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Spotlight on St. Louis Area Neighborhood Activities - Updated May 21, 2014

Normandy Schools Will Continue to Operate with New Board
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, May 21, 2014 - The State Board voted today to lapse the unaccredited Normandy School District, and replace it with a new local education agency and new governing board.

The move keeps local schools operating in the district's footprint under new leadership. The Department recommended the move based on significant community input and on a report from the Normandy Transition Task Force, which was established in March 2014 to develop a plan for the future of the district.

"We are most concerned with the 4,000 children in Normandy - making sure they receive high quality education," said Board President Peter Herschend. "This is the only feasible way to have schools operating in the district next year."

Board members have indicated that they will insist on significant academic improvements within the district. "Business as usual will not get the job done," said President Herschend. The State Board will retain authority over the new board to ensure positive results.

At numerous meetings with parents, educators and students, the community urged the Department and State Board to keep Normandy schools open and serving children. The Board believes lapsing the district and creating a new entity will allow for significant change in the educational experience offered to children. The Board voted today to:

  • Lapse the Normandy School District effective June 30, 2014. All existing contracts with personnel and others will be terminated effective June 30, 2014.
  • Create the Normandy Schools Collaborative as a new local education agency, encompassing the Normandy School District footprint effective July 1, 2014.
  • Appoint a Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB) to govern the Collaborative effective July 1, 2014, replacing the current elected board.
The next steps for the Department include working closely with the Normandy superintendent and others to develop a calendar, schedule, budget and staffing plan for the 2014-2015 school year. The Board plans to address a number of additional issues at its June meeting. The Normandy School District was classified as unaccredited on January 1, 2013.

Neighborhood Greenways St. Louis Kick-off Meetings
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, May 20, 2014 - With funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, Trailnet is promoting education about Neighborhood Greenways and their equity, environmental and public health benefits. The project is a first step toward Neighborhood Greenways being built in the future.

Neighborhood Greenways are residential streets transformed into low-stress, family-friendly routes that encourage walking and biking. Their design elements include traffic calming measures to reduce the volume and speed of motorized vehicles; increased space for landscaping and managing stormwater; and signage and markings to create priority for people walking and biking.

"We've seen from other places in the country that Neighborhood Greenways can reach a larger swath of the population than just your standard bike lane. The high degree of safety and comfort they provide can draw in populations that have had historically lower levels of biking, such as youth, elderly, women, and communities of color," said project manager and Trailnet staffer, Jennifer Allen. Kick-off meetings are being held for City of St. Louis residents who want to learn about the Neighborhood Greenways St. Louis Project.

Kick-off meeting #1 - North City was held last Wednesday at the William J. Harrison Education Center

Kick-off meeting #2 - Dutchtown
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade, St. Louis, MO 63118

Kick-off meeting #3 - Forest Park Southeast
Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Joyia Tapas, 4501 Manchester Ave. St. Louis, 63110

Residents from any City neighborhood are encouraged to attend any of the the kick-off meetings.

The work of Neighborhood Greenways St. Louis is focused in three opportunity areas within St. Louis City, but all City residents are encouraged to participate in all project activities.

The opportunity areas are: North City (The Ville, Greater Ville, JeffVanderLou, Carr Square), Forest Park Southeast, and Dutchtown. The project will help implement the City of St. Louis' Sustainability Plan, which calls for considering neighborhood greenways as a means of improving city-wide and neighborhood-scale mobility. For more information, contact Jennifer Allen at 314-436-1324.

Biking to Work Increases 60 Percent Over Last Decade
Nationwide, the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60 percent over the last decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period. Graphic courtesy U.S. Census Bureau
Biking to Work Increases 60 Percent Over Last Decade
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, May 12, 2014 - Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report.

Nationwide, the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60 percent over the last decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period. This is the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey.

"In recent years, many communities have taken steps to support more transportation options, such as bicycling and walking," said Brian McKenzie, a Census Bureau sociologist and the report's author. "For example, many cities have invested in bike share programs, bike lanes and more pedestrian-friendly streets."

While bicyclists still account for just 0.6 percent of all commuters, some of the nation's largest cities have more than doubled their rates since 2000. Portland, Ore., had the highest bicycle-commuting rate at 6.1 percent, up from 1.8 percent in 2000. In Minneapolis, the rate increased from 1.9 percent to 4.1 percent.

The report also looks at the number of people who walk to work. After steadily decreasing since 1980, the percent of people who walk to work has stabilized since 2000. In 1980, 5.6 percent of workers walked to work, and that rate declined to 2.9 percent by 2000. However, in the 2008-2012 period, the rate of walkers remained statistically unchanged from 2000. Among larger cities, Boston had the highest rate of walking to work at 15.1 percent.

Biking to Work Highlights

The West had the highest rate of biking to work at 1.1 percent, and the South had the lowest rate at 0.3 percent.

Among large cities, Portland, Ore., had the highest bicycle-commuting rate at 6.1 percent.

The median commute time for those who bike to work was about 19.3 minutes. Men were more likely to bike to work than women were. The rate of bicycle commuting for men was more than double that of women, 0.8 percent compared with 0.3 percent.

Those with a graduate or professional degree or higher and those with less than a high school degree had the highest rates of biking to work, at 0.9 and 0.7 percent, respectively.

1.5 percent of those with an income of $10,000 or less commuted to work by bicycle, the highest rate of bicycle commuting by any income category. African-Americans had the lowest rate of biking to work at 0.3 percent, compared with some other race or two or more races who had the highest rate at 0.8 percent.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Newly Rebuilt River des Peres Greenway Trail Opens at the Shrewsbury/Lansdowne MetroLink Station
 St. Louis City Introduces 'Milkweeds for Monarchs'
 Heat-Up St. Louis Hits A Record High of $165,000 To Date
 stl250 to Install 250 Cakes for the "Cakeway to the West"
 Year-Long Birthday Celebration Planned for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary Kicks Off at First Night
 St. Louis Launches New Initiative to Improve Housing Near Public Transit
 ALDI to Open New Store in Central West End
 Clayton Named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community
 'St. Louis Light The Night Walk' Aims to be in Top 10 of 200 Walk Sites Across the Nation
 St. Louis Mosaic Project Focuses on Diversity and Contributions of Immigrants to Communities
 Concordia Seminary Students Day of Service at Community Gardens
 Metro and Partners Exploring New Type of Transit Service for St. Louis
 United Way Seeks Volunteers for 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance
 Amnesty Project at STLCC to Include All Misdemeanor Warrants
 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Cheers Abandoned Factory Cleanup
 Old North Raingarden Is Pilot Program in MSD's Project Clear
 Thousands Turn Out for PrideFest in Downtown St. Louis
 The Trestle in Old North St. Louis to Connect Region
 stl250 Unveils Year-Long Birthday Celebration Planned for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
 3-D Artwork Inspired by Historic Eads Bridge Installed at Laclede's Landing Metro Station
 Historical Event Held at Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing
 11 Local Arts Organizations Receive Grants Through PNC Arts Alive!
 AT&T Closing the Technology Gap with Contribution to OASIS
 The Mission Continues Veterans and PNC Bank Employees Refurbish Early Childhood Education Center
 Second Annual City Mayhem Obstacle Course Challenge
 Streetcar Feasibility Study Unveiled at Moto Museum
 State Seeking Organizations to Serve Meals to Children During Summer Months
 Hardee's Crew and Fred Bird Helps Heat-Up St. Louis Hit Record High of $125,000
 'Reason for Freezin' Annual Polar Plunge Raises Over $85,200 for Special Olympics Missouri
 Gov. Nixon Announces $1.3 Million in Innovation High School Grants
 O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex Opens in North Saint Louis Community

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