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Elected St. Louis School Board admits it's not in charge

By Adam Allington, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The elected St. Louis School Board has for the first time admitted that it is no longer in charge of the district. It lost that power when the state took over the district.

At Tuesday night's school board meeting, which superintendent Diana Bourisaw did not attend, board member David Jackson even suggested the board stop meeting until all legal arguments surrounding the takeover are resolved.

"As you see now we have no administrators, we don't have a superintendent, we don't have information, we're not doing anything but having public comment," Jackson observed, in a comment that drew boos and rebukes from the small crowd.

"Of the five of us sitting up here elected, four of us have kids in this district," noted board member Katherine Wessling. "We have to continue to be the voice of the people because we see what's going on. We can't cease and desist what we're doing, whether we have power is not the issue, we are members of this community."

Given a legal appeal process which is likely to move from circuit court, to appeals court, and finally to the Missouri Supreme Court, the legal question isn't likely to disappear quickly.

The elected school board plans to keep monitoring the district and asking questions-even if they aren't required an answer.

The Transitional School Board, which is in charge, will hold its next public meeting at 6:00 p.m. Thursday at the district's downtown administrative building.

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