No incumbents file in St. Louis school board race

A total of six candidates filed to run for two at-large seats on the St. Louis Public Schools Board of Education in Missouri. The general election is on April 2, and the filing deadline passed on January 15. Both seats are open since neither incumbent chose to file for re-election. Former incumbent Bill Haas lost his re-election bid on November 6, 2018, and has filed to run again in 2019.
 
In St. Louis Public Schools, even-year elections are held on the statewide general election date in November, while odd-year elections are held on the first Tuesday of April. In 2018, seven candidates filed to run for two seats, including both of the incumbents. In 2017, seven candidates filed to run for three seats, including two incumbents.
 
A 2007 decision made by the Missouri state government stripped the elected St. Louis school board of its power and the district of its accreditation. The district earned its accreditation back in January 2017, but the board still does not have control of the district as of the 2019 election. Oversight of the district instead rests with an appointed three-member Special Administrative Board, although the school board continues to hold elections for its seats.
 
St. Louis Public Schools is the largest school district in Missouri in 2019. The district served 28,960 students during the 2015-2016 school year. This year, Ballotpedia is covering 29 school board seats up for election across 11 school districts in Missouri.



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