- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- Jackson elementary students try to help others with 'kindness boxes' (11/6/17)1
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Cape County boy writes letter, hears from President Donald Trump (11/10/17)
- Medical marijuana may go to voters for decision (11/8/17)4
- Fourth-grade teacher Andrea Cox teaches students how to code, adapt to new technology (11/10/17)
When Dr. David Scala became superintendent of the Cape Girardeau School District in July 2005, there were major issues awaiting him. Chief among them was funding. Scala was fortunate to have arrived at a time when Missouri's economy was improving after several years of tight budgets that had squeezed dollars for public schools.
In addition to funding, there were some tough personnel decisions that had to be made. Even though some of them created a community backlash, Scala held to a firm and steady course.
And then there is the No Child Left Behind federal mandates and the Missouri Assessment Program state testing that have become such a big part of public school operations. Some schools in the district have struggled to meet improvement standards, but Scala's support for teachers and administrators in meeting those goals has never flagged.
Summing up Scala's soon-to-be three-year stint as superintendent, it can be said that he brought administrative stability at a time when the district sorely needed more focus on the mission of educating our youngsters. For that we thank him and wish him well in his future endeavors.