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Ferguson-Florissant School Board Places Superintendent on Leave

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FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOX) - The Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education voted Thursday to place the district’s superintendent, Dr. Art McCoy, on administrative leave.

“This decision reflects differences in focus and philosophy between the Board and superintendent and is not an indication of wrongdoing,” board president Paul Morris wrote in a press release.

Dr. McCoy will be paid during his administrative leave. No timeframe has been set for how long it will last.

The district’s Chief Accountability Officer Larry Larrew will act as superintendent in McCoy’s absence.

“Serving the students and families of the Ferguson-Florissant School District is our top priority, and this mission will remain the focus of our teachers, staff and administrators during this time,” Morris added.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a statement Thursday, stating that employment and personnel decisions are handled by local boards of education.

“The Department is in communication with the Ferguson-Florissant School District and will provide support as necessary to ensure a smooth transition for the students,” a department spokesman said in the statement.

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