JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) - It wasn't long ago that the Jennings School District in north St. Louis County was on the verge of losing accreditation, just like the neighboring Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts did. Instead, Jennings is now in the midst of a turnaround.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that parents are more involved, attendance is up, test scores are rising and discipline problems are declining in Jennings.
Many credit superintendent Tiffany Anderson, who has gotten rid of underperforming teachers and principals and hired about 30 new teachers. She also reduced central office staff to free up money for classrooms and extended the school year for students in an accelerated middle school program.
STANDARD, Ill. (AP) - A dog fell 23 feet into a northern Illinois well, then dog-paddled for two hours until firefighters could hoist him to safety.
It happened Saturday near the tiny Putnam County town of Standard when a Goldendoodle named Doogie ran to greet a worker who had opened the top of the family's well to inspect it.
Homeowners Arch and Judy Hopkins called the ordeal "horrifying."
Doogie alternated between swimming and extending his legs to wedge himself from wall to wall while firefighters figured out how to get him out.
They feared he might fall again if they used a harness made for people.
Eventually he was hoisted out after a firefighter rappelled into the well and got the dog into a mesh body bag, which allowed air water to pass through.
No explosive devices were found at Francis Howell North after a bomb threat was discovered Monday morning.
Just before 11 AM, the threat was found written on a bathroom wall. School officials evacuated students to the nearby Francis Howell Central. St. Peters Police and the St. Louis Airport Canine unit search the building, but found no explosive devices.
The school posted a message to Facebook saying students were being moved back to Francis Howell North and after school activities would continue as planned.
Officials remind students that false bomb threats are illegal.
The full letter is below:
This is a follow-up to the building evacuation that began this morning at Francis Howell North (FHN) High School due to a bomb threat.
The building was completely evacuated and students and staff were relocated to Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School. Officials from the St. Peters Police Department and the St. Louis Airport Canine Unit arrived on campus immediately to conduct a thorough inspection. No explosive devices were found. Students and staff will return to FHN beginning at 1:00 PM. After school events will continue as planned. Students will follow the end of day dismissal procedures from FHN and school will be held as usual on Tuesday, September 24.
Bomb threats are taken very seriously and represent a potential danger to the safety and welfare of students and staff. Such threats disrupt the instructional program and learning environment and also place significant demands on school resources and public safety services. False bomb threats are a crime under Missouri law, and charges will be filed if the individual responsible for this incident is caught.
I encourage parents to talk with your child about the seriousness of threats and the importance of reporting suspicious activities, threats or disturbing information to a trusted adult.
I would like to compliment the students, staff and authorities for the way they handled this situation.
FHN Associate Principal