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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Art McCoy is out as the superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

 

The School Board and McCoy released a joint statement Wednesday afternoon saying that he was resigning from his position, effective immediately. The brief statement said the decision was mutual and that the "full resolution of these matters is in the best interests of the Ferguson-Florissant School District".

 

Not much is known about the trouble between McCoy and the School Board. In November, board members voted 6-1 to place him on paid administrative leave. 

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The Ferguson-Florissant School District is moving forward with plans to terminate Superintendent Dr. Art McCoy.

 

On November 6 the board placed Dr. McCoy on paid leave. The next step in the procedure is to hold a hearing with McCoy so he can hear the reasons for his termination. The hearing will be in a closed session, unless the two sides agree to hold the meeting in open session.

 

In a statement posted to the school district's Facebook page, Board President Paul Morris says that after the hearing they will decide if McCoy's contract should be terminated with cause.

 

The school board has not released the reason they placed McCoy on leave last month.

 

The full statement is posted below:

Dear Ferguson-Florissant School District Families, Staff and Community,
 
As you know, on Nov. 6, the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education placed Dr. Art McCoy on paid administrative leave. Since that time, the Board has looked into several areas of concern and an independent, third-party investigation has been completed.
 
As a result of conclusions reached through these investigations, the Board has voted 6-1 to issue a notice of charges to Dr. McCoy stating reasons the board is considering terminating his contract for cause. Dr. McCoy and his attorney have received the statement of charges.
 
In accordance with the superintendent’s contract with the Board of Education, Dr. McCoy will receive a full hearing of these charges. The hearing will be conducted in closed session, unless a mutual agreement is reached between the Board and Dr. McCoy to hold the meeting in open session. Only after the hearing will the Board determine whether to terminate Dr. McCoy’s contract for cause, which would relieve the District’s responsibility to pay Dr. McCoy’s salary and benefits.
 
This was a very difficult decision, but one that we believe is in the best interests of our students, parents and community. It was made after a thorough, independent investigation and much careful deliberation among all members of the Board of Education. We recognize and are grateful for Dr. McCoy’s contributions to our students since becoming superintendent. Unfortunately, we find it necessary to take this action at this time.
 
We want our students, their families and our community to know that we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every one of our students receives the highest-quality educational opportunities available, and that we will work closely with our District community to forge the path forward with the ultimate goal of success for all of our students.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mr. Paul T. Morris
President
Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education
 
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 02:52

Belleville 201 teachers to get pay raise

   Even as some metro-east school districts continue to wrestle with budget shortfalls, Belleville District 201 teachers will be getting a pay raise.  

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the school board Monday night unanimously approved a partial salary step increase this year and next.  Superintendent Jeff Dosier told the paper that instead of a full step increase, teachers will get 75 percent of a step increase.  

   The cost of the pay raises will be covered by retirements and vacant teaching positions not being filled.  

   The teachers' new contract goes into effect September 1st.

   The school board also approved new contracts with the district's custodians, engineers and teacher aids.

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   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.

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Residents in the City of St. Louis may learn Wednesday night which public schools are facing closure.

St. Louis Public Schools superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams has said he will make several proposals at the 6 p.m. meeting of the special administrative board. Among his proposals, Dr. Adams is expected to recommend that some schools close next year and other be phased out as a cost-cutting measure.

Dr. Adams says several factors, including academic performance, would be considered in deciding which, if any, schools would close.

There has been wide-spread speculation that the Cleveland NJROTC Academy would be phased out, accepting no new freshmen after this year.

Wednesday’s Special Administrative Board meeting is at 6:00 p.m. at 801 North 11th Street.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Child porn was found on a southwest Missouri school board member's electronic devices while authorities were investigating reports that he exposed himself to students, according to federal court documents filed Friday. The U.S. attorney's office said John Lewis, 67, of Sarcoxie, was arrested before Thursday night's Sarcoxie school board meeting and charged Friday with possessing child pornography. He remains in federal custody, pending a detention hearing. U.S. attorney's spokesman Don Ledford said Lewis doesn't yet have an attorney. An FBI affidavit said Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers contacted Lewis while investigating reports that he exposed himself to a group of high school students who were working for him on his farm outside Sarcoxie. Troopers obtained a search warrant and seized two desktop computers, a laptop computer and electronic storage devices. Investigators who searched the devices found 19 multimedia files of child pornography and 113 images of suspected child pornography showing children as young as five years old. According to the affidavit, the investigation began after a school official overheard a conversation between high school students, one of whom confirmed he was present at the board member's farm when Lewis exposed himself in close proximity to another student. Two students, both 16 at the time of the incident, told investigators that Lewis talked to them about sex and inappropriately touched them while they were working for him at the farm in late spring last year. Investigators who executed a search warrant at Lewis' home said he became adversarial and "was found to have a very large weapons collection." The district said in a written statement that it's cooperating with the investigation. "Nothing is more important to the district than providing a safe and secure learning and working environment for children," the statement said. "We welcome the support of the community during this process."
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