Working for Our Kids and Community

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The last few years have been tumultuous for St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS), to say the least. Fortunately, it seems as though the light at the end of the tunnel has emerged. Thanks to hardworking educators, administrators, parents, and students, SLPS have regained accreditation.

But, the work doesn’t stop there. When it comes to quality public education in the City of St. Louis, we still have daunting challenges before us. Approximately 20% of children within SLPS report issues with housing insecurity. We also know that these kids are disproportionately at risk of experiencing other traumas, whether it be from neighborhood violence, abuse, or problems associated substance use.

These risk factors prevent students from achieving their best possible outcomes; we see negative impacts on their academic success, physical and mental health, and overall well-being.

This is why I am running for a seat on the St. Louis Public Schools Board of Education. The future of our kids–and therefore the future of our city–is in a precarious position. We have the opportunity to lift up our most vulnerable children and families, and to provide them the supports they need to thrive.

As your elected school board member, I intend to elevate SLPS by promoting the health and wellness of students, encouraging innovation in education, altering the public school landscape, and paying our teachers what they deserve. To learn more about each of these initiatives specifically, or how you can get involved, visit the Ideas and Get Involved sections of this website.

I sincerely appreciate your support, and I hope you will join me in my run for St. Louis City School Board.

Thank you,
Jared Opsal