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Five Candidates Running For Two Slots On Ladue School Board

One incumbent and four newcomers are vying for 2 spots on the board of education in April's election.

The field is now set for the April 2 Ladue School District Board of Education election. 

  • William Shirley
  • Jeff Kopolow
  • Kisha Lee
  • Dan Regelean
  • Sam Goodman

The four will run for 2 open seats. The top two vote-getters will take a seat on the board. Kopolow, a former Ladue Middle School and Horton Watkins High School teacher is an incumbent. Shirley, a lawyer and engineer, is looking to improve communication between the board and the public.

Lee was a supporter of the district's tax increase campaign last year according to Prop 1 documents. Regelean, a Savvis HR executive according to his LinkedIn profile, ran unsuccessfully for the board in 2010.

Goodman has run unsuccessfully for the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District board in past years.

Sam Goodman January 19, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Thanks Scott for your input. I want the best for all our students, but fiscal responsibility is hard to get in the heads of the taxpayer and board. We have a great district, but with 80% going for salaries and benefits is a big problem. The present board thinks that by capping non-certified and leaving certified non-capped is a solution. Also, putting a activity fee tax on the district parents at a price of 20,000$ or a bit more is great. This is just pennies in multi-million dollar problems. Take big steps now for the future. The school district recieved their tax increase by a 53-47% margin, I believe another tax increase in four years won't and should not happen. Don't kick the can, take a bold approach now.
Jill Moore February 01, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Sam, I agree with your stance. I attend almost every board meeting and I would love to discuss this further with you via email or in person. I will say that there are some exciting things happening and I believe we have a very strong CFO who is constantly looking for big and small ways to save money and be overall more fiscally responsible and fair to the children and the taxpayers. So there is hope. Of course, the CFO can only create and present ideas, he needs a board and administration who will do the right things. I believe you would be an asset to the board. Email me if you want to jillnelvis@aol.com
Scott Simon February 13, 2013 at 07:22 PM
So what do the candidates have to say about spending $190,000 on someone who doesn't have to show up for work? http://fox2now.com/2013/02/04/you-paid-for-it-former-school-superintendents-sweet-deal/
William Shirley February 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM
I think that the any money spent "in the best interest of the district" should have been spent on energy-efficient windows (assuming a good Return On Investment), other necessary improvements, or other expenditures which are in the interests of the students and the taxpayers - not the former Superintendent.
cck March 02, 2013 at 03:25 AM
A school is all about teachers and students ... what exactly should the money in the budget go towards if not teachers and the support staff who keep the schools running?

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