Document Type



Doctor of Philosophy


Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Date of Defense


Graduate Advisor

Dr. Matthew Davis, Ph.D.


Dr. Thomasina F. Hassler, Ph.D.

Dr. Carl Hoagland, Ph.D.

Dr. Timothy Makubuya, Ph.D.


This study explores the closing of Wellston School District as an act of contempt and oppression. This study looks at the history of the Wellston community and also examines many micro-aggressive acts of oppression. Also, examined and discussed will be the impact of economic disenfranchisement, demographic change, historical memory, and school funding and accountability. This study uncovered a counter-narrative that helps to usurp the prevailing master narrative and rhetoric surrounding the closing and subsequent merger of the Wellston School District with the Normandy School District.

This historical analysis will rely heavily upon the use of CRT to undergird the conceptual analysis while looking through the lens of history with objective eyes to uncover the real reason the state of Missouri closed the Wellston School District.