St. Louis County, MO (KTRS) Dr. Joseph Davis is back leading the Ferguson-Florissant School District after criminal charges were dropped against him in North Carolina.
A news conference was held Tuesday morning at the Ferguson-Florissant School District Administration Center to announce the superintendent’s return. Davis was accused of using a credit card from his former school district in North Carolina. Davis explained that this transaction for $139.58 was done in error when he was booking a hotel room and a rental car on Priceline.com.
” I logged onto my Priceline account and chose what I thought was my American Express card. I was unaware my former employer’s card remained in my profile, having left the district in 2015. The last four digits of Washington County Schools’ American Express card is the same as the last four digits of my American Express card, differing by only one digit. So when I clicked on what I thought was my card, the remaining information auto-populated from the stored information in my profile.” Davis said.
Davis said he has made arrangements to reimburse his former school district.
Davis received a warm welcome from staff, parents and community leaders.
. “The Board is pleased the matter has been resolved. We are confident in Dr. Davis’ leadership and his focus on providing a great education for our students. We look forward to putting this incident behind us, and hope our community will join us in focusing on the future for the sake of our students.”
Dr. Davis will return from leave immediately and looks forward to spending time in schools with staff and students. “I want to thank all those who have been so supportive throughout this ordeal,” Davis stated, “I aim to build and rebuild any trust that may have been lost during this time, and I can assure you that I will be hyper-focused on moving our district forward and providing a high quality education for all children.” said Rob Chabot, Board of Education president.
Davis said he is appreciative for the support he has received, “I’m grateful for this day, grateful to God, through Jesus Christ, my wife, my son, and my family, and to many of those who supported me through this entire ordeal.”