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.

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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

School Board Candidate Survey Responses

7th Ward Independent Democrats 2015 St. Louis School Board Candidates Survey Results

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

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

We received responses from Natalie A. Vowell, David L. Jackson, Jr., Katherine Wessling, and Charli A. Cooksey. To date, we have not received responses from Thomas R. Oldenburg and Joey C. Hollins. Oldenburg has since bowed out of the race.

Natalie A. Vowell, David L. Jackson, Jr., and Charli A. Cooksey participated in our Candidate Forum on March 16. Katherine Wessling was out-of-town and, therefore, unavailable for the forum. Joey C. Hollins was contacted several times and did not respond.

15th Ward Democrats also have their School Board Candidate Questionnaire posted online. 

Voters will choose two School Board Candidates at the April 7th General Election. The incumbents are David L. Jackson, Jr. and Katherine Wessling.

Contact, neighborhood, and ward information on the School Board Candidates may be found here.

Information on ballot issues and other candidate races on the April 7th Ballot may be found here.

7th Ward Independent Democrats Endorsements are here.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Proponent Speaker Needed On Lafayette Square Special Business District

We need a Proponent Speaker on the Lafayette Square Special Business District for our 7 pm Monday April General Election Forum. Unfortunately, “Looking Forward Lafayette Square, SBD Study Committee” is not able to provide a Proponent Speaker because of the late notice on our part. The request for a speaker was made this week because we believed that we had a Proponent Speaker and it turned out that we didn’t. Miscommunication on our part.

In lieu of a Proponent Speaker, the group has advised us to refer people to the Lafayette Square website. We have an Opponent Speaker booked, so sending people to a website does not provide proper balance on the topic at Monday night’s event.

We are in search of someone to take one for democracy, read up on the issue from that website, and speak in favor of the ballot issue at the Monday event.

If you are interested in this assignment, please email ward7stl@aol.com or call 436-5311.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman