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Paul T. Morris
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Board member, Ferguson-Florissant School Board, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
2017
Years in position 3
Leadership
President
1
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 5, 2011
Next generalApril 8, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNortheast Missouri State University
Personal
ProfessionBusiness owner, adjunct professor
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Paul T. Morris is an incumbent member and a successful candidate for an at-large seat on the Ferguson-Florissant School District school board in Missouri. Morris was opposed by six challengers and one incumbent for three seats on the Board of Education.

Biography

Paul T. Morris is an incumbent member of the Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education. He was first elected to the position in 2011. Morris is the owner of Laser Wood Products and has also taught as an adjunct professor at St. Louis Community College. Morris also served on the Landmarks Commission for the City of Ferguson.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Ferguson-Florissant School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Paul T. Morris was opposed by incumbent Robert Chabot and challengers Kimberly Benz, F. Willis Johnson Jr., Donna Paulette-Thurman, James Savala, Larry Thomas and LaWanda Wallace for three at-large seats in the general election on April 8, 2014.

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
Source: St. Louis County, "GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION UNOFFICIAL RESULTS," April 9, 2014

Funding

Morris did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.[2]

Endorsements

Morris did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Elections

On April 5, 2011, Robert Chabot, Paul T. Morris and Chris Martinez defeated six candidates for three seats on the Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education.

Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education, 3 Year Term At Large General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Martinez 19.8% 4,598
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul T. Morris 14.3% 3,305
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Chabot 13.3% 3,080
     Nonpartisan Vanessa Hawkins 12.5% 2,890
     Nonpartisan Doris Ann Graham 12.1% 2,795
     Nonpartisan Brian Scott Ebert 11.5% 2,667
     Nonpartisan James H. Clark 9.7% 2,257
     Nonpartisan Les D. Lentz 4.4% 1,027
     Nonpartisan Joseph Hosea 2.4% 566
Total Votes 23,185
Source: St. Louis County, "Election Results April 5, 2011," accessed February 13, 2014

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. The Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education currently has no black members.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

Demographics

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% of Florissant residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 25.8% 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% compared to 8.6% for the entire state.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[8]

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