Parents, local politicians and other are demanding to know why the Ferguson-Florissant School Board placed Superintendent Art McCoy on administrative leave.
About 1,500 gathered Wednesday night at McCluer North High School to demand answers from their school board. Dozens spoke at the board meeting for more than three hours. Some hurled allegations of racial motivations at the all white board. McCoy is black.
Board President Paul Morris denies race was a factor. He told the crowd that the issues revolved around McCoy's failure to comply with board directives. Morris also told the crowd that he couldn't say more because privacy rules prevent him from being more specific in a personnel matter.
"This would be a whole lot easier if I could say what's going on," Morris told Fox 2 News, "but I can't."
One parent told the board he planned to file a "Sunshine Law request" Thursday morning.
The board took no actions regarding McCoy's status at last night's meeting, but a decision on the superintendent's future is likely in the the next week or so.
Ahead of a school board meeting Wednesday, students at a pair of Ferguson-Florissant Schools staged demonstrations in support of their superintendent.
Last week, superintendent Art McCoy was put on paid administrative leave for unspecified reasons. Fox 2 reports that today around 200 students at McCluer North High School jammed the hallways between classes in support of McCoy. At Cross Keys Middle School, 40 students protested in support.
A planned school board meeting Wednesday night has been move to the gym at McCluer North High School because a large crowd is expected.