Watch the Community Presentations
We had hoped to host in-person community engagements opportunities in the spring and fall of 2020. However, this clearly became impossible with the onset of the pandemic.
In October, once the district had begun to transfer our youngest students back to in-person learning, we scheduled a series of three Virtual Community Engagement opportunities to which our entire Ladue Schools community was invited. We also invited the parents and staff of Old Bonhomme Elementary School, Spoede Elementary School and Ladue Middle School to their own separate virtual meetings which concentrated more on the issues and solutions for their schools.
These presentations are now available to view here! They are divided into sections, so you can select the portions that interest you most.
Introduction: (9:06) Superintendent Dr. Jim Wipke shares why the district is pursuing improvements at the four K-4 elementary schools and how these projects have been approached. Dr. Wipke also provides an overview of the less extensive improvements needed at Conway and Reed Elementary Schools.
The Process for Identifying Potential Solutions: (4:51) Perkins and Will is one of the architectural firms hired by the district to assist in finding design solutions to the issues identified at Old Bonhomme Elementary, Spoede Elementary and Ladue Middle School. In this section, Steve Turckes of Perkins and Will explains how this process began by gathering together those who use these buildings the most.
Design Concepts: In the next three sections, the architects walk you through the three most extensive projects and the designs that have been developed to address space, safety, and sustainability issues in each of these schools.
- Old Bonhomme Elementary School (12:45) – presented by Dennis Young of Ittner Architects
- Spoede Elementary School (17:02) – presented by Steve Turckes of Perkins and Will
- Ladue Middle School (18:14) – presented by Steve Turckes of Perkins and Will
Project Costs: (4:58) Dr. Wipke wraps up the presentation by reviewing the estimated costs of these projects, how moving forward with some or all of them could impact taxpayers and what the next steps will be in the decision-making process.
Please Note: These presentations were followed by breakout sessions in which participants had the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. The most frequently asked questions from these discussions are in the process of being posted to the Frequently Asked Questions section of this website.
More Opportunities Ahead
Should the surveys indicate our community is supportive of the Ladue School District pursuing a bond referendum in April 2021, we hope to be able to safely schedule in-person events leading up to the vote. In the meantime, we will continue to update this website as we get more feedback from our community.
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