Voters Prepare For Municipal Elections; School Board Races Are Key | St. Louis Public Radio

Voters Prepare For Municipal Elections; School Board Races Are Key

Apr 6, 2014

Tuesday is Election Day throughout the region, and voters will be asked to decide on local leaders, school board members and tax and bond issues.

April 8 is municipal election day.
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While there are few high-profile races or issues on the ballot,  several school board races are expected to be particularly consequential.

In Normandy, a school district whose very existence is up in the air, three seats on the school board are being contested. At issue is whether the incumbents should have handled the transfer situation differently or more aggressively. One of the incumbent board members urged voters to turn the current board members out and vote for any of the challengers instead.

In Ferguson-Florissant, the school board races have been influenced by the controversy over the popular but now departed superintendent, Art McCoy. In part, the discussion about McCoy has been about race. He is African American, as is a majority of the Ferguson-Florissant student body, but no members of the current school board are black. All three members of the slate in the race are black.

Dale Singer has reported extensively on these races.

Here's what you need to know: