Diana Bourisaw

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Diana Bourisaw is the current superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools. She was the superintendent of the Fox School District, Sacramento City Unified School District and served on the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Special Education at Truman State University, along with her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Iowa State University. She is also the author of the 1997 book title Judgment (ISBN 1883001374).

On May 2nd, 2006, the St. Louis Board of Education chose to audit itself, hiring Education Options Ltd. to conduct it. Diana Bourisaw is the president of Education Options Ltd.

On July 17th, 2006, Burisaw took office as the interim superintendent of the St. Louis Public School District. She stated that she would take a leave of absence from being president of Education Options Ltd. Her appointment as superintendent came with much criticism from Governor Matt Blunt. [1]

On September 13, 2006, the St. Louis Board of Education voted 4-2 to remove Bourisaw's "interm" title as superintendent. [2]

Conflict with Veronica O'Brien

In early 2007, a growing feud between the newly appointed Bourisaw, and School Board President Veronica O'Brien caught the public eye. Arguments over policy turned into public accusations and name-calling. In a closed door meeting of the Board of Education, two members of the Board and O'Brien attempted to force Bourisaw to resign. Below is a video of interviews immediately after the meeting. <youtube v="RDlAFeguOug" />


In one highly publicized incident on March 18th, 2007, O'Brien entered Bourisaw's office, demanded to speak to her, and hung up Bourisaw's phone while she was speaking to a state senator. The news story on KDSK follows. <youtube v="JpqFyXBiMfk" />


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