
Webster Groves School District Superintendent Sarah Riss presented to the Board of Education about the district's action regarding the controversial issue of open enrollment. Riss presented on behalf of the district Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC), a group that formed this past fall and boasts 50 members from the district. The committee was initiated when the district recognized the need for an organized body to be actively involved in state-level education policy. The superintendent told board members Monday that the district needed to closely follow the open enrollment policy now before the Missouri State Board of Education. "There is a lot of confusion now, because there are several unknowns," Riss said. "We don't know what the new…
Sunday, January 9, 2011
As the Missouri legislature makes budget cuts its top priority, the Webster Groves School District is working to combat likely cuts in public education.
The Webster Groves School District spends approximately $11,000 on each student in a given year, according to Diane Moore, chief financial officer for the Webster Groves School District. The amount is likely to drop next year, she said. "We already get pretty minimal state funding as it is," Moore said. "Any reduction in our state funds would be harmful to us." As the Missouri legislature begins its next session amid a $500 million deficit, public education will be one of the first areas cut by the state. "Education is one of the highest funded mandates in the state, so it tends to take a beating in tough times," Moore said. The chief financial officer projects a 5 percent reduction in the budget for next year, although the number is only …
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Webster Groves School District addressed upcoming Board of Education elections at its final meeting of the calendar year.
Monday night's meeting of the Board of Education for the Webster Groves School District focused on upcoming board member elections. The board announced that filing for three positions will officially begin today at 8 a.m. Board members Amy O'Brien, Janet Hamill and board vice president Emerson Smith, are approaching the end of their three-year terms. Hamill, who has served on the board for nearly nine years, announced that she was the only candidate not seeking re-election this April. "I honestly feel that I've accomplished all I wanted to accomplish here," Hamill said. "My children have all graduated, and I feel like it's the right team to leave and make way for new leadership." Smith and O'Brien will not run uncontested for their …