State investigates suspended Ferguson-Florissant superintendent

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by Sarah Heath / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 2:16 PM

 (KMOV) – On Monday, the Ferguson-Florissant School Board President sent a letter home to district families advising them of new developments regarding suspended superintendent Dr. Art McCoy.

According to officials, the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education made the decision to place McCoy on leave based on differences in focus and philosophy. Officials said there was no indication of wrongdoing.

In the letter, board president Paul Morris said ““The Board recently received information serious enough to require us by law to notify the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).”

The letter then went on to state that DESE is conducting an investigation and that the situation remains a personnel matter and state law prohibits case details from being disclosed.

News 4 contacted the Ferguson-Florissant School District which released this statement, “The Department has been notified by the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education of potential irregularities in mandatory reporting including district attendance. The Department will be reviewing this data and working with the school district to resolve any issues.”

Board president, Morris said he understood how difficult this was for the district saying, “We want to emphasize that all of our decisions are being made with great care and with the best interests of our students in mind.”

According to officials, the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education made the decision to place McCoy on leave based on differences in focus and philosophy. Officials said there was no indication of wrongdoing.

McCoy, who has been superintendent since July, 2011, is still being paid during his leave. No time frame was set on the length of the leave.

District Chief Accountability Officer Larry Larrew will serve as superintendent in the meantime.

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