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Amidst student protest, Ferguson Florissant BOE to meet on Supt.

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FLORISSANT, MO. (KTVI) – Students in the Ferguson Florissant school district are protesting and speaking out about the suspension of the district superintendent.

Reporter Dan Gray was at McCluer North High School, one of four schools where demonstrations were held today.

McCluer North High School has an enrollment of about 1,700 students, Wednesday  morning about 200 of them demonstrated shortly after 8 am.

These pictures were of students from McCluer North, were placed on social media websites.
A district spokesperson said the protest lasted about ten minutes in hallways and a common area
where students expressed their disappointment with Dr. Art McCoy being put on administrative leave by the board of education.

Other demonstrations were held McCluer South Berkeley High School and at Cross Keys Middle School where the principals arranged for students to gather in auditoriums and express their opinions.  McCluer high school also had protest.

Last week the board of education said it put McCoy on administrative leave because of focus and philosophical differences.

But last night the board president Paul Morris sent a letter to parents saying the board is grateful for  contributions made by Dr. McCoy, but they had concerns regarding compliance with board directives were significant enough to warrant action.

A district spokesperson said part of their mission is to teach and encourage students to participate in the democratic process.  She said teachers are talking about the suspension of McCoy in classrooms and some students have written letters which will be presented to the board at its meeting Wednesday night.

And that board meeting has been moved to the gym at McCluer North because a large crowd is expected.  The meeting begins at 7 pm.

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