St. Louis Public Schools

SLPS budget
10:49 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Crowd expresses some unease with SLPS budget

St. Louis Public Schools superintendent Kelvin Adams listens as SLPS parents Maxine Johnson outlines her concerns with the 2011-2012 spending plan.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A respectful crowd of 85 parents and district activists filled seats at Vashon High School Monday night seeking some clarity on the 2011-2012 budget for the St. Louis Public Schools.

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SLPS audit
3:00 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

SLPS subpoenaed over attendance numbers

Mo. auditor Tom Schweich has activated his rapid response team to investigate allegations that the St. Louis Public Schools falsified attendance records.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 9:20 a.m. May 3:

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has listed the specific school involved in the allegations as Patrick Henry Downtown Academy.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. May 2 with a statement from the St. Louis Public Schools

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SLPS budget
10:01 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Adams unveils budget for St. Louis Public Schools

Under a budget plan unveiled last night by St. Louis Public Schools superintendent Kelvin Adams, historic Sumner High School may become a charter in the 2012 school year.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Three schools would be closed, and several others would undergo vast transformations, under a $273 million dollar budget proposal  unveiled last night by St. Louis Public Schools superintendent Kelvin Adams.

The proposed spending plan also marks a shift in budgeting philosophy for the district. Money in the past has been distributed to schools based on the number of people that work in the building.

Starting next year, the money would be allocated as a grant to schools based on several factors, including the percentage of special education and low-income students, average daily attendance, and whether the school is a magnet/choice school. Within reason - for example, they'll still have to meet state class size limits - principals will be able to set their own staffing plan.

"The whole challenge for a principal is to have ownership, and have control of the resources," said Adams, a former principal. "If I decide I want to have a larger third grade class - I have a great, dynamic third grade teacher, I'll put that teacher in that classroom," Adams said.  "But I may have a smaller fourth grade class because maybe things aren't working as well in my fourth grade group."

More details are after the break.

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SLPS budget
9:48 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Adams seeks more detail before presenting SLPS budget

St. Louis Public Schools teacher Alice Lee speaks against possible layoffs of her and other library media specialists in the district. Superintendent Kelvin Adams delayed presenting the budget to have more discussion with the teacher's union.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Saying the process of collaboration is not what it should have been, St. Louis Public Schools superintendent Kelvin Adams delayed tonight  presenting his budget for the 2011-2012 school year.

The budget is likely to include layoffs and the closure of as many as three schools. Letters have already gone out to the parents at Bunche and Stevens middle schools, and Kottmeyer Big Picture High School, and library and media specialists from the district were out in force to protest the possibility that some of them may lose their jobs.

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SLPS parent forum
10:28 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Low turnout at forum on changes to the SLPS

Most of the crowd at Roosevelt High School listening to Dr. Kelvin Adams discuss his ideas for the St. Louis Public Schools were with the district.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

To say that turnout last night at the St. Louis Public Schools' parent forum on possible major changes to district policy for next year was low would be an understatement.

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St. Louis Public Schools
11:40 am
Tue February 22, 2011

St. Louis Public Schools superintendent Adams agrees to contract extension

Superintendent of the St. Louis Public School District Kelvin Adams. (via St. Louis Public School District)
(via St. Louis Public Schools)

The St. Louis Public School District won't see a change in its superintendent for the next three years.

The Special Administrative Board of the St. Louis Public School District announced this morning that Kelvin Adams, its current superintendent, has agreed to a three-year contract extension.

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Snow days
4:39 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Snow days pile up for local schools

comedy nose | Flickr

It's been an above-average winter for snowfall in St. Louis, and that's wreaking havoc with the schedules for area school districts.

By state law, Missouri students have to be in class for at least 174 days and 1,044 hours. Most districts build a few extra classroom days into the schedule in order to be able to call school in case of bad weather.

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Morning News Round-up
9:53 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Morning headlines: STL Public Schools $150 million renovations begin in May, number of state workers on Medicaid declines, Enterprise Rent-A-Car announces sustainability effort

The St. Louis-based company Enterprise Rent-a-Car announced its Enterprise Sustainable Construction Protocol yesterday. This is a photo of one of their many nationwide offices. (via Flickr/The Consumerist)
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Education
6:04 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

St. Louis Public Schools to adopt more inclusive policy for charter schools

(via Flickr/alkruse24)

The St. Louis Public School District is adopting a more inclusive policy for charter schools.

Historically, the district has accused charters of siphoning away students and resources.

St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams says the time has to be more proactive in regard to charters.

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Cass Tech High School
9:11 am
Thu January 13, 2011

St. Louis developer interested in iconic Detroit school

A classroom in the old Cass Tech building (BuildingsofDetroit.com)

If you were listening to NPR's Morning Edition around 6:30 a.m. or again around 8:30 a.m., you might have heard a familiar name - developer Richard Baron, of McCormack Baron Salazar.

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