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Vol. 44, No. 75

October 13, 2010

Special Committee on St. Louis Public Schools Submits Advisory Report

A special advisory committee on the St. Louis Public Schools submitted its final report to the Commissioner of Education on Friday, Oct. 8, with recommendations for the future direction of the school district. The report will go to the State Board of Education for review at its Oct. 22 meeting. No action will occur until a later date.

Last November, Commissioner Chris L. Nicastro reconvened the committee, which was originally formed in 2006, to again study the current status of the school district and to make recommendations. Nicastro asked the committee to complete its work within one year.

Committee members were:

  • Dr. William H. Danforth, chancellor emeritus of Washington University
  • Frankie M. Freeman, attorney
  • Ned Lemkemeier, attorney
  • Michael Middleton, deputy chancellor, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Dr. Donald Suggs, publisher of the St. Louis American

“I want to thank co-chairs Dr. Danforth and Mrs. Freeman and the committee members for their untiring work on behalf of the students, the school district and the St. Louis community,” Nicastro said. “Over the past year, they have conducted an open, thoughtful and deliberative process to reach its recommendations. The State Board will be reviewing their recommendations very carefully.”

The committee held its final public meeting Friday afternoon on the campus of the Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis to review and approve the report.

The committee praised the current three-member Special Administrative Board and Superintendent Kelvin Adams. The appointed board’s authority is due to expire in June 2011 but can be renewed.

Among its recommendations, the committee proposed legislative changes to allow stable leadership during a transition back to an elected board once the district meets accreditation.

The final report is now available on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website at dese.mo.gov.