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July 03, 2006

Fixing Our Schools

This summer, thanks to the 2004 bond issue, hundreds of maintenance projects will be performed at many Parkway schools - and completed just in time for the first day of school on August 17. Summer is the perfect time to work on large projects, as well as regular maintenance, because the students are gone and the parking lots are empty. While some schools will remain fairly unaffected, others will receive major facelifts. All summer projects are funded through the 2004 bond issue. From the bond issue, $67.5 million dollars was allocated for maintenance and repair. By the end of summer 2006, approximately $42 million will have been spent on projects thus far. (By law, bond issue revenues cannot be used for anything other than capital improvement projects.) To view the list of summer projects, visit the Parkway web site at: http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/bondissue/index.cfm

2006-07 Budget Approved with $2 Million Shortfall

The Parkway Board of Education unanimously approved the district's $186 million proposed budget for the 2006-07 fiscal year at its June 21 meeting. With inflation expected to run between 3 and 3.75 percent next year and in spite of continuing cost containment measures, overall operating costs are expected to exceed revenues by approximately $2 million. The district has cut more than $18 million from the annual budget since 2002. In 2006-07, operating revenues (excluding debt service, student activities and bond funds) are projected to increase to $184.09 million (+1.44 percent) while operating expenditures will increase to $186.09 million (+1.3 percent). Over the past five years, revenues have increased approximately 1.25 percent annually as compared to an inflation rate of 2.73 percent. Revenues from the 2004 bond issue continue to fund facility and technology capital replacement needs. This is the fifth time over the past seven years in which revenues have fallen short of expenditures, requiring the district to use its operating cash account to cover the difference. Parkway is requesting a 37-cent tax increase on the November 7 ballot, part of which is designated to prevent future spending deficits caused by inflation, declining VST enrollment and frozen state funding. The new budget is also posted on the Parkway web site at: http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/finance/index.cfm Tax proposal information can be found at http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/taxplan
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Parkway Names Interim Assistant Superintendent

The Parkway Board of Education recently named William Myer as interim assistant superintendent of secondary education, effective July 1, 2006. As assistant superintendent, Myer will have responsibility for secondary schools (grades 6-12), program evaluation, activities and athletics, calendar development, discipline, pupil personnel and the Voluntary Student Transfer program. Currently the principal of Parkway Central High, Myer replaces assistant superintendent of high schools Cynthia Jaskowiak, who retired from the district. Tim Gannon, currently assistant principal at Central High, will serve as the school's interim principal for the 2006-07 school year. "The Board looks forward to working with Mr. Myer in his new role," says Parkway Board of Education President Monty Montgomery. "We are confident that under his leadership, Parkway will continue its commitment to excellence and achievement for all our students." Myer began his career in 1971 as a social studies teacher at Parkway West High. In 1983, he became an assistant principal at Central Junior High and then principal from 1987-1989. He became principal of Central High in 1989. Gannon began his career in 1976 as a social studies teacher at Parkway Central High. In 1988, he became an assistant principal.
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Parkway Recycling Program Brings In Extra Cash

Between paper, aluminum cans, metal, cardboard, plastic and lead acid batteries, the Parkway School District recycled over 1,600 tons from April of 2005 to April of 2006. Dropping those items into the recycling bin instead of the trash bin generated over $34,000 in revenue for the district this year. Since 2001, the recycling program has brought in over $126,000. Close to 90 percent of the recycled material this year was paper. Craig elementary topped the list for most recycled paper with 127 tons. Craig was closely followed by Oak Brook Elementary with 118 tons, Barretts Elementary with 104 tons, Ross Elementary with 94 tons, and North High with 93 tons. This is the sixth consecutive year that North High and Craig have been in the top five for most recycled paper in their group. Two Parkway schools will also receive checks for placing in the 2006 Great Paper Drive Recycling Contest put on by the Abitibi Paper Retriever Program. In the single bin category, Northeast Middle will receive $500 for finishing first by collecting 19 tons of newspapers, magazines, office and school papers, catalogues and mail during the months of March and April. Ross Elementary finished second in the same category and will receive $300. Additionally, the Parkway recycling program was recognized for being selected as the Missouri Waste Control Coalitions Outstanding Achievement Award winner in the education category.
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