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Technology Developments in Parkway - 6/01/07
Tom Swoboda
Tom Swoboda
Instructional Technology Coordinator

I would like to give you a brief update on technology developments in Parkway. As you may know, passage of a bond issue in 2004 gave Parkway's technology efforts a major boost by providing for 1,200 computers in schools each year to refresh outdated equipment. Proposition R is now allowing us to take the next step in maximizing the use of classroom technology through increased support and instruction for teachers.

Thanks to Prop R, eight Technology Integration Specialists (TIS) will be busy this summer preparing for the school year. The TIS's will focus on providing teachers with additional tools to more effectively address the individual needs, learning styles and achievement of their students. On any given day, you may see a TIS:
--working side-by-side with students and teachers;
--providing training and development for small groups of teachers;
--working on curriculum committees, the technology facilitation committee and school technology teams; and
--working collaboratively with library media specialists to provide the best resources available for our students and teachers.

I will have the honor of coordinating the efforts of our instructional technology team, which will be made up of six Parkway teachers--Amy Johnson, Drew McAllister, Christian Goodrich, Susan Petroff, Peter Larson, and Maried Swapp--and two additional individuals to be named this summer. Peggy Wald will remain as the elementary tech facilitator in support of curriculum coordinators and teachers.

We are all excited about these opportunities to advance the role of technology and instruction in Parkway, and continue to be grateful for what is making it possible--the passage of Prop R!

Tom Swoboda
Instructional Technology Coordinator


Preliminary Budget Up for Review on April 25 - 4/24/07
Wes Garton
Wes Garton
Chief Financial Officer

On Wednesday, the Board of Education will review and discuss the preliminary budget for 2007-08. The budget outlook is very promising, due largely to the passage of Prop R.

The proposed $201.3 million operating budget includes additional funding for Prop R initiatives including:

--$3.85 million to lower class size and support intervention programs, gifted, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and math and reading initiatives;
--$3 million for technology integration, textbooks and instructional equipment; and
--$650,000 for school operations.

In addition, $15 million from the 2004 bond issue will continue to provide for building improvements and technology replacements. This will be the fourth year of a five-year plan for completing projects funded by the $75 million bond issue.

The board meeting will take place at Central Middle School, 471 N. Woods Mill in Chesterfield, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Final budget adoption is scheduled for June 20.

Thanks for your support as we continue working “to reach and teach each student, all students, every day…together!

Mark Stockwell
Chief Financial Officer


New Social Studies Textbooks - 3/22/07
Liz Morrison
Liz Morrison
Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator

Thanks to the support of the Parkway community and the passage of Proposition R, students in eighth- and ninth-grade US History and students in all of Parkway's US Government classes will have new books and resources for the 2007-08 school year. On March 14, our board of education approved the purchase of more than 4,700 textbooks to support Parkway's social studies program.

Students will benefit from having books available online and on CDs. The web version of textbooks will keep students up-to-date since they can be revised every year. Go to http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/propR/sstexts.cfm to view the titles of the books.

The books were chosen using the Parkway School District textbook selection process. First, a team of teachers from each school reviewed the books for accuracy, layout, visual appeal, equity, technology connections, reading level, resources for students with special needs, etc. The top three books were then sent to the schools where all teachers had the opportunity to review the books. Finally, using the democratic process, the committees made the final selections.

The new books have an anticipated classroom life of five to six years at a total cost of approximately $358,000. They will replace books purchased between 1996 and 2000. In 2008 we will replace the seventh-grade world history books (purchased 2001) and several high school electives, including AP US History and Sociology.

It is so wonderful to have great resources for teaching and learning! Once again, thank you for your support!


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