Full Name
Art McCoy
Superintendent of Schools, Jennings School District
Speaker Bio
Dr. Art McCoy is Missouri's youngest certified teacher and superintendent, an education and community leader in Ferguson, Missouri and beyond, and a chief executive officer managing budgets over $150 million, over 3000 staff and 40,000 individuals for many years. Dr. McCoy’s most distinct honor thus far has been to serve our nation as a distinguished educator, local government public servant, and superintendent for nearly three decades.

Since 2000, Dr. McCoy has worked with multiple governors and U.S. Secretaries of Education and their teams, including Rod Page with NCLB, Arne Duncan with the Blueprint of America and Race to the Top, and John King with the School Improvement Grant and McKinney Veto Act. Despite any opposing forces, he aids all to overcome.

Most recently, under Dr. Art McCoy’s leadership in the 2018-2019 school year, Jennings made Missouri history as the only district performing at the “Accredited with Distinction” range on the Missouri Accreditation Annual Performance Report regardless of over 90% minorities and over 90% of students on free meals. Jennings is the only Missouri school district to create and operate: 2 school-based clinics for all medical and mental health student needs, 2 homeless shelters to reduce homelessness called Hope House I & II, 2 grocery store food hubs--the J Town Market and Fairview Food Hub, Centers for Healing Engagement with Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Jennings was the only district in all of St. Louis to resume in-person PK-12 schooling in July 2020 during COVID-19 successfully with zero cases of student transmission throughout all of 2020. Since March 2020, Dr. McCoy has served as a leader guiding 60 superintendents and empowering others as a Johns Hopkins University Certified Contact Tracer locally. He serves on Missouri’s Governor’s COVID-19 Council, and nationally and internationally on numerous boards, as an expert for reopening organizations, advising education leaders, various officials, and corporations.
Art McCoy