• Press Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        Contact: Patrick Wallace

    October 24, 2017                                                                                                                      

    Community Invited to Discuss Future of SLPS Governance

    ST. LOUIS, MO. October 24, 2017 – The Saint Louis Public School District is hosting a series of community engagement sessions to gather public input prior to the Special Administrative Board (SAB) making a recommendation to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regarding the future governance of the District. Each meeting will feature an expert presenter to discuss different types of governing structures being utilized by public school districts around the country.

    Mr. Richard K. Gaines of the Special Administrative Board will serve as chairman of the committee.  The public meetings will be facilitated by Vector Communications.  Community members will have an opportunity to attend the meetings, watch via live-streaming, and read transcripts of the meetings on the District’s website. 

    “The Special Administrative Board has faithfully served the Saint Louis Public School District for 10 years and the time has come to transition to the next governing body,” said Gaines.  “As required by law, our final responsibility as members of the SAB is to make a recommendation to DESE regarding the future governance of the District.  In order to do so, we want to engage our stakeholders in the process.”

    “At these community meetings, experts in the various forms of governance will make presentations, followed by open discussion and public comments regarding the pros and cons of each form of governance.  These meeting will give our community members an unprecedented opportunity to have a voice in the future of the District’s oversight.  Following the public engagement meetings, the SAB will review all data gathered and make a recommendation to DESE,” added Gaines.

     The public engagement meetings will be held on the following dates:

    Monday, November  6
    6:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m.
    Vashon High School
    3035 Cass Avenue

    Topic:  Elected Board Governance

    Thursday, November 9 
    6:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m.Central VPA High School
    3125 S. Kingshighway

    Topic:  Appointed Board Governance

    Monday, November 13
    6:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m.
    Northwest Law Academy
    5140 Riverview Blvd.

    Topic: Hybrid Board Governance

    Community members wishing to share their comments via telephone, may do so by calling (314) 345-7577.


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