Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

For the City School Board

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

For the City School Board

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With the possibility that the voluntary desegregation program may be undergoing significant change, this year's election for the city School Board is particularly important. Superintendent Cleveland Hammonds Jr. has moved to streamline administration, and legislation in Jefferson City aims to redistribute money according to poverty, not race.

Those trends, plus the ever-present concerns about student achievement, safety and graduation rates, will pose challenges for whoever wins the four six-year terms and the one unexpired four- year term up for election on Tuesday

For the unexpired term, a vacancy created by the resignation of the Rev. Earl Nance Jr., a field of five candidates has filed. All have some good ideas for how the city schools should operate, but the one with the best platform is James E. Hudson. A lifelong resident of the city and a graduate of city schools, he has worked as a community program coordinator at Blow Middle School and was named "Missouri Community Educator of the Year" in 1983. His plans to attract resources to make the city schools as strong as they can be should persuade voters to choose James E. Hudson.

For the four six-year terms, this year's election is the first in a while in which all the candidates are running individually instead of in slates. The only incumbent in the field, William "Bill" Purdy, has a long and solid background of accomplishment as a teacher and administrator as well as a board member that recommends his return to the board. His expertise; his enthusiasm for school-based management, which pushes decision making down to the local level; and his insistence on high expectations for all students make William "Bill" Purdy a strong choice for re-election.

Another clearly superior candidate is Dana S. Person, the owner of a computer consulting and multimedia development firm who has been active in the community. …

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