March 15_ 2004 Minutes by accinent


									                               #1234 REGULAR BOARD MEETING

                                            March 15, 2004

The Board of Education for the Kirkwood School District R-7 met in regular session on Monday, March
15, 2004 at the Administrative Services Center located at 11289 Manchester Road. The following
members were present: President Jane Bogetto, Vice President John Glunt, Secretary Matt Cottler,
Directors Kathy Harris, Ruth Jayne and Rick Stream. Others present included Superintendent Damerall
and Assistant Superintendents Ayres and West. Director Ben Clark was absent from the meeting.


Due to several people speaking during the public comment segment prior to the Board meeting,
President Bogetto called the regular meeting to order at 7:51 PM. A motion to approve an amended
agenda for the evening was made by Stream and seconded by Jayne. The motion carried 6-0.


A motion to approve the minutes for the March 1, 2004 regular meeting was made by Stream, seconded
by Harris and carried 6-0. A motion to approve the minutes for the March 1, 2004 closed meeting was
made by Cottler and seconded by Stream. The motion carried 5-0-1 with Jayne abstaining due to her
absence from the meeting.


Director of Public Information, Ms. Nona King presented awards and honors that district students and
staff have won recently.

Kirkwood Teachers of the Year for 2004-2005 Announced
Kirkwood schools, the Kirkwood Early Childhood Center and Parents as Teachers (PAT) have selected
their Teachers of the Year for 2004-05 from nomination forms submitted by faculty and staff in their
schools. Each school announced their honorees last week.

Although their names are being announced at the school board meeting this evening, March 15, the
2004-05 Teachers of the Year will be formally introduced to the school board at the April 19 meeting.


PAT - Margie Zitko, Parent Educator
KECC - Shari Max, Early Childhood Center Preschool Teacher (three year olds)
Keysor - Gail Stobie, Special Education
North Glendale - Marcia Hansen, Music, K-5
Robinson - Steve Pursley, Grade 3
Tillman - Connie Smith, Literacy Specialist
Westchester - Elizabeth Phillip-Coan, Music, K-5
Nipher - Laura Schowalter, Grade 6 Math
NKMS - Megan Mottl, Grade 7 Language Arts/Reading
KHS - Larry Anderson, Foreign Language - German

Thank you to all who participated in the selection process.

And a special thank you to the school representatives and members of the teachers of the year selection
committee: Kay Heintz, PAT parent educator; Lauri Pollitt, KECC; Stephanie Byrne, Keysor; Tracy
Winslade, N. Glendale; Mary Meihaus, Robinson; Betty Polles, Tillman; John Kulla-Branz,
Westchester; Patty Goeke, Nipher; Patrick Jackson/Leigh Mincks, NKMS; and Pat Soraghan, KHS.

District Hosts MSBA Regional Dinner Meeting
On March 8, the Kirkwood School District hosted the MSBA Region 7 spring meeting for
approximately 80 board members and educators from throughout the area. The Kirkwood Board of
Education and Superintendent Dr. David Damerall served as hosts for the event, which was held in the
Walker Commons of Kirkwood High School. Board President Jane Bogetto welcomed guests to the
program, which included dinner and updates on legislative issues and school funding.

Many Kirkwood R-7 staff members contributed to the overall success of the evening and deserve
recognition for their efforts. Trudi Lewis, executive assistant to Dr. Damerall, coordinated the overall
planning, which included working with Kirkwood and MSBA staff to ensure an enjoyable evening for
those attending.

Board member Ruth Jayne helped with directional signs and former board member Linda Reed placed
a welcome greeting on the high school's outdoor marquee.

Shirley Derby, director of food services for Chartwell's, Donna White, catering manager and KHS
food service supervisor, and Lesley Brinkopf, food service office manager, and other area food service
personnel prepared an elegant buffet and formal table settings for the guests.

Tony Koenig, director of buildings and grounds, along with custodial managers Mike Whittaker and
Tammy Ireland, coordinated the efforts of the maintenance and custodial departments in preparing the
area and set-up of tables and other equipment. Charlene Stoney, KHS head custodian, and her staff
worked tirelessly to ensure the Commons area was clean and inviting for the guests.

Mike White, director of technology, Chris Bond, informational systems specialist, Nick Strecker,
KHS media specialist, and Alissa Parrish, KHS technology educator, coordinated the set-up of
technology equipment needed for the evening's presentations.

KHS students also played an important role with members of the KHS Orchestra providing musical
entertainment during the early part of the evening and members of the KHS Student Council and/or
National Honor Society acting as student servers.

Patrick Jackson, instrumental music teacher, arranged for the orchestra students to play. The students
included Royalty Jones, Tiffany Simon, Meredith Lynch, Emilee Newell, Sarah Drake, Ray
Meibaum, Caroline Bailey, Erica Wunderlich, Eric Evola, Anna Fargo, Alina Taylor, Mandy
Smith, Abby Ross, Catherine Meihaus, Sarah Manley and Derrick Dortch.

Mark Geismann, KHS counselor and sponsor for National Honor Society, and Lindsey Flanders, KHS
art teacher and Student Council co-sponsor, enlisted students to act as servers. The student servers
included Ashley Hawkins, Maggie Creamer, Ashley Mouldon, Charlie Spencer, Kyle Welborn and
Lisa Kuttenkuler.
According to Brinkopf of the food service staff, the student servers did an exceptional job and were
more helpful and cooperative than other student groups that have helped with similar events in other

Building and Grounds Director Elected to Serve State Association
Tony Koenig, director of buildings and grounds, has been elected vice president of the Missouri School
Plant Managers Association by his peers throughout the state. Koenig will serve a three-year term: this
year as vice president, next year as president-elect, and the third year as president of the organization.
This is the second time Koenig has accepted this position with the state organization. He is also serving
on the board of directors for the St. Louis Plant Managers Association, which held its first meeting in
December with 111 individuals from school districts in Warren, St. Charles, St. Louis, Jefferson, and
Franklin counties attending.

Night Custodial Manager Earns School Plant Managers Certification
Mike Whittaker, night custodial manager, has completed all requirements established by the Missouri
School Plant Managers Association and recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education (DESE) to receive certification acknowledging his successful school plant management
performance. This certification is approved by the Board of Directors of the Missouri School Plant
Managers Association and Tom Quinn, the director of school governance for DESE. According to
Tony Koenig, director of buildings and grounds, only 39 plant managers have received this certification
in Missouri, and Kirkwood is the only district to have two individuals earn certification: Koenig and
now Whittaker.

KHS National Merit Finalists Announced
Kirkwood High School (KHS) National Merit Semifinalists Dan Laudel and Cliff Smith have been
named National Merit Finalists in the 2004 Competition for Merit Scholarship Awards. This distinction
places them in a group of more than 15,000 students representing less than one percent of U.S. high
school graduating seniors. Each received a Certificate of Merit and a letter of commendation from the
National Merit Scholarship Program. Although this nationwide academic competition is the largest of its
kind, scholarship funds are limited and only about 8,000 of the finalists will receive a Merit Scholarship
award, which are announced in late spring/early summer.

KHS Students Earn Honors in National History Day Competition
KHS students participated in the regional competition for National History Day (NHD) held at the
University of Missouri-St. Louis recently (UMSL) with three students placing in the top three places of
their respective categories.

Based on this year's theme of "exploration, encounter, and exchange," each student defended his or her
research presentation to college and high school faculty judges. KHS students entered in two categories:
research exhibits and research documentaries. According to teacher Steve Platte, KHS students took
half of the six possible medals.

In research exhibits, Patrick O'Brian took second place for his study on the effects of Agent Orange on
Americans and Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, and Jon Duffey took third place for his study of
influences on the development of Elvis Presley's music. In the research documentary category, Jeff
Albach took second place for his documentary of the 1970 Kent State protesters' fatal encounter with

the Ohio National Guard. All three KHS students have been invited to participate in the NHD state
competition in Columbia on April 17.

NKMS Student Among 12 State Winners in Essay Contest
Phoebe Davis, an eighth grade language arts student at North Kirkwood Middle School (NKMS), has
won an honorable mention award in the 2004 Letters About Literature statewide essay contest. Davis,
her parents and her teacher, Melissa Banjak, have been invited to attend a reception and awards
ceremony in Jefferson City on April 7. More than 1,200 Missouri students submitted essays in this year's
contest, which is sponsored by the Missouri Center of the book, the Library of Congress, Weekly Reader
Corporation and Target Stores.

Statewide, a third place, second place, and two honorable mentions are awarded for a total of 12 winners
in three levels. Davis was recognized as a Level II winner. First place winners receive a cash prize,
Target gift card and certificate; second place and honorable mention winners receive a cash prize and a

KHS Student Receives Missouri Hospice Volunteer Award
Kim Jeske, KHS junior, has been selected to receive the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care
Association's Heart of Hospice Patient Care Volunteer award. According to Anne Myers-Richards,
volunteer program supervisor for BJC Hospice, Kim has been an outstanding member of the BJC
Hospice volunteer program for the past two years. "We are all really proud of Kim and delighted to have
her as part of our team," said Myers-Richards. Kim and Jan Schuster, service-learning coordinator,
joined hospice employees and volunteers from throughout the state of Missouri for the awards luncheon
in Jefferson City on March 10 where Attorney General Jay Nixon was the keynote speaker. According
to Schuster, this is the first time a teenager has ever received this award in Missouri.

KHS Student Earns Lt. Governor Service Award
Andrew Pelikan, KHS senior, was named a recipient of the 2004 Lieutenant Governor's Service Award.
The award is given to honor excellence in national service to recipients who are selected statewide on
the basis of service to community, leadership and personal strengths. Andrew is one of 20 recipients, six
of whom are students.

The awards will be presented to this year's honorees in Jefferson City on March 17 as part of Missouri
Service Day. According to Jan Schuster, service-learning coordinator, Andrew, his parents and sister
Laura (KHS graduate now a student at University of Missouri) will attend the ceremony along with
Schuster, her assistant, Marie Stobbe, and Charlie Spencer, KHS senior and last year's award winner
and member of the state service-learning advisory council. The group plans to meet with Sen. Mike
Gibbons and Rep. Richard Byrd while in the state capital.

This marks the tenth year the award has been presented and the tenth year a winner from KHS has been
named. In addition to Spencer, past KHS recipients are Greg Kilker, Logan Whitaker, Leslie
Deckard, Katie Niemann, Jessica Sleater, Devin Graham, Katie Fernandez and Meredith Albers.

Middle School Band Students Achieve Honors at Music Festival
A total of 43 band students from Nipher Middle School achieved Honor I and Honor II ratings at the
2004 St. Louis Suburban Music Education Association (SLSMEA) Solo/Ensemble Festival on Feb. 21.

Honor I (Superior) Ratings:

Bryan Land (8) - Clarinet Solo
Zack Hawkins (7) - Saxophone Solo
Christopher Kelly (7) - Trombone Solo
James Tucker (7) - Trombone Solo
Brandon Mitchener (8) - Baritone Solo
Andrew Buchholz (8), Jamie Fitzgerald (8), Hannah Gaines (8) - Saxophone Trio
Jacob Dill (8), Scott Souders (8), Ben Speidel (8) - Saxophone Trio
Carra Hansen (7), Tierney Furlong (7) - Clarinet Duet
Jennifer Deutschmann (8), Brittany Neely (8), Brooklynn Hartmann (8), and Reenie Rohlfing (8); -
Clarinet Quartet

Honor II (Excellent) Ratings:
Josh Mack (7) - Clarinet Solo
Cameron Lund (7) - Flute Solo
Kevin Keith (7), Rob Lothman (7) - Trombone Duet
Sarah Edwards (7), Paige Rosenberg (7) - Flute Duet
Hannah Ayers (8), Sarah Clement (8) - Flute Duet
Ashley Bennett (8), Brittany Neely (8) - Woodwind Duet
Lauren Craft (7), Ashley Lane (7), Brooke Loving (7) - Clarinet Trio
Jordan Hilton (7), Lucinda Winter (7) - Clarinet Duet
Ben Baer (7), Claire Hoffmann (7), Pat McHugh (7), Billy Paulsen (7) - Brass Quartet
Justin Beatty (7), Mike Wehrman (7) - Saxophone Duet
Susie Compton (8), Julie Edelstein (8), Nicole Morgan (8) - Flute Trio
Elena Johnson (7), Erin McGonagle (7) - Flute Duet

Kirkwood Weightlifters Participate in Weightlifting Championships
Members of the Kirkwood Weightlifting team participated in the Missouri Valley Weightlifting
Championships held recently in St. Joseph, Mo. According to their coach, Nipher physical
education/fitness teacher Ed Bielik, 11 of the 16 team members who participated were awarded medals.

1st Place Finishers:
Danny Whitney (7) Whitney lifted 13 lbs. over body weight in clean and jerk lift; he only weighs 56
Nick Johnson (8) - named strongest 8th grader
Claire Heinicke (6)
Margaret Gender (6)
Brian Walser (6) - named strongest 6th grader

Special notes:
Clint Wing (12) lifted in his last competition. Clint is now preparing for West Point Military Academy.

Benn Overkamp, sophomore at Webster University is two training weeks out from Senior Nationals.
He has qualified for the Olympic Trials in May.

Victor Porter (11) has won a "coach in training" scholarship at the Olympic Training Center in
Colorado Springs. He will be attending the Olympic Committee's International Coaches Symposium.

Elementary Science Fair Ribbon Winners

The district's elementary science fair was held Feb. 28 at Kirkwood High School. Dr. Donna Crecelius,
science facilitator, coordinated the event. She also serves as co-coordinator for the Greater St. Louis
Science Fair, which will be held at Queeny Park. The students who received blue ribbons at the district
fair may enter their projects in the Greater St. Louis Science Fair.

Blue ribbon winners
Grade 5 - Alex Brooks, Michelle Plants, Kelly Mackenzie, team of Sarah Heuemann and Megan
Grade 3 -Mauryn Buckner-Swain (Elementary Life Science Special Award), team of Andrew Lewis,
William Dunn and Leah Koch
Grade 2 - Shane Perry (Mathematical Scientist Special Award), team of Amelia Teare, Emily Bates,
Caleb Newcomb and Kaitlynn Cummings
Grade 1 - Garrett Das

Red ribbon winners
Grade 5 - Bobby Smith, Sam Wright, Paige Muellner, team of Connor Schoenberger and Tony
Fonseca, Robyn Jordan, Daniel Berry, Amanda Krupnik
Grade 4 - Nikko Gianino
Grade 3 - Taylor Ramsaroop
Grade 2 - team of Laney Sward, Daniel Witt, Austin Steimel and Shane Perry
Grade 1 - Bridget Randazzo (Primary Creative Display Special Award), Luke Perry Kindergarten -
Meridian Buckner-Swain

Green ribbon winners
Grade 3 - Emily Schweiss, Trudy Wurm

Participation ribbon
Grade 2 - Madeline Sponholtz

North Glendale
Blue ribbon winners
Grade 5 - Kate Strube
Grade 3 - team of Patrick Mannion and Madison Baer (North Glendale "Superstar" Special Award),
Jane Edmunds
Grade 2 - team of Anna Herrmann and Olivia Van Housen, team of Alynn Richardson and Katie
Drexler, Lakin Grus, Maddie Bert

Red ribbon winners
Grades 4 and 2 respectively - team of Elizabeth Luciani and Jacob Luciani, grades 4 and 2
Grade 4 - team of Elizabeth Henquinet, Sarah Tucker and Emma Stephenson; team of Hannah
Richardson, Hannah Meneely and Bria McWoods
Grade 2 - Hannah Maeser, Jenna Oldham
Grade 1 - team of Ian Borella and Tommy Hopper (Primary Physical Science Special Award); team of
Jacob Pavelka, Thomas Carpenter and Griffen Kibens

Green ribbon winners
Grade 2 - team of Eric McWoods, John Aschbacher and John Fuszner
Grade 5 - Jesse Roberts

Grade 4 - team of Maria Schneider and Paige Crowley; team of Jeffrey Kasten, Stephen Scobee and
Matthew Siegel; Christian Oldham
Grade 3 - team of Ryann Bank, Erin Kilfoy and Claire Salzman; Allison Walter; Maddie Stradal;
Grade 2 - Marco Barbieri, Shannon Kilfoy, Jordan Holmes
Grade 1 - Tess Ervin

Blue ribbon winners
Grade 2 - Gabi Super, Robinson "Road Runner" Special Award; Kendra Cross, Primary Life Science
Special Award
Grade 3 - Lanie Mitchell
Kindergarten - Jake Super

Red ribbon winner
Grade 2 - Connor Mitchell

Blue ribbon winners
Grade 5 - Beth King
Grade 4 - Ben Sulser
Grade 2 - Ellen Sulser
Grade 1 - Andy Biesiadecki

Red ribbon winners
Grade 5 - Eric Brunngraber; team of Lauren Wendell, Annie Travis and Laura Berner; Sierra
Horton; and Kate King, Elementary Physical Science Special Award
Kindergarten - Boyd MacDonald, Hough Learning Center Special Award

Green ribbon winners
Grade 4 - Billy Fries
Grade 3 - Demi Lewis, Jake Horton, Annagrace Claunch
Grades 3 and Kindergarten respectively - team of Steven Travis and Willy Travis
Grade 1 - Katherine Bartels, Mike Boyle, Megan Malloy

Participation winners:
Grade 4 - Brendan Daly
Grade 1 - Madeleine Coakley

Blue ribbon winners
Grade 3 - Blake Bradshaw, Elementary Creative Display Special Award; Michael Waters; Patrick
Grade 2 - Annie Cockerline

Green ribbon winner
Grade 5 - Sean Valentine

Participation winners
Grade 3 - Becca Gerdes
Grade 1 - Katie Pigge
Kindergarten - Christina Camarato, Julia Sponholtz

Kirkwood PAT Receives Donation from State Sen. Gibbons
Tresa McCallie, coordinator of the district's Parents as Teachers (PAT) program, and five parent
educators-Jayne Montrey, Susan Talley, Joanne Wickenhauser, Lauren Bakker-Arkema and Kay
Heintz-attended the 20th anniversary celebration for the state's PAT program in Jefferson City on March

The Kirkwood PAT group met privately with Sen. Mike Gibbons, who presented the group with a
much-appreciated surprise- a check for $2,500. McCallie thanked the senator for his support of the
Kirkwood PAT program and his efforts in securing this donation.

The group also met privately with Rep. Kathyln Fares and Rep. Richard Byrd. They left letters from
PAT families and parent educators in Gov. Bob Holden's office. The letters thanked the governor and
legislators for their support of PAT and urged them to reinstate PAT funds that were cut last year so
services can be restored.

According to McCallie, Sen. Gibbons, Rep. Fares and Rep. Catherine Hannaway made very positive,
supportive statements about PAT at the celebration assembly in the Capitol rotunda. Sen. Gibbons and
Rep. Fares mentioned specifically the hard work of Kirkwood PAT in their remarks. McCallie says that
Kirkwood was the only district mentioned by name, which is a tribute to the hard work of the district's
parent educators and families in educating and reaching out to legislators.

Kirkwood Kiwanis Club Funds PAT Screening Equipment
The Parents as Teachers program (PAT) received a $350 gift from the Kirkwood Kiwanis Club to
replace their select picture audiometer. According to Tresa McCallie, PAT coordinator, this is the eighth
screening instrument the club has purchased for PAT over the last 20 years. They have purchased two
tympanometers, two audiometers and four developmental screening kits. McCallie commends the club
for their continued support for PAT and acknowledges the Kirkwood Kiwanis as a group of dedicated
people committed to the well being of children.

KHS Pioneer and Call Staffs earn Recognition at Conference
KHS students from the Kirkwood Pioneer and Call staffs received awards from the Sponsors of
School Publications of Greater St. Louis at its spring conference, March 8. Students on the staffs of the
Pioneer and the Call competed in writing, design and photography contests as well as an overall
yearbook and newspaper competition. More than 750 students from 30 area high schools participated in
the conference.

Call Newspaper Staff Awards
Superior for Overall 2004 Newspaper

Best of Show
Amanda Boyle - News Writing
Anna Kopp - Feature Writing
Chris Brown - Black and White Photography

Katie Rice - Headlines/Cutlines
Jay Holley - Editorial Writing
Alex Monnig - Column Writing
Paul Pryse - Editorial Writing

Honorable Mention
Tim Bond - Black and White Photography
Maggie Creamer - News Writing
Katie Walsh - Column Writing

Pioneer Yearbook Staff Awards
Excellent for Overall 2003 Yearbook
Best of Show
Sarah Levy - Academic Copy
Lauren Wooldridge - Sports Copy
Katie Woodard - Spread Design

Susan Burbank - Student Life Copy
Elizabeth Lauber - Cover/Endsheet Design
Brianna Grattan - Student Life Spread Design
Greg Stock - Sports Copy

Alison Graham - Opening Spread Design
Zach Mathes - Academic Copy
Katy Nichols - Cover/Endsheet Design

Honorable Mention
Hallie Lillmars - Black and White Photography
Callie Walla -Student Life Spread Design

KHS Softball Team Member Signs Letter of Intent
Amanda Haverman, senior and pitcher for the KHS Girls Softball Pioneers, has accepted a softball
scholarship to attend East Tennessee State University. According to her coach, Ken Shaw, she will sign
her letter of intent on April 14.

Nipher Student Qualifies for State National Geographic Bee
Adam Wilson, sixth grader at Nipher Middle School, was the first place winner of the Nipher
Geographic Bee and has qualified to represent Nipher and participate at the state level of the National
Geographic Bee, sponsored by ING. The state Bee will be held Friday, April 2 at the University of

All social studies students at Nipher were given a preliminary test to identify finalists from each grade
level. Twenty finalists were announced from all three grade levels to compete in the Nipher Geographic
Bee. Adam Wilson was 1st place winner, Chris Groh, seventh grade, was 2nd place winner, and Jim
Tucker, seventh grade, was 3rd place winner. Other participants included Andrew Wendell, Ann
Torack, Britton Schlotz, Graham Holfeld, Jeremy Pearson, Joe McHugh, K.C. Hagnauer,
Kaushik Goswami, Max Campbell, Melissa St. John, Michael Burch, Rob Lothman, Sean
Thompson, Tom Botchen, Tony Moore, Trevor Williams, and Xavyer Bounds.
NKMS Students Vote for Mark Twain Book Award
Yvonne Gibbs, library/media specialist at North Kirkwood Middle School (NKMS) coordinated voting
in her school for the Mark Twain Book Award, sponsored by the Missouri Association of School
Librarians. Students who are eligible to vote choose their favorite book from a list of 20 titles as part of
the Mark Twain nominee program. The chosen author receives the award, which is a bust of Mark
Twain, at the MASL spring conference.

Students in fourth through eighth grades are eligible to vote if they have read, or have had read to them,
at least four of the 20 titles nominated for the award. A total of 32 NKMS students met the requirements
to vote. According to Gibbs, the students had a three-way tie for their favorite and selected Avi's The
Good Dog, Mikaelsen's Touching Spirit Bear and Wiles' Love, Ruby Lavender.

The students, who gathered on March 11 to celebrate their vote were Mackenzie Becker, Jordan
Berger, Andrew Biedenstein, Anna Blasberg, Emily Coates, Katie Cox, Lindsay Denton, Allison
Dickherber, Anthony Eanes, Gabi Ehrig, Rosa Estrada, Caroline Fletcher, Meg Florent, Nick
Graham, Justin Jarvis, Michael Kennedy, Jessica Kickham, Shannon Kopp, Lynsey Lahey, Peter
Lewis, Adam Loemker, Rachel Luttbeg, Katie McCoy, Justin Oates, Nora Ohnenwald, Erin
Robbins, John Robinson, Nate Schmidt, Dan Smith, Allyssa Swain, Natalie Tyrey and Brittany
Williams, Bianca Napier and Angela Seley.

Tillman Students Entertain Manor Grove Residents
The TEAM Tillman Leadership Council (TTLC) visited residents in Manor Grove Retirement Home
in Kirkwood recently. The 26 students performed and shared their talents with the residents. They also
handed out crafts and cards. According to Jenny Martin, fifth grade teacher and TTLC co-sponsor, the
students touched many lives and warmed hearts in a very special way during their visit.

The TTLC representatives are, 3rd grade: Anne Fried, Jimmy McHugh, Nick Chiodini, Sally
Thompson; 3-4 loop: Luke Beattie, Demi Lewis; 3/4: Will Haenni, Hailey Jones, Ben Gaither-
Ganim, Breck McMichael; 4th grade: Leah Gamble, Jake Luttbeg, Robby Richardson, Alex
Walker; 5th grade: Charlie Bambini, Sierra Horton, Kate King, Nick Durbin, Taylor Hunt,
Catherine Moore, Justin Hilton, Erin Hoffman, Samantha Ruggeri, Eric Brungraber, Jenna
Burch and Jay Frick.

TEAM Tillman Leadership Council (TTLC) is composed of students from grades 3-5 (two
representatives per classroom for grades 3-4 and 3 representatives per classroom for grade 5. Members
are selected by their peers and meet about once a week during the school's big service projects. The fifth
graders hold more responsibility and serve as committee leaders. These committee heads change with
each project, giving students the opportunity to try leadership in new areas. The fifth graders also report
the minutes to the primary grades so they are informed of what is happening within the school. The
 TTLC has three faculty sponsors who help coordinate and lead meetings and projects: Camille Fried
(fifth grade), Brooke Williams (fourth grade), and Jenny Martin (fifth grade).

Superintendent Reappointed to Special School District Committee
At a recent meeting of the Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) governing council, Dr.
David Damerall, superintendent of schools, was reappointed to serve on the SSD Metropolitan
Vocational Technical Cooperative. He currently serves as chair for the committee and will continue in
that role.


Ms. Carol Sipes, District Math Facilitator, reported on several math initiatives that have been developed
by the K-8 math committee to better prepare students for MAP testing in mathematics. The Board’s
questions and comments were addressed.


After completing the materials selection process, the 8th grade mathematics teachers, under the direction
of Ms. Carol Sipes, chose a Holt Pre-Algebra book for adoption. Ms. Sipes explained the selection
process and identified special features of the Holt Pre-Algebra book which made it the top choice for
District use. The total value of the adoption is $42,641.20 with the District paying only $13,932 of this
amount while the remaining $28709.20 is free materials and support. A motion was made by Stream
and seconded by Cottler to approve the adoption of the Holt Pre-Algebra book. Questions and
comments from the Board were addressed. The motion carried 6-0.


Director of Buildings and Grounds, Mr. Tony Koenig presented a recommendation for the replacement
of a skid steer loader. A motion to award the bid to Bobcat of St. Louis for the purchase of one 5185
Bobcat skid steer loader for $10,216.55 was made by Glunt and seconded by Jayne. This price includes
the trade-in value of $7,500 for the District owned Bobcat. Mr. Koenig responded to questions and
comments from the Board. The motion carried 6-0.


Technology Facilitator, Dr. Dee Wiecher presented a report on the progress of the use of electronic
elementary report cards within the District. In January 2004, second quarter report cards at North
Glendale School were produced electronically. Training began at Keysor and Robinson for third quarter
reports. Westchester and Tillman will follow. Discussions have also begun with secondary schools and
key individuals are being included in training efforts to assist in designing a plan for moving secondary
schools to a web-based electronic grade book. Dr. Wiecher addressed questions and comments from the


Various comments were made regarding the steps the District has taken to try and insure that no child is
left behind and that the achievement gap is closed. The District wishes to support all students who are
struggling and has had many programs in place even before legislation has required such programs. The
next Closing the Gap Think Tank meeting will be held Monday, April 12, 2004 from 6-7:30 PM in the


A motion to approve item C-1 Vouchers Payable was made by Glunt and seconded by Cottler. The
motion carried 5-0-1 with Jayne abstaining due to conflict of interest.

       Checks #117208-117477                        $ 325,437.09
       Purchase Card                                     2,733.16
       February Payroll                              3,206,156.99
       Void Checks                                        (712.58)

       Grand Total                                 $3,533,614.66

A motion to approve Personnel items G-1, 3, 9 and 10 was made by Glunt and seconded by Cottler. The
motion carried 6-0.


Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, Dr. Joyce West presented the financial report for
the period ending February 29, 2004 with ending balances as follows:

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K.E.C.C.                                                                    $857,098.21
Debt Service
Kirkwood Self Funded                   $379,720.05

Dr. West responded to questions and comments from Board members.


Dr. Joyce West presented budget amendments for period 8, 2003-2004 for the Board’s consideration and
approval. The revenue amendments for period 8 total $1,073,898. The expenditure amendments total
$221,658.79. A motion was made by Stream and seconded by Harris to approve the amendments. Dr.
West addressed questions and comments from the Board. The motion carried 6-0.

HANDBOOK 2004-2005

The 2004-2005 parent handbook for the Kirkwood Early Childhood Center (KECC) was presented for
Board approval. A motion was made by Stream and seconded by Cottler to approve the KECC Parent
Handbook for 2004-2005. The motion carried 6-0.


It was determined that the World History course at Kirkwood High School could be accurately titled
World History and World Geography. A motion was made by Cottler and seconded by Stream to
change the name of the KHS World History course so that it reflects on transcripts as two semester
courses: World History and World Geography. The motion carried 6-0.


Stream made a motion to approve the grant application to the Missouri Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education titled “High Schools That Work.” The motion was seconded by Jayne and carried


Future meetings were noted:

Monday, April 5, 2004 – 7:30 PM – A.S.C. – Regular Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 – 8:00 AM – Westchester Staff Room – Board Coffee
Thursday, March 25, 2004 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School for Elementary Students
Friday, March 26, 2004 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School
Monday – Friday, March 29-April 2, 2004 – Spring Break – District Closed

A closed meeting was called and a roll call vote taken:

Bogetto                                                                           AYE
       Glunt                                                                      AYE
       Cottler                                                                    AYE
Harris                                                                            AYE
       Jayne                                                                      AYE
       Stream                                                                     AYE

A motion to adjourn the regular meeting was made by Stream, seconded by Jayne and carried 6-0.
President Bogetto adjourned the regular meeting at 9:32 PM.

Jane Bogetto, President
       Matt Cottler, Secretary


The Board of Education for the Kirkwood School District R-7 met in closed session to discuss personnel
matters on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 9:35 PM in the Superintendent’s office at 11289 Manchester
Road. The following members were present: President Bogetto, Vice President Glunt, Secretary Cottler
and Directors Harris, Jayne and Stream. Superintendent Damerall and Assistant Superintendents Ayres
and West were also in attendance. Director Clark was absent from the meeting.

Personnel issues were discussed.

A motion was made by Stream and seconded by Jayne to approve the adjustment of salaries for
tenured personnel.

A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 6-0.

Bogetto                                                                          AYE
       Glunt                                                                     AYE
       Cottler                                                                   AYE
Harris                                                                           AYE
       Jayne                                                                     AYE
       Stream                                                                    AYE

A motion was made by Stream and seconded by Harris to approve the permanent status and
adjust salaries for qualified personnel.
A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 6-0.

Bogetto                                                                          AYE
       Glunt                                                                     AYE
       Cottler                                                                   AYE
Harris                                                                           AYE
       Jayne                                                                     AYE
       Stream                                                                    AYE

A motion was made by Jayne and seconded by Harris to approve the adjustment of salaries for
non-tenured personnel.

A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 6-0.

Bogetto                                                                          AYE
       Glunt                                                                     AYE
       Cottler                                                                   AYE
Harris                                                                           AYE
       Jayne                                                                     AYE
       Stream                                                                    AYE

A motion was made by Glunt and seconded by Jayne to approve the adjustment of salaries for
part-time tenured personnel.

A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 6-0.

Bogetto                                                                          AYE
       Glunt                                                                     AYE
       Cottler                                                                   AYE
Harris                                                                           AYE
       Jayne                                                                     AYE
       Stream                                                                    AYE

A motion was made by Harris and seconded by Stream to approve the reappointment and
salaries for part-time probationary personnel.

A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 6-0.

Bogetto                                                                         AYE
       Glunt                                                                    AYE
       Cottler                                                                  AYE
Harris                                                                          AYE
       Jayne                                                                    AYE
       Stream                                                                   AYE

A motion was made by Stream and seconded by Harris to approve the recommendation not to
re-employ specific probationary employees for the 2004-2005 school year.

A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 6-0.

Bogetto                                                                         AYE
       Glunt                                                                    AYE
       Cottler                                                                  AYE
Harris                                                                          AYE
       Jayne                                                                    AYE
       Stream                                                                   AYE

A motion to adjourn the closed meeting was made by Stream and seconded by Harris. A roll vote was

Bogetto                                                                         AYE
       Glunt                                                                    AYE
       Cottler                                                                  AYE
Harris                                                                          AYE
       Jayne                                                                    AYE
       Stream                                                                   AYE

President Bogetto adjourned the closed meeting at 9:55 PM.

Jane Bogetto, President
       Matt Cottler, Secretary


April 5, 2004


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