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New Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent shares vision for district

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Dr. Joseph Davis (Credit: KMOV) Dr. Joseph Davis (Credit: KMOV)
FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Parents in the Ferguson-Florissant District packed a gym on March 16 to hear from the district’s new superintendent.

Dr. Joseph Davis, who was hired in July 2015, used the opportunity to lay out his vision for the district.  Davis touched on a number of topics including student conduct, efforts to improve academic performance and funding.

A big reaction from parents came when Davis discussed student behavior, which has been a major issue. Davis believes the key to improving student behavior may be in healing wounds from the unrest in Ferguson that occurred in 2014.

He also said a lack of funding meant students did not have access to therapists after the unrest.

“I think we take it day by day. We have to figure out what the needs of the students are. Putting the right resources and supports in place so that we can help children deal with frustration and aggression,” said Davis. “A lot of it has to do with some of things that have happened. Race is always an issue. How do we have a proper conversation about race, not just in our schools, but with our kids in our community at-large?”

Davis congratulated the district on achieving a balanced budget for the 2015-2016 school year, but he also said it is uncertain what state funding will look like for the next school year.

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