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.

Support Public School Governance By Our Elected School Board – Stop SB 1099

schoolHybrid governance of St. Louis Public Schools is not what we want. It’s not what we asked for at the governance town hall meetings. It’s not something any expert advanced during the town hall meetings. It’s not what we wrote letters for.

And, yet, that is what the City’s two state senators seek to force it upon us.

SchoolBoardSB1099

Please contact your State Senator and State Representative and ask them to oppose Senate Bill  1099 by State Senator Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis).

Use Legislator Look-Up to find your state senator and state representative.

In the news… 3/13/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Appointed board urges state safeguards to ensure St. Louis schools succeed

School Board President Susan Jones will be a speaker Monday at Drinking Liberally Happy Hour. RSVP to mtceselski@aol.com.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

 

Tuesday Elected School Board Meeting With Special Administrative Board

school5:30 pm Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
St. Louis City Elected School Board
Special Meeting with (Appointed) Special Administrative Board
St. Louis Public Schools Administrative Bldg
801 N 11th, Room 108
Open to the Public

Posted Agenda includes
+SAB Recommendations to Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding Transition
+ Transition Discussion

 

Wednesday Vote On Public School Governance?

schoolNoon Wednesday, January 17, 2018
SLPS Special Committee on Governance
Room 108, SLPS Administrative Building
801 N 11th
Open to the Public

Meeting Notice/Agenda

Agenda:
Review of Board Governance Public Engagement Summary Report
Discussion of St. Louis Public School Foundation Report
Discussion of Danforth Committee Report
Discussion and Vote on Recommended Forms of Governance Structure
Discussion and Vote on Recommended Transition and Timelines

Monday Public School Future Governance Meeting

school-board-meeting4 pm Monday, December 4th, 2017
St. Louis Public Schools (Appointed) Special Administrative Board
Special Committee on Governance
SLPS Administrative Building, 801 N. 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Meeting Notice/Agenda

Previous information posted on elected vs. appointed school boards including news articles on SAB public meetings.

Committeewoman recently blogged about outstate school district problems. 

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.

Thursday Meeting On Future of Elected Public School Board

school-board-meeting6:30 pm Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Central VPA HS, 3125 S. Kingshighway @ Arsenal
Note: school parking lot is entered off Kemper Avenue, the street one block south of Arsenal
Public Invited

Topic: Appointed Board Governance (appointed by Mayor, Governor, etc.), General Assembling eliminating Elected School Board

Event webpage

Related news articles…

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 13th, 2017 Northwest Law Academy, at 5140 Riverview Blvd This will be the meeting on Hybrid Appointed & Elected Board Governance

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.

Monday Meeting On Future Elected School Board Governance

school-board-meetingMake your voices heard.

Stop taxation without representation.

Return control of our public schools to our elected school board.

6:30 pm Monday, November 6th, 2017
Public Schools Appointed Special Administrative Board
Meeting on Elected Board Governance V
Vashon High School, 3035 Cass
Public Invited
Event webpage

10/11/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Who should run St. Louis schools? Appointed and elected school boards trying to figure that out

The SAB is holding the first of 4 meetings by a special task force it is rushing into being to study alternative forms of governance for the SLPS. Each meeting will be on a different form of governance, elected boards, appointed boards and hybrid boards which are part appointed and part elected.

It is part of an expedited process the SAB has cooked up to study alternative forms of governance for the SLPS. It will result in the SAB sending a recommendation to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on the future of governance for the SLPS.

This will happen before the end of December so that if any legislation has to be submitted to the Missouri General Assembly, changing how our school board is chosen, DESE will have the time to do so for the 2018 session.

Experts from the Missouri School Boards Association will present information about elected boards to a special task force that the SAB is forming to evaluate the information provided and ask questions of the experts. SAB Member Gaines said the public will also be able to ask questions. There will be opportunities for the public to make their opinions known via the SLPS website and other means.

Subsequent meetings on appointed boards and hybrid boards will be…

6:30 pm Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Central VPA HS, 3125 S. Kingshighway @ Arsenal
Note: school parking lot is entered off Kemper Avenue, the street one block south of Arsenal and Monday
This will be the meeting on Appointed Board Governance

6:30 pm Monday, November 13th, 2017
Northwest HS, at 5140 Riverview Blvd
This will be the meeting on Hybrid Appointed & Elected Board Governance

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.

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