Ferguson schools name new superintendent

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Joseph Davis

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) _ The Ferguson-Florissant School District has hired a Harvard-trained educator who leads a rural North Carolina school system as its next superintendent.

Joseph Davis of Plymouth, North Carolina was one of two finalists for the job. The school system announced his hiring on Wednesday. He begins work this summer.

Davis replaces Art McCoy, who resigned last spring after he was suspended. McCoy’s departure led to widespread public criticism.

Davis will oversee a school system that serves 11,000 students from nine communities, including neighboring Ferguson and Florissant. The district is in danger of losing its state accreditation for the next academic year after declining student test scores led to it being placed on provisional accreditation in 2014.