Suspended Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Art McCoy says he's still not sure why the school board placed him on administrative leave. McCoy spoke with the press and about 50 supporters at Shalom Church in Berkeley Tuesday afternoon.
McCoy says he learned from media reports, and not the school board that there was a concern about the reporting of attendance numbers in August of 2012.
He says someone four-levels below superintendent actually reports the attendance data. "My expectation for my staff is to review the data and make it accurate," he said. "That's my only involvement, my only conversations about it. No conversations with the board, and no knowing of them even having an issue with it."
McCoy says both he and his attorney have asked for a meeting with the board. But Board President Paul Morris issued a statement saying they've received no such requests since placing McCoy on leave November 6th.
The backlash over Dr. McCoy's suspension may not be fully felt until the next school board election.
Arthelda Busch, chairwoman of the district's Citizens' Taskforce on Excellence in Education stood by McCoy Tuesday afternoon as he spoke to the press and supporters in Berkeley.
McCoy told the crowd that he's never actually been told why the school board voted 6-1 November 6th to place him on administrative leave. Busch says that's one reason she's calling on Board President Paul Morris to step down.
"Mr. Morris' past affiliations with the district and the board's current decisions have created huge concerns and distrust among the community at large," Busch said.
In his statement, Morris said an investigation into several accusations against McCoy is underway and he hopes to resolve the situation soon.