The Missouri Board of Education is expected to return the governance of the Saint Louis Public School District back to the elected Board of Education before the start of the next school year. Though the appointed Special Administrative Board has been criticized as anti-democratic, we believe it has been a stabilizing force in the district and overseen a steady rise in student achievement under the leadership of Superintendent Kelvin R. Adams. It is critical that an elected board continue and build upon this progress.
We believe that Louis Cross III and David Merideth have both the life experience as well as the experience within the school district to serve the new governing board well going into the future.
Cross is well-known in the community, being a 40-year veteran of SLPS as a physical education instructor, guidance counselor and academic instructional coach. Merideth is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and an SLPS alum, and several of his 11 children are SLPS students or graduates. He has been an active parent in the district for many years.
At a candidate forum on March 25, Merideth in particular showed the leadership needed, in a state like Missouri, to preserve the proper teaching of science and the scientific method in our public schools, correctly identifying evolution as “a scientific theory” and creationism as a subject of “religious studies.”
Both Cross and Merideth have the support from the local teacher’s union – and they have our support. We strongly endorse Louis Cross III and David Merideth for the Saint Louis Public School Board of Education.