(KTVI)-- A controversy over the suspension of Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Dr. Art McCoy brought an estimated crowd of 1,500 people to Wednesday night`s regularly scheduled school board meeting.
The auditorium at McCleur North High School was filled with a large majority of supporters for McCoy. Some parents and students believe race played a part in McCoy`s suspension. McCoy is African Americanand there are no African Americans on the board.
Board President Paul Morris sent a letter home to parents trying to explain why Mccoy was suspended. The letter stated the board had concerns over McCoy`s ability to follow district directives.
"I just want to assure the public that we are working in the best interest of them to resolve this matter as quickly as possible," said Morris.
He went on to say that the board could not go into their reasons for the suspension because doing so would violate Missouri law. The letter denied race had any part in what one board member called, 'the most difficult decision I have ever made.'
One parent addressed the board and challenged its interpretation of the law. Redditt Hudson has worked with the ACLU on a variety of issues.
"Personnel matters are permitted under the sunshine law at your discretion," Hudson told the board. "Particularly if Dr. McCoy was to say, go ahead and say what you had mistrust in me about."
"The board will meet over the next week or so to hopefully resolve the issue one wayor another," said Morris.