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FLORISSANT, Mo. (KSDK) – Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Art McCoy could be one step closer to being terminated from his position.

Board President Paul Morris issued a statement, which was posted on the district's Facebook page, Thursday morning that the results of an independent, third-party investigation have caused the board to consider terminating McCoy's contract.

McCoy was placed on pad administrative leave November 6.

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According to the note, the board has provided the reasoning to McCoy and his lawyer, and a closed hearing will be held to discuss the charges against him. The meeting could be made public if agreed upon between McCoy and the Board of Education.

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The Board of Education's decision on whether to terminate McCoy would be made after the hearing. If his contract is terminated for cause, the district's responsibility to pay McCoy's salary and benefits would be relieved.

No date has been publicly announced for the closed hearing.

NewsChannel 5 will have more information as it becomes available.

Read Morris's full statement below:

Dear Ferguson-Florissant School District Families, Staff and Community,

As you know, on Nov. 6, the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education placed Dr. Art McCoy on paid administrative leave. Since that time, the Board has looked into several areas of concern and an independent, third-party investigation has been completed.

As a result of conclusions reached through these investigations, the Board has voted 6-1 to issue a notice of charges to Dr. McCoy stating reasons the board is considering terminating his contract for cause. Dr. McCoy and his attorney have received the statement of charges.

In accordance with the superintendent's contract with the Board of Education, Dr. McCoy will receive a full hearing of these charges. The hearing will be conducted in closed session, unless a mutual agreement is reached between the Board and Dr. McCoy to hold the meeting in open session. Only after the hearing will the Board determine whether to terminate Dr. McCoy's contract for cause, which would relieve the District's responsibility to pay Dr. McCoy's salary and benefits.

This was a very difficult decision, but one that we believe is in the best interests of our students, parents and community. It was made after a thorough, independent investigation and much careful deliberation among all members of the Board of Education. We recognize and are grateful for Dr. McCoy's contributions to our students since becoming superintendent. Unfortunately, we find it necessary to take this action at this time.

We want our students, their families and our community to know that we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every one of our students receives the highest-quality educational opportunities available, and that we will work closely with our District community to forge the path forward with the ultimate goal of success for all of our students.

Sincerely,

Mr. Paul T. Morris

President

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