SG R-II Family Connection

Parents & Guardians

Good afternoon, SG families,

After much contemplation and discussion with Jason, my husband, I have made the decision to retire with an effective date of June 30, 2023 (a year and a half from now). While this was not an easy choice, I do believe that this is the right time. This decision is primarily based on my need to be able to “be there” for Jason, our four children, our parents and, now, our beautiful granddaughter.

I am extremely proud and humbled to have been a part of this great school district and to have had a hand in the progress that we have made over the years. I am excited to continue this focus throughout my last year and half with the district and look forward to watching it continue into the future! You can view my full letter to our families and the community here.

In preparation for my retirement, we have been discussing and planning for this leadership transition. At the Board’s regular meeting last night, the Board approved a Deputy Superintendent position to be created for one year in order to provide an effective training and transition period. The individual in this position will work closely with me, other area superintendents and state organizations to learn the various roles and responsibilities of the Superintendent position, while providing additional leadership for the district as we continue to navigate the uncertainty of this ongoing pandemic.

Nationwide, statewide, and locally, the landscape of public education has changed drastically over the last several years, and SG R-II has several fronts where we must direct focus, some of which include:

  • the Prop SG bond issue;
  • the district's ongoing planning for and response to COVID-19;
  • navigating the district's financial positioning given the uncertainty of Holcim's taxes;
  • the possibility of changes to state legislation regarding public education; and
  • the large number of retirements that have taken place in the district office within the last year and a half.

The Deputy Superintendent position offers an opportunity for us to plan proactively for the future of the school district. And it is an approach that other districts in surrounding communities are also implementing in order to ensure a seamless transition for district leadership.

During the Board’s closed session last night, the Board hired current assistant superintendent Dr. Paul Taylor to fill this position for the next school year. I am excited to share this news with you, as I have the utmost confidence in his ability to step into this role and lead this great district into the future. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Taylor and wishing him well going forward!

As we review and adjust to local, state and national challenges to public education, the SG R-II School District will continue to evaluate student, employee, and building needs in order to provide much-needed resources and support as we continue to deal with the trauma and learning loss caused by the pandemic. We will share updates as they become available.

I want to thank all of you for allowing me to be a part of the Ste. Genevieve R-II family. I look forward to continuing our great work over the next year and a half and the great memories that we will develop together.

Forever a dragon,

Dr. Julie Flieg


Four FREE At-Home Tests Per Family

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Annual School Board Election — April 5, 2022

Two positions, each with a three-year term, will be available for the Ste. Genevieve County R-II Board of Education in the Tuesday, April 5, 2022 election. The expiring terms for Board members are Mr. Terry McDaniel and Mr. Richard Rudloff. Filing ended on Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. Six applicants have filed a declaration of candidacy for the Board of Education. In the order of filing, they include: Jamie (Naeger) Ballew, Michael Stoll, Larry Pfaff, Joshua Gettinger, Samuel Barbagallo, and Bradley (Brad) Arnold.

Updated Reopening Plan

The Board of Education approved updates to the 2021-2022 Reopening Plan, including the strongly encouraged continued use of face coverings for students, employees, and visitors on the campuses of the Ste. Genevieve County R-II School District during school hours. Other changes include updated protocols recommended by the CDC regarding isolation periods for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Per the CDC:

  • Students, teachers and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms should isolate and not come to school/work for at least 5 days.
  • If they continue to remain asymptomatic, they can end isolation and return to school/work after at least 5 days, but should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others until day 10. If they are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should not come to school or work for the full 10 days.
  • If they develop symptoms after testing positive, the 5-day isolation period should start over.

The health and safety processes and procedures included in this Reopening Plan have been crafted with the recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are subject to adjustment as local conditions change. We will continually evaluate this plan and integrate updates to reflect changing local conditions and evolving recommendations from the state and federal level.

Kindergarten Registration Dates

Kindergarten Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will be held at:

  • Ste. Genevieve Elementary on March 19, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Bloomsdale Elementary on April 2, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Parents may contact the elementary offices beginning Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, to schedule appointments.

  • Ste. Genevieve Elementary: 573-883-4500 ext. 3
  • Bloomsdale Elementary: 573-883-4500 ext. 4

Ste. Genevieve Elementary Parents As Teachers also offer FREE Community Developmental Screenings year-round for all children within district boundaries ages 3 months to 5 years. Screening is the process of measuring a child's general health, vision, hearing and development. The areas of development focused on during this screening are motor, language, concepts, social/emotional, and adaptive. To schedule a screening, call PAT at 573-883-4500 ext. 2424.

Board of Education — January 18, 2022 Regularly Scheduled Meeting

See the Jan. 18, 2022, edition of Board Briefs here. This document is unofficial, but includes more details than our official Minutes. Also, if you would like more information, please be sure to visit BoardDocs, the district’s school board management software, to see meeting agendas, videos, documents and other details.

Survey From Ste. Genevieve Park Board

Feel free to complete this survey from the Ste. Genevieve Park Board regarding the Park Master Plan!

As always, be sure to check out our social media feeds and the “News” section of our websites to view all of the wonderful stories around SG R-II!

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