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September 01, 2007

2007-08 Class Sizes Popular with Parents, Teachers

Thanks to the passage of Proposition R in November 2006, the majority of Parkway’s elementary classrooms have fewer students this year. Teachers and parents alike are observing the difference.*****
 
One example was highlighted recently in a news story on KPLR-TV (WB11). In the news report, Green Trails Elementary parents Laurie Berwald and Karen Savan talked about their second- and third-graders who last year had 24 children in their classes, and this year have 18 or 19. 
 
Debbie Sachs, Green Trails Elementary first-grade teacher with 25 years of teaching experience, commented, “You can just tell a difference in the climate. The kids feel like they have more space.” Most importantly, she says it means more personal attention and a better ability to meet each student’s needs.
 
For more detailed information about actual class sizes and comparisons to 2006-07, watch for an R News update by e-mail soon. If you’d like to subscribe to the Prop R News network, go to www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/propR and scroll down to check the box “Prop R Network.”

Parkway Rolls Back Tax Rate 57 Cents; Prop R Initiatives Still Fully Funded

On August 29, the Parkway Board of Education approved a 57-cent voluntary roll back of its 2007 residential tax rate—to $3.23.*****

“We know this is the right thing to do for our community,” said Dee Mogerman, board president. “Without a voluntary roll back, Parkway residents would face a 32 percent tax increase this year.
           

Mogerman is referring to the fact that property assessments have increased dramatically this year. The average Parkway home’s market value increased by 18 percent, according to St. Louis County data.Typically, the district is required by law to roll its operating tax rate back to keep revenues equal to the inflation rate during reassessment years. Because Parkway voters approved Prop R, the district was not required to roll back its tax rate and could have levied a rate of up to $3.80.

 With the reduced residential rate, the average homeowner’s property taxes will increase by 11.94 percent or $159 per year. This is consistent with what Prop R requested of voters last fall, and significantly less than the $422 in new taxes residents would have paid without the roll back.

Because of Parkway’s new record assessed value, the lower tax rate will still generate the funds approved by Prop R. It will guarantee smaller class sizes, newer textbooks and instructional equipment, more technology in the classrooms and a heightened emphasis on basic reading and math skills.

For more information, visit Parkway’s Web site at: www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/rollback where there are links to: a fact sheet and news release; the board presentation made by CFO Wes Garton; and an online calculator to estimate 2007 property taxes.
 

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High School Students Encouraged: Become an Involved Citizen!

 Wednesday, Sept. 5 is right around the corner! All are invited—Parkway high school students, staff, parents, community—to Parkway’s first ever student-led Legislative Forum to be held at 7 p.m. at Central High School, 369 N. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield. ***** 

Doors open at 6 p.m. for voting equipment demonstrations, voter registration and student club-sharing. A panel discussion, moderated by Josh Travis, South High senior and Governor of Missouri American Legion Boys State, will begin at 7 p.m. The panel will include Missouri legislators Senator Joan Bray; Senator Michael Gibbons; Representative Rick Stream; and Representative Sam Page. The panel will be followed by round-table discussions to include all of our attending state and local elected officials.
 
Join us as Parkway and Kids Voting Missouri promote the importance of being an involved and active citizen in a democratic society. Students may earn hours for government class community service. For more information, call (314) 415-8069.

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Emergency Preparedness in Parkway; Tips for Parents

The Parkway School District is committed to providing a safe environment for students, staff and visitors. We work closely with local safety officials, including police, fire, emergency medical services and public health, to ensure our schools are well prepared for an emergency.*****

To that end, we continue to evaluate our emergency preparedness plans to ensure appropriate procedures are in place so students and staff know how to respond to various situations. Each school has key staff members with assigned roles and responsibilities to perform during an emergency.
 
In addition, every school conducts emergency drills throughout the year so that students and staff are aware of the most effective and safe emergency responses. We work hard to ensure students treat each drill as though it were the real thing, and we are very proud of their performance during these drills.
 
Fire, earthquake and tornado drills have been a long-standing expectation in Parkway. This year, all Parkway schools must also have procedures in place when a situation presents itself requiring students to be in a secure location within the school. This is commonly referred to as a “lockdown” procedure. This procedure might be used in a variety of circumstances such as a medical situation where hallways need to be kept clear, a fire in the immediate neighborhood, or an unknown person in the school. It is important to practice these kinds of drills so that if there were ever a need to go into the lockdown mode, it would happen quickly and efficiently to ensure our students’ safety.
 
Parents can help prepare for emergencies by following a few simple steps:
  1. Provide accurate contact information to your child’s school, including alternate phone numbers for you and family/friends you have arranged as your backup. Notify the school promptly if this information changes.
  2. Remind your children that schools are safe places and talk with them about the importance of remaining calm and following instructions during an emergency.
  3. Know how to get accurate information during an emergency:
    1. Listen for automated phone messages through the district’s AlertNow emergency parent notification system;
    2. Watch for automated emergency e-mail messages;
    3. Visit www.pkwy.k12.mo.us or your school’s Web site;
    4. Tune in to local media outlets for information; and
    5. Do not listen to rumors.Call Parkway’s safety hotline at (314) 415-SAFE to report suspicious behavior or other safety-related information to district officials.
  4. Be patient if we are unable to respond to you as completely or quickly as you would wish. Our first priority is your child and the other children in school.

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