Ferguson-Florissant School District elections (2014)

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2014 Ferguson-Florissant School District Elections

General Election date:
April 8, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Ferguson-Florissant School District
St. Louis County, Missouri ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Missouri
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Three seats on the Ferguson-Florissant School District school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014.

About the district

Ferguson-Florissant School District, Missouri
Ferguson-Florissant School District is located in St. Louis County in Floissant, Missouri. It is located in the largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Florissant is home to 52,158 residents.[1]


Florissant outperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.6 percent of Florissant residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.8 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Florissant was $51,529 compared to $47,333 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Florissant was 15.0 percent compared to 8.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Florissant (%) Missouri (%)
White 69.3 82.8
Black or African American 26.8 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.5
Asian 0.8 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.0 3.5

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[2]

Method of board member selection

The Ferguson-Florissant School District consists of seven members elected at-large to three-year terms. There was no primary election, and the general election was held on April 8, 2014.[3] Three at-large seats were on the ballot in 2014, two seats will be on the ballot in 2015 and the remaining seats will appear on the ballot in 2016.[4]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was January 28, 2014.[5]





Election results

Paul T. Morris, Robert Chabot and Donna Paulette-Thurman defeated five challengers in the April 8, 2014 election.

Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Directors, At Large General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Chabot 18% 2,898
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Paulette-Thurman 17% 2,733
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul T. Morris 15.6% 2,516
     Nonpartisan James A. Savala 15.1% 2,425
     Nonpartisan Kimberly A. Benz 13.9% 2,230
     Nonpartisan F. Willis Johnson, Jr. 13.2% 2,118
     Nonpartisan LaWanda Wallace 3.7% 590
     Nonpartisan Larry Thomas 3.5% 568
Total Votes 16,078


Paul T. Morris, Robert Chabot and James Savala were endorsed by the Missouri National Education Association.[6]

Campaign finance

No candidate filed a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.[7]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Three seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Paul T. Morris and Robert Chabot faced six challengers.[3]

Issues in the election

Suspension of Superintendent

On November 6, 2013, the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education voted 6-1 to place Superintendent Art McCoy on suspension with pay, citing "differences in focus and philosophy" as the stated reason. Board member Paul Schroeder was the only dissenting voter. Board of Education President Paul Morris stated the board's action were not an indication of wrongdoing on McCoy's part. On the following Friday, a press conference was held where over 60 supporters called for the Superintendent to be re-instated. At a board meeting later in November, 1,500 community members demonstrated to show their support for Superintendent McCoy. A closed hearing date has been set for February 24, 2014 to determine whether there is cause to terminate McCoy's contract. McCoy is a black Superintendent in a district where 78% of the students are black.[9][10][11]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Kansas City Public Schools election in 2014:[5][12]

Deadline Event
December 17, 2013 First Day for Candidate Filing
January 21, 2014 Last Day for Candidate Filing
January 28, 2014 Deadline for entities to certify elections to election authority
February 25, 2014 First Day for Absentee Voting
April 2, 2014 Last Day Absentee Ballot can be mailed
March 12, 2014 Voter Registration deadline
April 8, 2014 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

The April 8, 2014 General Municipal Election featured races for local, municipal and school positions. Additional election information is available on the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners website.[13]

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