Preparing for Leadership Changes…

Ladue Schools to Start 2013-14 School Year
With New Superintendent and New High School Principal

The Ladue School District will begin the 2013-14 school year with a new superintendent, as well as a new principal at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.  Plans are well underway to fill both positions and those selected will assume their responsibilities at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year beginning July 1, 2013.

“Changes in leadership often bring new opportunities, as well as fresh perspectives to a school district,” states Acting Superintendent Dr. Judy Sclair.  Dr. Sclair is maintaining her responsibilities leading the district’s Human Resources department, as she also fills the role of Acting Superintendent through the remainder of the 2012-13 school year which ends June 30, 2013.

Filling the Superintendent Position

The district’s Superintendent Dr. Marsha Chappelow announced her retirement at the end of the 2012-13 school year on September 24, 2012, subsequently requesting “professional leave for personal reasons” beginning December 1, 2012 which was granted by the Board of Education on November 30, 2012.

The Board of Education has selected McPherson & Jacobson, LLC to assist the Board with the search and interview process for the next superintendent.  The process will include the opportunity for representative parents, students, teachers and other staff members to provide input into the characteristics, skills and knowledge they believe will be essential to the success of the next superintendent.

In addition, all residents of the Ladue Schools community are invited to attend a Community Forum in the Ladue Horton Watkins High School cafeteria on January 8, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to share their views regarding the qualities required of a successful superintendent for the Ladue School District.

The Board of Education, along with the search firm, will begin screening applications after the January 21, 2013 application deadline, with finalists being selected by the Board of Education by February 5, 2013.  Interviews are currently scheduled to take place in mid-February, with the Board of Education making their selection and announcement of the new superintendent by the February 28, 2013 Board of Education Meeting.

Filling the High School Principal Position

On November 12, 2012 the Board of Education accepted the resignation of Dr. Bridget Hermann at the end of the 2012-13 school year, ending June 30, 2012.  The district posted the position on December 18, 2012, with a closing date of January 11, 2013.

Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately after the closing date for applications.  However, a final decision on the selection will not be made until after the district’s new superintendent is selected, so he/she may take part in the final selection process.

Parents, teachers, administrators and other staff members will participate in the selection of the next high school principal by participating in a “critical attributes process.”  Using this process, representatives from these groups will define the qualities and characteristics needed to successfully fulfill the role of principal at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.