Community rallies behind embattled superintendent

FERGUSON, Mo. (KSDK) - Dr. Art McCoy, the man once at the top of the Ferguson-Florissant School District is out of a job, at least for now. But parents and community leaders are standing up to support him.

McCoy is on administrative leave for what reasons related to what the Board of Education calls "a difference in focus and philosophy."

The Citizens Task Force on Excellence in Education rallied Friday to call out the Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education for its lack of answers to their questions about why Dr. Art McCoy has been placed on leave.

One parent says he feels they've been cheated.

"We want answers. And we want to know specifically what is the philosophical difference," says Redditt Hudson. "Where did it depart with him and you that caused you relieve him of his duties?"

"What is the difference in focus and who does his focus differ from? Is it the people of this community, or is it the six members of the Board who decided to put him on administrative leave," questions mother of three Archilla Buford.

The NAACP is getting involved. It's threatening to file a Title Six complaint against the district, which he pointed out is majority-minority, with a black superintendent, run by an almost all-white board.

"We want the justice department through the department of education to take a look and make sure there isn't any racial undercurrent in the decision by the board of the Ferguson Florissant school district," says Vice President for the Missouri NAACP Rev. Adolphus Pruitt.

We reached out to the Board of Education's president Paul T. Morris via telephone and email asking what those differences in philosophy and focus mean. He did not return those messages.


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