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Neal Joins Normandy JEGB

Neal Joins Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board

Portis resigns from JEGB; Board elects officers for 2019-2020

NORMANDY, MO -- Anthony W. Neal was sworn in Monday as the newest member of Normandy Schools Collaborative’s Joint Executive Governing Board. Neal is replacing former JEGB Director Richard Ryffel, who stepped down after five years of service to the Collaborative.

     A resident of the district, Neal currently serves as the president/CEO and senior partner of St. Louis-based Educational Equity Consultants (EEC). He has been an active member of multiple organizations and community boards in the St. Louis area including the St. Louis Royal Vagabonds, 100 Black Men of St. Louis, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

     “Anthony is a great addition to the Joint Executive Governing Board,” said Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Margie Vandeven. “His years of experience with the St. Louis community will benefit Normandy students and faculty as they continue to make great strides toward full accreditation.”

      Neal also works as an adjunct professor at Webster University and earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. He also holds a master’s degree in minority mental health from Washington University in St. Louis, and co-authored the book, Becoming a Social Justice Leader: Using Head, Heart and Hands to Dismantle Oppression.

      Neal is a 2000 graduate of the FOCUS St. Louis Leadership program, a 2003 graduate of the Harvard University Urban Principals’ Institute, a 2006 graduate of the Vanderbilt University/ Peabody College Summer Fellows program, and a 2007 graduate of the National School Leaders Network Facilitator’s training at Wellesley College.

     “This is an honor to join the board and the Normandy family,” Neal said at the public meeting July 22. “I’m here to support our schools and families, and continue the great work that’s been done so far.”

Other Developments from the July 22 JEGB Meeting

     Rev. Cedric Portis officially announced his departure from the JEGB. Portis, a Normandy High School graduate, served as vice president and president on the JEGB. He was appointed to the board by the state Board of Education in 2015. During his tenure, the Normandy earned provisional accreditation and passed a $23 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue, allowing Normandy to build a new Early Learning Center, and additions at Washington and Jefferson schools. Portis, an engineer by trade, was intimately involved with the planning of these projects. He cited the need to spend more time with his family and his church, Third Presbyterian Church in north St. Louis County, where he serves as pastor.

     The JEGB also elected officers for the 2019-2020 school year. Officers for the upcoming school year are: Sara Foster, president; Pamela Westbrooks-Hodge, vice president; and Sheila Williams, secretary/treasurer.