455 N. Woods Mill Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone (314) 415-8100
September 02, 2005
Parkway Wins National Recycling AwardParkway is the only school district in the nation to win a national award for its outstanding K-12 recycling program. The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) presented the award to Parkway in August. Bill Guinther, Parkway’s resource conservation manager, credits the recycling efforts of students, teachers, staff and parents for this distinguished award. Parkway began its recycling program in 1990 at the suggestion of three fifth-grade students at Sorrento Springs. Since that time, Parkway has become a leader in energy conservation and recycling. The district’s recycling program currently includes the recovery of paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastics, ink jet cartridges, scrap metals and used cooking oil for biodiesel. In addition, Parkway maintains proper collection and handling of universal and hazardous wastes. Over the past school year, Parkway recycled commodities exceeding 1750 tons, generating $30,000 in revenue. Additionally, through other energy conservation measures, Parkway's estimated avoided utility costs for the 2004-05 fiscal year were $1,153,493.
Parkway is Major League Player in Opening of Miracle FieldChildren with disabilities from across the area now have a chance to play baseball, thanks to a new "Miracle Field”, which is the dream of former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny. The Miracle Field, specially designed so that children with disabilities can play baseball alongside their friends who are not disabled, opened at the Chesterfield Athletic Association complex on Friday, Aug. 19. Matheny worked hard to make it happen. Parkway turned out in force for the opening ceremonies. On hand were Superintendent Bob Malito, Board President Michael Beasley, the South High marching band, 50 Parkway high school students who helped their "peer buddies" from River Bend Elementary field and hit balls, and North High alum Steve Savard, who hosted the dedication and provided play-by-play of the days' baseball action. Kathy Muehlrath from the Parkway Special Services Department worked tirelessly organizing the festivities, partnering with the city of Chesterfield and many Parkway parents from the beginning to make sure opening day was a success.
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Parkway “Rolls Back” Tax Rate for 2005Parkway residents will see the largest reduction in the residential property tax rate in 18 years. The board of education approved a reduction of 15.68 cents in its residential property tax rate at its August 24 meeting. The reduction, often called a “rollback,” comes as a result of rising property values in the district combined with a state law (Hancock Amendment). Hancock requires that taxing bodies do not receive any more than an inflation-level revenue increase when property values rise due to reassessment. The current residential tax rate of $3.6102 will be lowered to $3.4534 for each $100 of assessed value in the district. Parkway’s 2005 residential tax rate remains one of the lowest in St. Louis County and is $1.04 below the 2004-05 county average of $4.49. For more information about the Parkway Board of Education and its meetings and policies, visit the web site at http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/boe/boe.cfm.
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