James H. Clark
Florissant Patch: Do you have any children or grandchildren?
Jim Clark: We have three grown children who went to Halls Ferry, Parker Road, Cross Keys and McCluer North. We have five grandchildren, two in Springfield, MO and two in Indianapolis, IN. We have one granddaughter that lives in the St. Louis area and will graduate this year.
Florissant Patch: What issues are important to the Ferguson-Florissant School Board?
Clark: We want all of our students to be successful. We want high achievement for all our students. We need to be fiscally responsible with our taxpayers monies. We are fully accredited and met nine of 14 standards in 2008. We need to remain fully accredited.
Florissant Patch: What issues are important to the District as a whole?
Clark: During this time of transition, there is a new superintendent taking over the district, I believe it very important that the constituents of the district retain the Board of Education that selected to be our next superintendent. It is hard enough to steer this big ship when you have a cohesive board, but will be an impossible task if you have a board that is divided and one that didn’t select the new superintendent. The children of the district and the taxpayers of the District will suffer.
Florissant Patch: Why did you decide to run?
Clark: With three decades as a public servant to the and community, I was not planning to run this year. After the naming of an internal candidate as the school leader, I feel it is my duty to support Dr. Art McCoy as he assumes the duties of superintendent for our district.
Florissant Patch: Do you have a message for voters?
Clark: The three incumbents will appreciate your support. Now is not the time to change the composition of the school board. First, the new superintendent clearly has support from the Board that brought him on board. Secondly, consistent and cohesive board governance is key to school district success. The three incumbents will appreciate your support.