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Results not certified, but School Board challengers sworn in

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Jones and Downs

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis – A St. Louis circuit judge officially swore in the city's two newest school board members Thursday, even thought the results of the elections have not been certified.

Peter Downs and Donna Jones replace incumbents Darnetta Clinkscale and Jim Buford, who lost their seats in Tuesday's election.

The re-organized board now turns to the job of prioritizing programs outlined in the district's new five-year strategic plan.

Donna Jones said she's especially concerned with issues of student behavior.

"First of all, I do want to look at the transportation issues and also the discipline issues and the re-opening of the alternative schools and see what the superintendent has going on with that," Jones said. "I think a lot of parents and teachers are very concerned about that, and we need to address those issues immediately."

The next public meeting with the new board is set for April 18.

Scott Leiendecker, the city's Republican election director, says the candidates also have some last papers to file with the board. He says Downs and Jones will have to be sworn in again because, at this point, they're not officially School Board members yet.

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