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June 01, 2006

Parkway Lunch Prices to Increase for 2006-2007 School Year

Parkway meal prices will increase in the 2006-2007 school year to offset rising costs. Adjustments are needed to assure adequate funds for the purchase of food, supplies, equipment and staffing. Prices were last increased in the fall of 2004. The Parkway Food Services Department is totally self-supporting and receives no district funds, so it must recoup the cost of inflation to keep up with rising costs. In addition, the districtwide nutrition initiative to offer more nutritious food choices has caused a loss of revenue because highly popular snack and drink items are no longer offered. More healthful foods now offered are considerably more expensive. The price changes from 2005-2006 to 2006-2007 are as follows: Breakfast Student - $1.25 to $1.50 Adult - $1.50 to $1.75 Lunch Student - $2.00 to $2.25 Adult - $2.25 to $2.50 Milk/Juice - $.45 to $.50

Current Reality Committee Concludes Tax Increase Needed

On behalf of the nearly 150 members of the Current Reality Committee that studied Parkway's financial and other challenges from January through May, Parkway parents Jenny Hosch and Jo Ann Miles presented a final report and set of six conclusions to the Board on May 24, 2006. The conclusions had the strong agreement of the vast majority of more than 1,000 people who attended a public forum and school meetings in April and May to hear about Parkway's "Current Reality." The conclusions emphasized areas of priority that Parkway must address in educating all students; recognized the strain that the current revenue shortages have placed on the district's ability to maintain its reputation for excellence; and stressed the need to inform the community of the financial and other current educational challenges the district is facing. Miles ended with the committee's final conclusion that "Parkway's financial situation threatens the quality of our children's education and a moderate tax increase is the most viable solution." She said, "All the cost containment measures in the world simply cannot fix Parkway's financial situation without negatively and dramatically affecting the quality of our children's education, and we as parents find that simply unacceptable." However, she cautioned, "Parkway must continue to contain costs, operate efficiently and strengthen its financial position while maintaining a commitment to areas that directly impact teaching and learning." In addition, "Parkway needs to present a plan, including costs and timelines, for accomplishing its financial and instructional goals, including the benefits for students if additional revenues are provided, and the cuts that would likely have to be made if additional revenue is not forthcoming." To view the report in its entirety, go the Current Reality page on the Parkway web site at
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Summer Reading Lists Available Online

Summer provides many opportunities for parents and young children to enjoy unforgettable books together. Before entering each grade, a Parkway student should read or hear at least three of the books listed for that grade. To view your child's school and grade level reading list, visit the Parkway web site by clicking on the following link. You can also find a variety of valuable online resources on this site such newspaper and magazine archives, award winning books and encyclopedias.
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Fifteen Parkway Students Selected to Participate in STARS Research Program

This summer, fifteen Parkway students will have the chance to shine in the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program. The STARS program pairs students and teachers with research mentors from UMSL, Saint Louis University, Washington University, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the Missouri Institute of Mental Health. For six weeks, biologists, chemists, computer scientists, engineers, medical researchers, physicists and psychologists from the five institutions take student apprentices under their wings in their laboratories, sharing their expertise as they direct the students in research projects. This year's STARS program, "Experiencing the Scientific Enterprise," will be held June 12-July 21 at UMSL. Besides conducting research and presenting papers, students tour scientific enterprises in St. Louis, take part in career workshops and attend lectures by leading scientists from the St. Louis community. The Parkway students chosen to participate are: Hang Gao, Central High; Sam Fok, Eugene Khariton, Nilu Rath, Amit Shintre, and Albert Zheng, North High; Yusuf Ahmad, Jessicah Hard, Sakshi Mathur, Divya Sivakumar, Pengcheng Wang, and Jing Xue, South High; Melony Chakrabarty, Haoran Li, and Frank Xing, West High.
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