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Suspended Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Speaks Out

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:25 Published in Local News

   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.

 

Space heaters possible cause of overnight fatal fire

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:19 Published in Local News

   Fire investigators are trying to determine if portable space heaters played a roll in an overnight fire that killed a 14 month old child.  

   Fire crews were called to the home at North 25th Street and Angelica in north St. Louis about 2:00 a.m.  

   Firefighters rescued three adults from the burning home, but the child had already died when they found him.

   Fire Chief Jenkerson told Fox 2 News that the building had no heat, and several space heaters were in use.  

   The adults pulled from the building were taken to a hospital.  Their conditions aren't known.

Nixon visits St. Louis to stump for Boeing project

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:16 Published in Local News

   Governor Jay Nixon will be in St. Louis County Wednesday to publicly pitch his plan to lure a new Boeing aircraft plant to the area.  Nixon will speak to St. Louis business and civic leaders at a luncheon hosted by Progress 64 West, a group that promotes development along the Interstate 64 corridor.  

   The governor met privately with Boeing executives last week as Missouri competes with at least five other states to produce the Boeing 777X commercial airplane.

   A new plant would likely mean thousands of new jobs.  

   Republican state Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard has said he supports special tax incentives to try to land the plant.  

   Boeing expects to choose a location just after the first of the year.

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