Monday, March 4, 2013
Following last week’s State Auditor report of what was called mismanagement within the Rockwood School District by some residents, a watchdog coalition group says more changes are needed in the district's leadership.
Public trust in the Rockwood School District superintendent and Board of Education continues to plummet—as do the chances of passage for the upcoming April bond issue “Proposition S”—indicates Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions (RS for RS). The watchdog coalition is a non-partisan group of taxpaying Rockwood citizens. RS for RS issued a Monday morning press release, calling for most of the district's leaders to step down. However, Rockwood's Board Director Steve Smith already resigned Sunday, per the breaking news from Patch: Resignation Comes from Rockwood Board of Education Director Steve Smith Update to article at 8:51 a.m.: RS for RS co-founder Eileen Tyrrell tells Patch they called all Rockwood board members and Superintendent …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions reps pose questions to Rockwood School District board candidates regarding staff, educational needs, accountability, transparency and fiscal support as well as community needs and issues.
Rockwood School District's four board candidates—Janet Strate, Steve Banton, Loralee Mondl and Jeffrey Morrell—recently received four, key questions from Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions, a patron's advocacy group. RS for RS co-founder Eileen Tyrrell said candidates were asked to limit their answers to 100 words or less, and to submit them no later than Feb. 25. The questions from RS for RS are: From March 16-24, the candidates and their responses are planned to be featured on the front page of the RS for RS website.
Friday, December 7, 2012
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions members encourage people to consider running for the two Board of Education seats that will be available in the April 2 election.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Dear Rockwood Stakeholders: The community of the Rockwood School District is in desperate need of strong, decisive leadership on its Board of Education. In 2007, the Rockwood School Board began discussing unsustainable budget shortfalls for 2013 and beyond. Here it is the end of 2012 and there is no real vision or direction for the future; except more taxes. Click here to view the pictures that represent the potential future of Rockwood. The claim (from Rockwood administrators and board of education directors) to have already cut a total of $22 million over five years is questionable. If you are a strong, decisive leader, or know someone who is, applications for a position on the Rockwood School Board are being accepted beginning Dec. 11 …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions says Rockwood School District administrators and Board of Education are "simply a strong-willed bureaucracy that doesn’t like change."
“Rockwood District officials clearly do not accept the fact that, at some level or another, RS for RS is a fair representation of the 46% of stakeholders who voted against the tax increase ballot measure this pass April. As a result, they do not value the input and representatives of Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions”. RS for RS Advisory Board – September 1, 2012 Sorry, folks, we tried and, they are not listening. We have brought to the forefront your concerns. We have educated and informed you on issues and decisions facing your district that are otherwise not detailed within the district’s communication apparatus. In turn, you came to your own decision and spoke at the ballot box in April and, they didn’t hear you. We have …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
When Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions members confirmed the Rockwood School District would be audited by state officials, they viewed it as a sign their efforts as concerned citizens had been successful...and they issued a press release.
There was never a "leak" to the press about the Rockwood School District audit, said Rockwood Stakeholder for Real Solutions (RS for RS) co-founder Eileen Tyrrell, after Thursday night's comments made at the Rockwood School District Board of Education meeting. She said an RS for RS representative called the Missouri State Auditor's Office at the end of January to inquire if the Rockwood district had made the 2012 audit list. "The answer was yes," she emailed Patch Friday morning. "We, in turn, put out a press release! The Auditors' Office DID NOT leak it to the press. "RS for RS 'informed' the press." RS for RS members describe themselves as "a non-partisan group of taxpaying Rockwood citizens who recognize the recent negative events which…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
On Saturday, Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions hosted its first in a series of three candidate forums. Another forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of St. Louis occurs tonight (March 6).
Three of the four Rockwood School District board of education candidates attended Saturday's candidates' forum hosted by the Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions at The Pointe in Ballwin. William "Bill" Brown of Eureka and both candidates from Chesterfield—Sherri Rogers and Jennifer Kelly—answered questions that came from the approximately 40 attendees. A fifth candidate this year, incumbent Geoff Rigabar, withdrew from the race in January. Former state representative and budget Committee Chair, Allen Icet of Wildwood chaired the forum. Icet is a former director and past president of the Rockwood board. RS for RS co-founder Eileen Tyrrell said questions came from the audience or were submitted prior to the start of the forum. Each …