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Williams, Cuneo, Westbury re-elected to SSD Board of Education

Three candidates who were elected to seats on the Special School District of St. Louis County’s Board of Education were sworn in and seated at the Board’s March 11, 2014, meeting.

Those elected to the Board are:
  • Incumbent Dr. Zella Williams represents Subdistrict 1, which includes the Hazelwood and Jennings school districts. A retired administrator with the Hazelwood School District, Williams joined the SSD Board of Education in 2009. During her 38-year career in education, she served as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, principal and assistant superintendent. She was named Hazelwood School District’s assistant superintendent for school accountability in 2003, a position she held until her retirement.
  • Incumbent Dr. Daniel Cuneo joined the SSD Board of Education in 2000. As the Subdistrict 2 representative, Cuneo serves the Affton, Bayless, Hancock Place and Mehlville school districts. Cuneo, who is a clinical psychologist, currently works as a court psychologist and psychological consultant and serves as an adjunct assistant professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
  • Incumbent Dr. James Westbury spent his 37-year career in public education in the Normandy School District. He served as an elementary and secondary teacher, football and track coach, elementary school principal, district administrator, assistant superintendent and superintendent for 11 years. Since his retirement in 1987, he has worked as an educational consultant. Westbury joined the SSD Board of Education in 2000. He represents Subdistrict 7, which covers the Ladue and Rockwood school districts.

After the Board members were sworn in, election of officers was held. Dr. Dan Cuneo (Subdistrict 2 – Affton, Bayless, Hancock Place and Mehlville school districts) was elected Board president; Ms. Jan Goodman (Subdistrict 6 – Clayton, Normandy, Ritenour and University City school districts) was elected Board vice president; and Mr. John Koeper (Subdistrict 4 – Ferguson-Florissant, Pattonville and Riverview Gardens school districts) was elected Board secretary.

With the passage of Proposition S in 1998, SSD Board of Education members are interviewed and elected by the District's Governing Council. The Governing Council is comprised of one Board of Education representative from each of the 22 school districts in St. Louis County.

The SSD Governing Council elected the Board of Education members at its meeting on March 3, 2014.

All three candidates were unopposed and will serve three-year terms.
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