Monday, April 25, 2011
Ferguson-Florissant administrators have moved class sessions to Ferguson Middle School for the rest of the year.
Griffith Elementary School students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will have to get used to a different environment for the rest of the 2010-2011 school year. Due to storm damage from Friday, the elementary school building sustained damage that makes it unsafe for children to attend school there for the rest of the year. As a result, school district administrators have moved teachers and students to the Ferguson Middle School. Classes will proceed at their regularly scheduled time. “I want to personally thank Griffith’s parents, students and staff for their flexibility and patience during this time of transition and for supporting Griffith Elementary School,” Robin Witherspoon, principal of Griffith Elementary, said in a press…
Saturday, April 16, 2011
District’s NEA and administration agree to terms of 3.49-percent raise for teachers.
Although the swearing-in ceremony of the three new Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education members was the highlight of the night for many on Wednesday, the board also got down to business and approved a raise for teachers of the district. Earlier this month, the district announced that the administration and the Ferguson-Florissant National Education Association (NEA) reached an agreement of a 3.49-percent increase for the 2011-12 academic year. “In these trying times, it feels good to be able to reward employees for the invaluable work they do,” said former Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education Les Lentz, who worked in the negotiations. “We want them to know how much they are appreciated.” The district’s NEA president Sandra Goforth-…
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Robert Chabot, Paul Morris and Chris Martinez take their new positions during meeting.
Superintendent Jeff Spiegel swore in Chris Martinez, Paul T. Morris and Robert Chabot to the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education while their predecessors looked on from the audience on Wednesday night. The three won their positions on the board during the April 5 municipal election. Before stepping down from the board, Les Lentz, Dr. Doris Graham and James Clark gave a few departing words for their colleagues and parents of the district and thanked everyone for their support. During a 15-minute recess, Florissant Patch had a chance to speak to incoming board members about their expectations and eagerness for the ceremony. “Nothing is more important that have this type of energy for our board and our kids,” Martinez said before the …
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Unseated board members discuss the election and their futures.
At the Wednesday night Ferguson-Florissant School Board of Education meeting, three new board members will be sworn in, while three former board members watch. Robert Chabot, Chris Martinez and Paul T. Morris captured the majority of the vote during the April 5 municipal election with 13.25 percent, 19.78 percent and 14.22 percent respectively. The three defeated incumbents Les Lentz, Doris Graham and James Clark, who between them all have more than 50 years of experience on the board. “I’m disappointed because I think with three sitting board members not being put back in position, it’s tough,” Lentz, who’s been the board president for the past year, said. “It’s bitter to walk out and not be a board member.” Lentz said that he’s proud of …
Monday, April 11, 2011
Following a busy election, we've still got tons of news coverage coming your way.
With warmer weather, the Easter holiday around the corner and more people out and about, the spring season looks to be officially in the air. After a busy election season and with a number of events coming up, Florissant Patch keeps you in the loop with the town’s ongoings. Here’s a look at what we’ll be bringing to you this week:
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Although the election is just about said and done, Florissant Patch's news coverage isn't.
This week, we saw a changing of the guard in a number of ways. Florissant elected its third mayor in more than 40 years, the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education received three new faces and left out three familiar faces and the Florissant Valley Fire District received a new board member. Not to mention, we’re awaiting the official results of the Ward 6 City Councilman race. The election coverage hasn’t ended because Tuesday has come and gone, though. Although, we’ve filled our site with a number of results and winners' briefs, we’ve still got a lot of ground to cover, and Florissant Patch is getting ready to deliver those to you. There’s still a lot to sort out regarding the election, and we’re planning to be there for it all. Here’s …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Voters decide to make a change and elect three newcomers to the board.
Voters spoke loud and clear to the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education on Tuesday – they want change. Robert Chabot, Chris Martinez and Paul T. Morris claimed seats on the board Tuesday night and removed all three incumbents, Doris Graham, Les Lentz and James Clark, running for election. Martinez, Morris and Chabot captured 20, 14 and 13 percent of the vote. Clark served more than 30 years on the board, while Graham sat on the board for 23 years. Lentz was elected to the school board in 2005. We’ll have more information and comments from the winners and losers on Florissant Patch.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Incumbent Jim Clark wants to help maintain integrity of the district and students.
Florissant Patch: Do you have any children or grandchildren? Jim Clark: We have three grown children who went to Halls Ferry, Parker Road, Cross Keys and McCluer North. We have five grandchildren, two in Springfield, MO and two in Indianapolis, IN. We have one granddaughter that lives in the St. Louis area and will graduate this year. Florissant Patch: What issues are important to the Ferguson-Florissant School Board? Clark: We want all of our students to be successful. We want high achievement for all our students. We need to be fiscally responsible with our taxpayers monies. We are fully accredited and met nine of 14 standards in 2008. We need to remain fully accredited. Florissant Patch: What issues are important to the District as …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
We're unveiling a guide to the April 5 municipal election for the most comprehensive information.
Florissant’s registered voters have a huge responsibility on their shoulders when the April 5 municipal election begins. Voters will be selecting the first St. Louis County Assessor as well as choosing only the third mayor to serve in four decades. Florissant Patch hopes to make your life easier. We’ve prepared a thorough and comprehensive election guide for Florissant’s registered voters. Throughout the guide, you’ll find a list of all of the candidates from the mayor’s race to the Ferguson-Florissant and Hazelwood school boards. You can also find a link to your polling places and an outline of all of the wards of the city for the city councilman races. Of course, you’ll be able to find links to all of the candidates’ profiles that we’ve …
Monday, March 28, 2011
With the election a week away, Florissant Patch has tons of plans for coverage.
With the April 5 municipal election almost a week away, we’ve got a full gamut of election coverage this week as well as other local news coverage. Get a glimpse of what you’ll see on this week’s Florissant Patch.