Tuesday Elected School Board Meeting

school-board-meeting6:30 pm Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
St. Louis City Elected School Board
Stix Early Childhood Center
647 Tower Grove (17th Ward, Central West End)
Open to the Public

Online Meeting Notice/Agenda

Also see (Appointed) Special Administrative Board’s action to remove governance of some schools from Elected School Board when transition back to Elected Board happens – 5/4/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Struggling schools in St. Louis will be given more freedom to improve

November School Board Election

State law regarding the St. Louis City Elected Board has created an unusual November School Board Election for this year. The seats held by Bill Haas (an August 2nd District Congressional Candidate) and Donna Jones are up for election.

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, July 17th and Closes August 21st.

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.
+ Must pay Filing Fee of $100

While the situation in St. Louis City is unique because of currently having an Elected School Board without governance powers and an Appointed Administrative Board making decisions, that will change, and probably sooner as opposed to later. Some additional information on running for school board in Missouri is available from the Missouri School Board Association.

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Tuesday Elected School Board Meeting

school-board-meeting5:30 pm Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
St. Louis City Elected School Board
Nahed Chapman New American Academy
1616 South Grand, The Gate District
Open to the Public

Posted Agenda includes
+Opposition to House Bill 1424 to move school board elections to November General Elections
+ Transition Discussion

Wednesday Corporate Welfare (BOA HUDZ) Meeting

yTkejEGTEMake you voice heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President. Contact information at end of post.

9 am Wednesday, February 21, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Housing, Urban Development, Zoning Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Board Bill 263 Corporate Welfare for The Danielle’s
 sponsored by 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrooks. See 2/20/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Messenger: Pier St. Louis developers back for handout from city already on the hook

Board Bill 262 & Board Bill 263 Corporate Welfare for City Foundry sponsored by 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy.

Board Bill 245 by Board President Lewis Reed, 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg, 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy for a City Economic Growth Report. Yawn. The City is going bankrupt and leaders want more studies, reports. Next up, blue ribbon commission to study report and report back.

Board Bill 186 Corporate Welfare for Grand Center Parking Garage by 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis.

+ Update on performance measures by 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg and Assessor Steve Conway.

+ Update on transportation initiative by 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis.

+ Incentive Reform 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie relative to Board Bill 250 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar. 2/18/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis aldermen approve 20-year tax abatement for 33-story apartment tower downtown

Excellent Commentary on Corporate Welfare Reform- 2/18/2018 Requiem For The Incentive Reform That Never Was by Glenn Burleigh

Members of Housing, Urban Development, and Zoning Committee: 17th Ward Alderman Joseph D Roddy, Chair; 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar; 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg; 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy; 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd; 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a member of all Board of Aldermen Committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and President Reed

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Monday: 3rd Meeting On St. Louis Public School Governance

school-board-meetingMake Your Voice Heard! Speak Out at Monday’s Meeting. Contact SLPS Special Administrative Board and tell them No Taxation Without Representation.

SLPS (Appointed) Special Administrative Board
Meeting On Future Governance Of St. Louis Public Schools
6:30 pm Monday, November 13th, 2017
Northwest Law Academy, 5140 Riverview
Topic: SLPS Governance by Hybrid Appointed Board (appointed by Mayor, Governor, etc.) with some Elected Board Members
Public Invited
Event webpage

Related news/articles…

11/10/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Researcher’s positive findings on appointed school boards fail to sway St. Louis crowd

11/7/2017 St. Louis American: Community calls for elected school board

11/7/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Speakers tell task force that elected school board is best option for St. Louis

11/6/2017 St. Louis Public Radio: Philosophy versus performance: Who should govern St. Louis Public Schools?

11/2/2017 St. Louis American: SLPS seeks input about future governance

10/27/2017 St. Louis American, Column by Elected School Board President Susan Jones: Transition to an elected SLPS board should begin now

Future meetings… 6:30 pm Monday, November 20th, 2017 Location to TBA This will be the meeting where the SAB task force on alternative forms of governance will deliberate in public on the report and recommendation they will make to the SAB.

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