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State Board Names New Missouri Commissioner of Education

Following interviews with five finalists, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to select Dr. Margaret Vandeven (pictured bottom right) as the next Commissioner of Education, effective January 1, 2015.

“We believe in the positive impact of the Top 10 by 20 plan on Missouri’s children,” said State Board President Peter Herschend. “We strongly believe that Dr. Margie Vandeven is the right person to accomplish the goals of the plan.”

Department Consultant Killed in South St. Louis County

Department staff is saddened to report the death of a contracted medical consultant in south St. Louis County. Dr. Terry Dunn was killed in the parking lot of his office at Lindbergh and Lemay Ferry at about 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning. 

Police have a suspect in custody, and they do not believe the public or Department staff is at risk. Staff members are assisting police in their investigation and will continue to help detectives in the case. 

State Board Grants Additional Authority for Normandy Board

The Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB) of the Normandy Schools Collaborative (NSC) will assume increased authority over the evaluation, hiring and discipline of personnel and the ongoing implementation of the NSC Accountability Plan. The State Board of Education approved the operational changes at its meeting in Branson.

Members of the JEGB accepted the proposed changes last month.

Commissioner of Education Statement on Ferguson

Commissioner of Education, Dr. Chris L. Nicastro, issued the following statement today as a result of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Mike Brown:

“We urge everyone to join us in keeping the communities of North County in your thoughts and prayers. Moving forward, we will continue to provide support necessary to school districts in the area.” 

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