Monday, March 18, 2013
The school board received additional information on a shortage for the 2012-2013 school year.
While parents and teachers focused on the Ferguson-Florissant 2013-2014 budget situation last week, the current fiscal year budget also came up for an update with not much better news. Chief Human Resources Officer Amy Joyce informed the board last week that more changes need to be made with a growing deficit for this school year. When the board approved the $139 million budget, the district anticipated a deficit of $1.5 million, but the district actually faces a $4.1 million shortfall for this year, according to district documents. The shortfall comes as a part of the decrease in tax revenues from Boeing, a reduction in state aid as well as a reduction in assessed utility tax. So far this year, the district has already dipped into …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Brian Scott Ebert jumps into the "deep end of the pool" to join Schroeder and others on the school board.
After winning seats on the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education Tuesday night, incumbent Paul Schroeder and Brian Scott Ebert have hit the ground running. Schroeder held on to his seat, while Ebert earned his seat by winning with 2,566 and 2,809 votes, respectively. Ebert and Schroeder were both on their way to meet with the board and catch Ebert up on some of his new responsibilities and training he would need to get done. Ebert said that Tuesday night was an unbelievable night and that even with a lot of work ahead of him, he’s recovering from the long election night. “I’ve been on both sides of the coin, I’ve won and loss,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “The line that ‘it feels a lot better to win,’ is so true.” Despite feeling a …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The two will tour Florissant area schools as a part of Black History Month.
With a big political season building up and Black History Month at the halfway point, Mayor Tom Schneider and Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Art McCoy have attempted to make an impact on area students. The two have paired up for a speaking series throughout the month of February and early March to speak to students about citizenship, civil rights and giving back to the community. Mayor Schneider said that the history speeches are a part of what he’s done traditionally in the past, and after a lunch meeting with the superintendent, both decided to do it together in February and March. “We’re trying to let students know that they have a great opportunity, and we want them to take advantage of it,” he said. Schneider said the first …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Superintendent Art McCoy has been selected for the honor.
The St. Louis Business Journal has named Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Art McCoy, 34, as one of its 2012 40 under 40. "It's an honor to represent the community, to serve the community," McCoy told Florissant Patch. "I'm delighted, and I intend to pay it forward and do the best for our kids." Each year, the St. Louis Business Journal selects 40 business leaders from the St. Louis area who are doing good things in business and in the community. McCoy became the superintendent last year following the retirement of Jeff Spiegel. Previously, he served as the assistant superintendent for secondary education with the district. McCoy as well as 39 others will be honored at an awards ceremony on Feb. 9 at the Chase Park Plaza. More …
Monday, August 15, 2011
Debbie Phipps takes this round's prize.
We’ve got our latest winner for this past week’s quiz, and that’s Debbie Phipps. Debbie correctly answered all of the questions, and she’s won a $20 St. Louis Bread Company card. The answers from last week’s quiz are:
Friday, August 12, 2011
Superintendent Art McCoy outlines a rundown of focal points and goals for the district.
During Florissant Patch’s conversation with Ferguson-Florissant superintendent Art McCoy, he mentioned a number of initiatives and programs laid out for the district as well as his overall vision for this year and coming years. We give a rundown of goals and focus points given by McCoy. Motto: Excellence and equity every day The focus for the 2011-12 – 3 P's Goals
This week's quiz follows our back to school coverage as well as the city council's decision-making.
Our weekly quiz features questions from stories that we posted Monday through Thursday, as well as a trivia question about our community. KEEP IN MIND: This week's quiz is:
Thursday, August 11, 2011
At the age of 34, Art McCoy plans to be around for not just a few years but a generation.
According to the American Association of School Administrators, the average age of a superintendent falls between 54 and 55. For Art McCoy, the new superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, he’s defied the expectation by more than 20 years. McCoy, 34, took the reins of the district on July 1 and has moved swiftly into getting ready for the 2011-12 school year. Before opening the doors to students for the new year, he had already helped receive new programs and grants for students in the district, scheduled town hall meetings for community members and parents in the district, and established several councils to reinforce relationships with communities. However, the official transition for the job started in January. The …
Thursday, June 9, 2011
As Art McCoy prepares to step into superintendent role, he's assembled several to assist in his promotion.
With Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Art McCoy set to take the superintendent reins in July, he announced new administrators who will be joining him in his new position on Wednesday. Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Jeff Spiegel steps down on June 30 after working for the district for the past 35 years. McCoy made a presentation to the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education Wednesday night on the newly selected administrators for the coming school year. McCoy announced the following as new administrators: Whitesell has been the principal of McCluer High School for the past 12 years and was recently named Principal of the Year by the St. Louis Association of Secondary School Principals. Spiller has previously served as …
Monday, April 25, 2011
Students will keep same teachers and be shuttled to classes at Ferguson Middle, January-Wabash schools.
Griffith Elementary School in Ferguson will be closed for the rest of the school year due to the Good Friday storm damage. Winds tore the roof off the school’s gymnasium and caused structural and roof damage in other parts of the building, said Art McCoy, assistant superintendent for secondary education for the Ferguson-Florissant School District. The building is at 200 Day Drive along Chambers Road. District officials also announced that power has been restored to Central and Airport elementary schools in Berkeley. Power had been out in the area since Friday's storms, but school will resume Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, insurance agents are assessing water damage sustained during the storm, McCoy said, who will be appointed the district’s …