Rockwood Board of Education
William (Bill) Brown, President (Term expires April 2015)
740 Emerald Oaks Court
Eureka, MO 63025
Sherri L. Rogers, Vice President (Term expires April 2015)
1734 Clarkson Rd, Box 238
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Dr. Keith Kinder, Director (Term expires April 2014)
523 Terrington Dr.
Ballwin, Mo. 63021
Matt Doell, Director (Term expires April 2014)
P.O. Box 294
Eureka, MO 63025
Jeffrey R. Morrell (Term Expires: April 2016)
17720 Wilding Place Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Darby Arakelian (Term Expires April 2014)
511 Eagles Nest Court
Wildwood, MO 63011
Board President Bill Brown Comment’s regarding community healing.
March 7, 2013 – I am asking all of you to pause for just a second and consider my words: Please listen as well as hear me.
To paraphrase President John F. Kennedy, the problems that we now face have been created by adults to the detriment of our children— they can be solved by adults for the betterment of our children.
In the present climate, it almost seems like the best course of action is to say nothing—- either as an individual or as a group.
Even the most sincere apologies can be twisted and misunderstood. I believe it is a situation where the only thing that will help the problem is not to say we are sorry but to show the public we are sorry. Please consider a couple of things that I am suggesting to help us move on:
First of all, the difference between an act of co-mission compared to an act of omission. In my humble opinion, the mistakes that have been made have been acts of omission, not intentional acts- designed to hurt anyone.
Secondly, it is important to keep in mind the difference between opinion and fact. Much of what I read and hear contains much more opinion than fact.
I have been blessed with a Rockwood education that during this very stressful time for me personally, allowed me to recall the words of a famous American who when faced with a situation much more divisive than we find ourselves in now, said the following words- and I paraphrase:
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained……… it must not break…….. our bonds of affection. There will surely come a time in the future— when we will be touched by the better angels of our nature and we will work together again for the greater good”. I’d like to thank Abraham Lincoln from his First Inaugural Address for giving me hope.
The Rockwood School District has policies and regulations, approved by the Board of Education. Rockwood’s procedures and consequences, as well as an approved behavioral code for students, are the guidelines that allow for fairness and consistency as we serve our students and families.
These Rockwood policies and regulations can be found on the Board policy/regulation website.
All students enrolled in the Rockwood School District receive a student handbook that includes this information. It is distributed at the beginning of each school year and is to be shared with parents and guardians.
Additionally, our communication protocol for addressing concerns is as follows:
Step One: Talk with the teacher or guidance counselor at your child’s school.
Step Two: Contact your school principal and/or assistant principal.
Step Three: Contact the executive directors of elementary and secondary schools – or the members of superintendent’s cabinet.
Step Four: Share your concerns with the superintendent.
If your concern has not been resolved at those levels, citizens are invited to send a written request to the Board secretary to be filed with the Board of Education. Patrons may also call or e-mail Board of Education members or share a patron comment at a Board meeting.
How may patrons communicate with the Board of Education?
The Rockwood Board of Education welcomes public participation in meetings. The first meeting of the month is open for public comment on matters that are on the Board’s agenda. The second meeting of the month is open for patron comments on any subject. The requirements and limitations for addressing the Board of Education are as follows:
Patrons must indicate that they wish to address the Board of Education by completing a comment card and giving it to a Communications staff member prior to the start of the meeting.
Patrons must list their name, address, phone number and the agenda item or topic they wish to address on the comment cards, which are located by the entrance to the meeting room.
Individuals are provided a maximum of three (3) minutes to address the Board.
If several individuals are concerned with the same issue and share the same opinion, they are requested to select a spokesperson to represent the group.
It is the policy of the Board to listen to patrons during this important part of the agenda. Individual board members do not address patrons who are speaking to the Board, except for issues of clarification.