Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Former board member Andrew Stewart will fill the spot left vacant by Heidi Meckes after she resigned for personal reasons last month.
The Kirkwood School District Board of Education selected Andrew Stewart as an interim board member to fill the vacancy left by Heidi Meckes after she resigned for personal reasons last month. Stewart, who had previously served on the board 2009-2012, was sworn in immediately after appointment. Stewart will serve the remainder of Meckes's term that expires in 2014. Board President Dr. Scott Stream said a total of 10 applicants initially came forward, which was then reduced to nine. The board voted 5-1 for Stewart's appointment. "I think it's very important, particularly with the turnover that is coming, to have somebody who has experience in our district," said Board Director Angie Bay at the meeting Monday. Bay's term as well as Board …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Ten candidates have expressed interest in filling the unexpired term of Heidi Meckes, who resigned for personal reasons.
The Kirkwood Board of Education has decided not to winnow down the field of candidates who have come forward with interest in completing the one year unexpired term of Heidi Meckes, who announced her resignation. Instead, 10 people who submitted resumes and letters of interest will be interviewed by the board in roughly 10 minute increments, beginning March 4 at 5 p.m. The candidates, in no particular order: Board members will elect a replacement on March 11 who will be sworn in immediately.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Preschool parents will be watching to see how and when the district will implement tuition-free full-day kindergarten.
Annelise Knuckles will be ready for kindergarten next year; the only question is what it will cost her parents. Her parents feel strongly that Annelise would benefit from full-day kindergarten, but as it stands now in Kirkwood, that would cost them $3,600. “I feel that full-day kindergarten is important for children to set the groundwork for school,” said her mom, Jennifer Knuckles of Glendale. “I just want it to be available for everyone. People shouldn’t have to choose based on price.” While all but a handful of districts in the state have moved to free full-day kindergarten, the Kirkwood School District still charges tuition for full-day kindergarten while offering half-day kindergarten for free. The issue is on the agenda tonight at a …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
School board member Heidi Meckes tells parents tuition-free, full-day kindergarten is the goal.
- Lori Rose
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Kirkwood School Board is committed to offering free full-day kindergarten to all district children, but the timetable for that has not been set. That’s the message school board member Heidi Meckes brought to the Kirkwood Early Childhood Center PTO meeting on Wednesday night. “We are committed to this. It’s just a matter of how we can get this done and when,” Meckes said. Currently, the Kirkwood School District offers free half-day kindergarten and tuition-based, full-day kindergarten. But Meckes said research showed students who attended full-day kindergarten were better prepared academically. She said the curriculum for both full and half-day kindergarten was the same, but it was more difficult to cover the material for half-day …
Thursday, June 16, 2011
New construction and renovations are result of a $33 million bond issue voters passed in November.
Improvements and building projects approved by voters last fall are under way at several Kirkwood schools. Demolition of the north wing of Keysor Elementary began Wednesday as workers make way for new classrooms to accommodate all of the school’s kindergarteners. Other improvements, including a new gym, an expanded and remodeled cafeteria, and a new entrance and office area, are to follow. At Robinson and North Glendale elementary schools, similar updates have begun. The improvements are intended to make it so all students can attend kindergarten in their home attendance areas by the fall of 2012. In past years, North Glendale, Robinson and Keysor did not have the capacity to serve all of their kindergarten students. Some had to go to …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Other business at Monday's meeting of the Kirkwood School Board included middle school renovations and approval of a Chinese teacher.
The Kirkwood Board of Education swore in two new members Monday evening, along with Scott Stream who begins his third term on the board. Heidi Meckes and E.J. Miller took their seats on the board, as Matt Cottler and Ruth Jayne took their leave. "My children have left for college, and I'm ready to pass the baton to someone more vested in this district," Jayne said in her farewell speech. "The voters have made a wise choice. I can step back into my life knowing that Kirkwood is in great hands." The board elected Scott Stream as president, Angie Bay as vice president and Andy Stewart as secretary. It also voted in Mike Romay as the treasurer and McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer as the district's legal firm. After the reorganization, the board …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Voters elected E.J. Miller, Heidi Meckes and Scott Stream to serve on the Kirkwood Board of Education.
The Kirkwood School District Board of Education has gained two new members, Heidi Meckes and E.J. Miller, following Tuesday's elections. Among the four contenders vying for three open seats on the board, Meckes gained the most favor with voters by capturing 29.26 percent of the votes. Voters elected incumbent and current board president Scott Stream to serve a third three-year term on the board, while Steve Hazan just barely fell short of capturing the needed votes to make it past Miller for a spot on the board. Miller secured 2,895 votes compared to Hazan's 2,844 votes. "It was certainly a nail biter," said Miller, who works as a corporate and business lawyer. "I was pleased and heartened by the results, and I'm excited to jump in and get…
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Kirkwood Board of Education candidate Heidi Meckes responds to several questions from Kirkwood-Webster Groves Patch.
Editor's note:Kirkwood-Webster Groves Patch sent the following questions to each of the four candidates for the Kirkwood School District Board of Education. In the past week, we have profiled E.J. Miller, Scott Stream and Steve Hazan. Candidates are running for three open spots on the school board. Board members serve three-year overlapping terms with two or three members elected each year. The election is April 5. Please provide a brief description of your educational and professional background. Attended Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL; Graduated 1982 from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Accounting and B.A. in Economics. I have over 25 years of financial experience as a certified public accountant. My last full time professional …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
An hourlong Q&A allowed Kirkwood School Board candidates to weigh in on district issues before voters cast their ballots April 5.
Four candidates vying for three open seats on the Kirkwood School Board responded to questions from residents about a variety of district policies at a public forum Monday night. Candidates Board President Scott Stream, Kirkwood School District Foundation member E.J. Miller, Treasurer of Kirkwood Public Library Board of Trustees Steve Hazan, and chair of the District Revenue Committee Heidi Meckes were given one minute to respond to questions submitted before the meeting by some of the more than 75 residents who filled the district's central office administration building conference room. Each candidate had two minutes for opening and two minutes for closing remarks. While Stream, the only incumbent, stressed the importance of his …