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UPDATE: Hazelwood School District Appoints New Interim Superintendent

The Board of Education also appoints an interim associate superintendent, effective immediately.

The (HSD) Board of Education announced Friday afternoon that there’s a new interim superintendent that will lead the district.

The board has appointed Dr. Grayling Tobias as interim superintendent and Ingrid Clark-Jackson as the interim associate superintendent. The changes are effective immediately.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the board of education made the decision Thursday night, Diana Gulotta, a district spokesperson said.

served as superintendent of the district since July 2010. That year, the Board approved a three-year contract with an annual salary of $235,000.

Price had previously served as superintendent in Middletown City Schools in Ohio. According to the Post-Dispatch article, he left after a separation agreement, where he resigned two years before his contract expired. The district agreed to pay him $10,417 a month for 12 months.

“We appreciate all of the hard work our staff is doing to assure the success of our students, and our Board of Education shares that same commitment to our students,” said Cheryl Latham, president of the HSD Board of Education, in a press release. “We have entrusted the leadership to Dr. Tobias and Dr. Clark-Jackson and are confident our district will continue to move forward. The Board of Education, in partnership with Dr. Tobias, Dr. Clark-Jackson and the rest of the Learning Leadership Team, will re-examine and review all improvement plans as we move forward.”

In the press release sent out this afternoon, the board has decided that new leadership is needed for the district at this time.

Tobias has worked in HSD for the past 10 years, previously serving as director of secondary education and assistant superintendent for accountability. He has more than 25 years of experience in education.

Clark-Jackson has worked for more than 30 years in education and has been serving as the assistant superintendent for human resources for HSD.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve our students and this community,” Tobias said. “We want to let our Board of Education, community, and our staff know that we are not going to let our students down. We want to reassure everyone that we will continue to move forward. We have trust and confidence in the people who work closest to our students and I know that our students will succeed at high levels.”

We'll be updating this story as we gather more information.

Andre J. Grass September 01, 2012 at 12:06 AM
2 whole years of his life that he spent here, what a guy! Elliott Davis was on the other night giving Parkways SB President grief about a 7K raise that did not come anywhere near the 235K salary that this guy had! I have lived here for over 52 years and pay some pretty hefty taxes on my property and all I see are buses with kids standing and hanging out the windows and 4 buses up at Barrington that have between 10 and 15 students on them, what a waste.
Jeannine September 01, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Hopefully NOW when a parent has a meeting with you and says it's inappropriate for K-5 graders to lose their recess, you might feel compelled to intervene.
K September 01, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I agree, taking recess from this age group is totally inappropriate, and the research backs that. I'd like to see the studies the district has employed in making that decision.
Dan September 01, 2012 at 02:19 PM
This sounds like the beginning of what brought down the Riverview Gardens district. Let's hope that's not the case.
Jeannine September 01, 2012 at 03:15 PM
K, Thank you for your support. I asked for those studies specifically, and they had none. Here are the facts for this community to know. I brought ALL the research and studies indicating it is completely inappropriate to withhold recess from children as punishment to an Administration meeting with the Superintendent and the school. The professionals were laughing at me when I entered the room. This complaint was made within the first couple weeks of school when all three of my children came home and told me they, their clas,s and other children MISSED recess. The stated infractions were as minor as kindergartners talking, or because a parent didn't sign a assignment log! What was the outcome of the meeting? Five years ago, the school secretly promised not to take recess from my children, but said, "they would not make a change school wide". I however believe in fairness for ALL children, especially those with disabilities. Fact: Children with disabilities are given detentions and suspensions more often and have a higher drop out rate than those children who don't. I want to see positive change in our school district. There are real problems though, including Administration not returning calls or addressing concerns. If your child has been treated unfairly at school, including repeatedly missing recess, or repeated detentions in grade school, this is not appropriate, and you can contact me at Jordan's Advocate.com
K September 05, 2012 at 01:54 AM
"he resigned two years before his contract expired. The district agreed to pay him $10,417 a month for 12 months". No employer is going to pay someone over $125,000 when they have "resigned early" from a contract. That, my friends, is getting rid of someone and paying them out so as not to breach the contract.
Cori September 06, 2012 at 10:52 AM
jeannine I have a son with issues in learning and the schools have all have been cold and callous. you are so right the kids with disabilities are given more consequences than the average student. I myself tried contacting Dr. Tobias on several occasions about issues and he didn't return my call either. I would love to team up with you..please email at corilynn1@att.net
Jeannine September 06, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Cori, Thank you for your support. I will certainly email you today. Jeannine

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