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Avery School is among the overcrowded elementary schools in Webster Groves. The district is seeking voter approval to take out a $22 million bond for facility renovations.
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School districts in west and south St. Louis County are seeking voter approval to make significant facility upgrades that officials say will ease overcrowding and improve security.

There are four districts with funding propositions on the April 2 municipal election ballot. Lindbergh, Webster Groves and Bayless are all proposing no-tax-rate-increase bonds. Clayton is asking voters to approve a 56 cent property-tax increase.

Ritenour teacher Deepa Jaswal helps her high school students at the district's International Welcome Center, which is for English-language learners, mark the regions of the United States on a map.
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When nearly half the students in a school can’t speak English, every teacher becomes a language instructor to some extent.

Recognizing that reality, federal grants will help Missouri public school districts and local universities to train more teachers to be help those students in the classroom.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 11, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Staffers and students at Bayless High School will get an opportunity next week to teach the White House a thing or two about energy efficiency.

Nancy Sutley, the principal environmental adviser to President Barack Obama, is scheduled to visit Bayless on Monday to learn how the south St. Louis County school has used energy-efficient technology to lower its heating and cooling bills.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 3, 2009 - Bayless and Affton school districts were nearly caught off guard years ago when a wave of immigrants from Bosnia began moving in and enrolling their children.

The experience turned out to be a good lesson in geography, religion, culture and tolerance for the districts and surrounding communities -- so much so that some residents even enrolled in a free course to learn more about the history of Bosnia.