Angry parents defend suspended Ferguson-Florissant superintendent

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by Jasmine Huda / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 6:58 AM

(KMOV) –On Wednesday evening parents packed the McCluer North High School gym demanding answers after the Ferguson-Florissant School District superintendent was put on leave.

Angry parents lined up to speak out in defense of Dr. Art McCoy. He was placed on administrative paid leave last Thursday.

The meeting went into the late hours as some parents asked whether the decision to put Dr. McCoy on leave was racially motivated while others demanded school board members to resign.

"There are really three options we can do. One is bring him back. Another is to let his contract run out. The third is to have him move on,” said Paul Morris, Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education President.

Ferguson-Florissant leaders will only say McCoy wasn't in "compliance with board directives."

"The unfortunate part is, is that race is a difficult allegation to prove and disprove.  Once you throw that out there, it's hard to shake it off, and it's hard to prove no matter how many facts you have in front of you. It's hard to disprove as well,” said parent, Soloman Alexander.

Some say it's not about abilities or performance, but rather appearances.

 “The community has elected us to make those decisions. This is a hard one. This is not taken lightly. It was done with the best interests of the kids in the district. We still haven't resolved it yet," said Morris.

The board has been very tight-lipped about why Dr. McCoy was put on leave, saying it's as personnel issue. But News 4’s Jasmine Huda did take note of what one member said Wednesday night. He said "trust issues" had developed between the superintendent and the board.

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