Students, staff and board member share knowledge at MSBA
Students, staff and board member share knowledge at MSBA
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Two groups of representatives from the Pattonville School District shared their expertise with school board members across the state at the annual Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) conference held in conjunction with the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA).  

Students, board members and staff representing Pattonville High School’s Board Student Administration Action Committee (BSAAC) presented a session titled “Leading with Students.” Students Lilly Buehrle, Jailah Broadway, Loudin Cato and Grant Wedig presented along with school board member Dr. Amanda Lienau Purnell, BSAAC sponsor Lori Cole and superintendent Dr. Tim Pecoraro. BSAAC is composed of approximately 35 high school students, board members and district and high school administrators. The committee provides opportunities for students to interact with board members and administrators to discuss what’s working at their school, current challenges and school improvement ideas. Presenters at MSBA shared how this structure improves communication, builds relationships and fosters student leadership in the life of a school and school district.

A group of staff also presented a session titled, “Using Cultural Proficiency to Support Equity.” The session shared how Pattonville is using the Tools of Cultural Proficiency to meet students’ and families’ needs through three areas of focus: increasing understanding in cultural proficiency, growing a better understanding of one’s own personal stories and biases, and working to support positive change in the district schools. The presenters of this session were Tamika Dukes, art teacher at Remington Traditional School; Dr. Don Furjes, Remington principal; Dr. Cara Hiripitiyage, director of secondary education; Natasha Malone, third grade teacher at Bridgeway Elementary School; and Dr. Tina Plummer, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. They were joined by education consultant Dr. Jaime Welborn, an assistant professor of educational leadership at Saint Louis University (SLU) and SLU’s program director for Building Leadership for Change through School Immersion.

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Student presenters at MSBA are shown with staff and board members from the Pattonville School District. Shown are, from left, front row, sophomore Lilly Buehrle, junior Jailah Broadway and board director Jeanne Schottmueller; middle row, high school teacher Lori Cole, sophomore Loudin Cato, board president Andrea Glenn, board secretary Mindy Ridings and board director Ruth Petrov; and back row, senior Grant Wedig, superintendent Dr. Tim Pecoraro, board vice president Dr. Brian Gray and board director Dr. Amanda Lienau Purnell.


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Presenting a session on cultural proficiency at MSBA were, from left, Dr. Tina Plummer, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning; Dr. Cara Hiripitiyage, director of secondary education; Natasha Malone, third grade teacher at Bridgeway Elementary School; Dr. Jaime Welborn, educational consultant; Tamika Dukes, art teacher at Remington Traditional School; and Dr. Don Furjes, principal at Remington.