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School Board Membership Changes

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – The three spots filled on the St. Louis School Board by Tuesday's election won't necessarily change the dynamic of the board.

The last two years have seen the board split dramatically over whether to hire a corporate turn-around firm, school closings, and other issues.

Voters chose two candidates who have criticized the board's majority, Veronica O'Brien and Bill Purdy. O'Brien, who was appointed by the mayor last year but later broke with him, says she was excited by the results.

"I think the people sent a very strong message that they want to work with me toward restoring the trust and confidence in our school system," O'Brien said.

Yet O'Brien says she doesn't expect much to change.

While voters chose only one of Mayor Francis Slay's endorsed candidates, Flint Fowler, the board's majority remains intact.

But Board President Darnetta Clinkscale says she's happy the election is over and says she's looking forward to working with all members.

"I think new board opportunity to move forward keeping that in mind and working towards changing outcomes for children," she said.


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