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New schools chief says classes will start on time

Diana Bourisaw, at a press conference Monday (KWMU photo)

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU


St. Louis – St. Louis schools interim superintendent Diana Bourisaw is vowing to start classes on time next month.

Her promise comes as an unknown number of teachers still wait to hear where they'll be assigned.

Diana Bourisaw spent much of her first official day on the job fielding questions about the course of the next school year.

In May, hundreds of employees were made to re-apply for their jobs, and the teachers' union still has not been given specific information. But Bourisaw says her team is working to ensure a smooth start.

"I know I as a parent, my primary concern is what teacher is in the classroom when my child enters school August 28," Bourisaw said. "And so that's our job is to ensure that happens successfully."

Bourisaw's installation on the heels of former superintendent Creg Williams' resignation last Friday has prompted St. Louis mayor Francis Slay to call for a state takeover of the district.

KWMUs Kevin Lavery prepared this report.

Programming Note: Join a conversation about the school district Tuesday morning at 11:00 on KWMUs St. Louis on the Air with host Don Marsh.


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