I, and many of you, have been gleefully enjoying our Summer breaks blissfully unaware of what was going down at the #1 School District in Missouri, our very own School District, until a new Facebook Page, Flyers United, was created by some Lindbergh teachers and parents and finally shed some light (If you haven't joined/liked this page already please do it now to keep you in the know). I am not a political person, I'm not a numbers person, I'm not a member of the PTO but when it comes to my kids I will go down swinging to make sure I'm my children's biggest advocate in regards to them receiving the best education available with the best teachers possible. Lindbergh has the BEST and we're about to lose it! We currently have the best teachers, the best principals, the best education, the best learning environment, the best small town feel in a big town, the best test scores, voted the #1 place to raise a family in Missouri and the best of the best in Missouri School Districts for 5 years. So what's the problem? A battle is brewing, a battle I didn't even know existed until a few days ago. A battle the Superintendent, Dr. Simpson and the School Board hoped didn't leak out to the parents-yet suddenly it leaked and today it exploded. If you don't have kids and think this doesn't affect you, you will soon be singing a different tune when the district that lifted your home value and makes your city one of the most desirable places to live begins its plummet. What I know through speaking to some involved individuals is this (and I will explain it as simply as I can because, like I said, not a numbers or political person)....our Lindbergh teachers rank 8th in pay in the 8 benchmark school districts (school districts comparable to Lindbergh in Academic Achievements and salaries=Webster, Kirkwood, Rockwood, Parkway, Affton, Pattonville, Mehlville and, of course, Lindbergh...the number graphs are listed at the bottom of this post). Some of our best teachers and teachers we have tried to hire have left Lindbergh behind for longer commutes, districts ranking much lower than our own BUT more pay! Bottom Line: The teachers have tried numerous attempts at proposing a compromise in negotiating the raise they deserve and have not only been denied by the district but are now being ignored while Superintendent Simpson is one of the top 2 highest paid Superintendents of our benchmarks, if not the highest paid, while our teachers suffer as the lowest paid. A lawsuit by the teachers of Lindbergh has been written up and is now being threatened by the teachers union (LNEA) of the district. What does this mean for our kids? If we, as parents and residents of the Lindbergh District don't take action and take it now we are basically sacrificing our children's education and our community to the irrational and selfish behavior of the few we VOTED into our school board and the Superintendent. Is a teachers strike on the horizon or will they just vacate for higher paying districts and better treatment? If you want to be heard in person attend the board meeting Aug. 11 at 7:30 in the ECE Multipurpose room or, if you are a Long Parent, Please contact our Long President, Dave Reinhardt, who will speak on behalf of those parents from Long IF he has the majority of the Long Parents support. AND, if you dare, give the School Board a piece of your mind-they signed up for this, they promised us they would do what was in the best interest of our children and right now they are failing us.
Kathleen Kienstra (President) 314-843-8843
Donald Bee (Vice President) 636-349-1299
Karen Schuster (Secretary) 314-843-4268
Vicki Englund (Treasurer) 314-265-2886
Kara Horton (Director) 314-842-3665
Katie Holloway (Director) 314-849-5655
Gary Ujka (Director) 636-349-5324
*all of this info., as well as their email addresses (if you prefer to email instead) are available on the Lindbergh website.
Now that you (and I) know this information: Please ACT!!! Your kids and their teachers deserve it!