Tuesday School Board Meeting In McKinley Heights

mckinleySt. Louis City Elected Board of Education
6:30 pm Tuesday, August 8th
McKinley Leadership Academy, 2156 Russell
Meeting Agenda

To request being placed on agenda/speak email Slpselectedboard@gmail.com

McKinley is a great school. Check out…
Middle School webpage
High School webpage
Band Boosters webpage
Alumni Association webpage

The October 10th meeting will be at Patrick Henry Downtown Academy, 1220 North 10th in Carr Square Neighborhood, 5th Ward.

School Board Survey & Filing Info & More

schoolboardWhat do you want to know about the candidates for St. Louis City School Board? Please send your questions to ward7stl@aol.com and they may be included in the 7th Ward 2017 School Board Survey. Our 2015 School Board Survey and answers are posted here. 

There most definitely will be a question on return of local control to the elected St. Louis City School Board, a question on tax abatement, and request for specific solutions on School-to-Prison Pipeline. You need not submit those issues.

Filing for St. Louis City School Board ends January 17th. The list of current candidates is here. 

Information on requirements and some rules to running for school board are here.

The former School Board Member who represented St. Louis City Public Schools on Tax Increment Finance Commission was in the news last week.

12/22/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “TIF commissioner who questioned redevelopment ousted, but school board chief says there’s no connection” 

12/22/2016 Riverfront Times: “Appointee Who Opposed City Foundry Tax Break Booted From TIF Commission” 

Dr. Molly Metzger’s “What is TIF?” Presentation is a great TIF 1o1.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

UPDATED: Interested In Running For St. Louis City School Board?

schoolboardTuesday, December 13th, filing begins for the April 4th St. Louis City School Board Election. Filing closes January 17th. The April Election is also St. Louis City General Election for the offices of Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen for odd-numbered wards, and two Rex Sinquefield ballot issues.

Three School Board members will be elected on April 4th for seats presently held by Susan Jones, Bill Monroe, and Kathy Styer. School Board members are elected at-large by non-partisan ballot.

List of Current School Board Candidates

Information on Elected School Board

If you are interested in running for School Board, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman Marie Ceselski (630-7599 ward7stl@aol.com) would like to have coffee or a beer with you to talk about your running and answer any questions you have about filing or running, including campaign finance reporting requirements.

Here is some basic information about filing for School Board.

Where and When to File: Filing is done at the St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners, 300 N. Tucker between 8 am and 5 pm Weekdays, December 13th to January 17th.

Qualifications for running for School Board:

  • Must be a resident of the City of St. Louis for at least three years.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen for at least three years.
  • Must be a Registered Voter in the City of St. Louis.
  • Must be at least 24 years of age.
  • Must not owe any taxes.
  • Must not have an interest in any contract with or claim against the School Board, either directly or indirectly.
  • Must not be registered or required to be registered as a sex offender.
  • Must not have been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under the federal laws of the United States.
  • Must not have been found guilty to or pled guilty to a felony under the laws of Missouri.
  • Must not have been found guilty to or pled guilty to an offense committed in another state that would be considered a felony in Missouri.
  • Must file a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement.
    Must file Campaign Finance Reports with Missouri Ethics Commission.
  • Filing Fee: $100

Missouri School Board Association’s A Candidate’s Guide to Running for the School Board

While we elect the School Board, we were disenfranchised by the State of Missouri and our public schools are run by an appointed Special Administrative Board. Information on appointed SAB. 

On January 10th is of this year, the Missouri State Board of Education voted to give full accreditation to St. Louis Public Schools, a major step toward our elected School Board regaining control of the district.

Late December, the former School Board Member who represented St. Louis City Public Schools on Tax Increment Finance Commission was removed from the Commission.

12/22/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “TIF commissioner who questioned redevelopment ousted, but school board chief says there’s no connection” 

12/22/2016 Riverfront Times: “Appointee Who Opposed City Foundry Tax Break Booted From TIF Commission”

Dr. Molly Metzger’s “What is TIF?” Presentation is a great TIF 1o1.

Some news articles from earlier this year our evolving accreditation and local control situation:

9/16/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Is St. Louis school district getting closer to elected control?

08/29/2016 St. Louis Public Radio: Transition talks for St. Louis Public Schools remain on hold 

2/16/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Appointed board to run St. Louis schools for another 3 years 

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

2015 St. Louis City School Board Candidates

We will update this information as it is made available to us by the candidates.

Candidate Survey Responses are here.

In Filing Order

Candidate: Natalie A. Vowell
Ballot Name: Natalie A. Vowell
Address: 3867 Shaw Blvd, Apt. 3E, St. Louis MO 63110
Neighborhood/Ward: Shaw, 19th Ward
Occupation: Executive Director, Project Raise The Roof
Cell or Home Phone: 479-387-2328
Email: natalievowell@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/votevowell
Campaign Website: www.votevowell.com
Twitter: @NatalieAVowell

Candidate: Thomas R. Oldenburg
Ballot Name: Thomas R. Oldenburg
Address: 6430 Winona, St. Louis 63109
Neighborhood/Ward: St. Louis Hills, 16th Ward
Occupation:
Cell or Home Phone: 314-420-4846
Email:
Facebook:
Campaign Website:
Twitter:

Candidate: David L. Jackson, Jr.
Ballot Name: David L. Jackson, Jr.
Address: 3823 Sullivan, St. Louis, 63107
Neighborhood/Ward: JeffVanderLou, 3rd Ward
Occupation: DLJ Construction
Cell or Home Phone: 314-565-9476
Email: david_l_jackson_jr@yahoo.com
Facebook:
Campaign Website: https://stldavidjackson.wordpress.com/
Twitter:

Candidate: Katherine M. Wessling
Ballot Name: Katherine Wessling
Address: 5725 Holly Hills, St. Louis, 63109
Neighborhood/Ward: Princeton Heights, 12th Ward
Occupation: Attorney
Cell or Home Phone: 314-799-6668
Email: jtwktw@sbcglobal.net
Facebook:
Campaign Website:
Twitter:

Candidate: Charli A. Cooksey
Ballot Name: Charli A. Cooksey
Address: 4190 Sacramento, St. Louis, 63115
Neighborhood/Ward: O’Fallon, 21st Ward
Occupation: Executive Director, inspireSTL
Cell or Home Phone: 314-348-0392
Email: charli.cooksey@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charli-Cooksey/731275410314356
Campaign Website: http://www.cookseyforstl.com/
Twitter: @CharliCooksey

Candidate: Joey C. Hollins
Ballot Name: Joey C. Hollins
Address: 3647 Lafayette, St. Louis 63110
Neighborhood/Ward: Tiffany, 19th Ward
Occupation:
Cell or Home Phone: 314-458-5885
Email:
Facebook:
Campaign Website:
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7th Ward 2015 School Board Candidates Survey

A. The Personal Side of the Candidate. These are the Get to Know the Candidates as persons questions. 

A1) Higher Education- Degree/School/City/Year Graduated

A2) Elementary/Secondary Education: What kind of schools did you attend? a) Public Schools, b) Private Schools, c) Home Schooled, d) Combination __________ (describe)

A3) Children: What kind of schools do/did your children attend? a) Public Schools, b) Private Schools, c) Home Schooled, d) Combination __________ (describe) e) No Children

A4) Employment: Job Title/Employer/City/Years

A5) Are any members of your family (within third degree) employed by the St. Louis City Public Schools? If yes, describe relationship and how employed. Do not provide names. Example: Aunt, school teacher

A6) Are any members of your family (within first degree) employed by another public school district? If yes, describe relationship, how employed, and county/state. Do not provide names.
Example: Aunt, school teacher, Jackson County, Missouri

A7) Professional Memberships

A8) Neighborhood/Community/Civic/Political/Activist Affiliations/Memberships (50 words or less)

A9) Political Experience (50 words or less)

A10) Pets

A11) Name your favorite music genre (one) and favorite musician/band/symphony (one):

A12) St. Louis has magnificent education architecture. Name your favorite building in St. Louis City used currently or in the past as a school and why? (50 words or less)

A13) Who was your favorite teacher and why? Do not provide name. Only describe. (50 words or less)

B. The Candidate As A School Board Member. These are the Candidate views and goals questions.

B1) Describe your role as a St. Louis City Public School Board Member under the current Special Board situation.
(75 words or less)

B2) Describe your role as a St. Louis City Public School Board Member when the Special Board is gone. (75 words or less)

B3) How should public schools be funded? (100 words or less)

B4) In the event that power was returned to the St. Louis City School Board, describe one specific funding priority in the Budget that you would champion. (50 words or less)

B5) The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the Ferguson-Florissant School District regarding the at-large election of the School Board, alleging at-large election violates Section of the Voting Rights Act. Should the St. Louis City School Board be elected by districts instead of at-large? Why or Why not?  (75 words or less)

B6) Describe one St. Louis City Public School Policy you would change or you would vigorously defend against change. (50 words or less)

B7) Describe your position on Common Core Standards. (100 words or less)

B8) Describe your position on the issue of teachers carrying concealed guns into St. Louis City Public Schools. (50 words or less)

B9) Describe your position on the issue of teaching creationism or intelligent design in St. Louis City Public Schools. (50 words or less)

B10) Describe your position on Public School District Anti-Bullying Policies that include bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. (50 words or less)

B11) Describe your position on public funds being spent on private education (vouchers, tax credits, direct appropriation). (75 words or less)

B12) Grade the Special Administrative Board for the St. Louis Public Schools on a Scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest score. Describe why you gave the Board that score. (100 words or less)