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Hazelwood District Mom Says She Knows Why Superintendent Was Replaced

Local Voices blogger Jeannine, a district parent, shares her experiences with Steve Price and the district. Other district parents also chime in.

As parents in the are left wondering why last week,

When she had concerns with her son’s elementary school, , whose son has a neurological disorder, said she went straight to Price for help, as well as the school board and assistant superintendents.

“None of them returned calls to address concerns, made changes, or got involved to see if indeed things were as bad as I said. It was,” she writes in her recent post. “The U.S. Department of Civil Rights helped me get their attention.”

Plus, find out about JordansAdvocate.com, the advocacy program and website she started in her son’s name.

Social Media Conversations

Jeannine isn’t the only district parent who has voiced opinions on this potentially controversial topic. On Hazelwood Patch’s Facebook page, several parents chimed in.

“Why the sudden change?” posted Matt Thompson. “As a parent in the district, I’m very interested.”

Laurie Tenshler agreed, noting that “they don’t just do stuff like that for no reason.”

Tina Schreck posted that she, too, was curious as to why price had been replaced.

“At least they made a decent choice for replacements,” Shreck added.

Add your voice to the conversation. How do you feel about the sudden replacement of Steve Price last week? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below.

Angela Atkinson September 06, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Thank you for this, Stacey! I think that while Mr. Behlmann may have been a bit overwhelmed with the PR-storm that hit the district after Mr. Price was replaced, he truly has the best interest of our kids at heart and wants the best for all involved. And to Mr. Behlmann, I'd like to echo Stacey's sentiments--thank you for communicating with us and helping us to understand where the board stands, and for listening and responding to everyone's concerns.
Angela Atkinson September 06, 2012 at 12:10 PM
So glad to hear that this forum is working the way we intended, and I totally hear what you're saying about parents. I truly believe that our kids get a BETTER education, regardless of which district or school they attend, when parents get and stay involved in their day-to-day educational process. You're right, it's not fair to the kids when parents don't stay involved. And that's why, in part, I hope Mr. Behlmann will work with us on either a blog or an article series about parent responsibilities in educating their kids. Thanks again for getting involved in the discussion. :)
Mom21ofeach September 06, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I will stick with HSD until that is no longer and option. I appreciate that Mr Behlmann is addressing our concerns on the Patch. I do appreciate the hard work that the school board does for our kids. I agree that things need to change to make the district what it once was, and I am hoping that breathing new life into the new Super will do the trick.
Angela Atkinson September 07, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I'm with you all the way, Momof21each!
Joel Kabak October 16, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this thread. We are now 4 years in this district, and while I do not take the time to attend meetings, I do take my children's education very seriously. I am in constant contact with my daughters teachers at NWMS and have so far, been satisfied with what I see going on. On a slightly different note, I completely disagree that the standards that are required for the schools and the district are based solely on the results of "test scores". In my experiences, each child should be treated and taught as individuals. Not test scores. The teachers, who went into this profession with the desire and anticipation for helping young children get a good education, are stuck with teaching our kids based on test scores. There seems to no longer be a desire to "educate", but rather a need to achieve higher test scores. I welcome any comments or thoughts about my ideas regarding the testing and education standards. I can be reached at joelkabak1@yahoo.com. Thank you for listening.

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