Today's cold temperatures caused some tempers to flare in the Rockwood School District.
Parents were upset when officials sent a late cancellation notice to parents. Rockwood officials said on their Facebook page that they had to cancel classes because the cold temperatures put 20 buses out of service. Another 85 buses did not have working brakes because of the cold.
Classes were canceled at 6:50 AM, but parents said that was too late. Many parents had already dropped their kids off at school.
The Missouri Ethics Commission says a former Rockwood School Board member has violated the state's conflict-of-interest law.
The commission found that over a two year period Steve Smith voted more than a dozen times on construction orders that allowed his employer, Glenn Construction to raise its fees on contracts with the school board.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Smith has been hit with a $10,000 fine, but if he pays within 45 days, the amount drops to $2,000. If he violates the conflict-of-interest law again in the next two years, Smith would be on the hook for the other $8,000.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich had come to the same conclusion in his February audit of the Rockwood School District.
Smith served on the Rockwood Board of Education as a Glenn Construction employee between May 2010 and June 2012.
Rockwood school district Superintendent Bruce Borchers is taking a salary cut to leave the district for a school district in Tennessee. The Rockwood School Board will formally accept his resignation at its Thursday meeting.
Rockwoods officials announced Tuesday that Borchers' last day will be June 7th.
Borchers was hired by Rockwood in 2010. Since then he's faced controversy over the hiring of consultants, the district’s relationship with a construction management firm, a failed bond measure last year and a scathing state audit of the district in February.
Rockwood School District voters not only rejected a $38.4 million bond issue Tuesday, but they also ousted two longtime board members after much controversy and criticism.
Challengers Loralee Mondl and Jeffrey Morrell drew roughly twice as many votes as the incumbents, School Board President Janet Strate and member Steve Banton.
The bond measure, which required a four-sevenths majority for passage, would have provided for renovations, security measures and other updates.
Steve Smith sent a letter last night announcing his resignation days after an audit was critical of district overspending on construction projects.
The audit claims Glenn Construction Co. was overpaid by more than $1.2 million over the last 10 years. That's the same company where Smith works. State Auditor Tom Schweich concluded that Smith failed to abstain from votes giving projects to Glenn Construction while he worked for the firm.
Smith says he is stepping aside so the focus can be on the children of the district.