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Ladue High School Principal Quitting At Academic Year's End

Dr. Bridget Hermann's resignation was announced at Monday's school board meeting.

The Ladue School District announced Monday night that it accepted the resignation of Ladue Horton Watkins High School Principal Dr. Bridget Hermann, effective at the end of the current academic year. 

Dr. Hermann has been in the top spot at the school since 2007, and previously served as assistant principal between 2002-2004.

In a news release announcing the move, the district says she is pursuing new opportunities in education.

“Dr. Hermann has provided leadership to the staff and students of the Ladue School District for eight years,” says Dr. Chappelow, in a statement. “She has made enormous contributions to our high school and to our district as a whole.  We regret losing her to her new pursuits, but are also very grateful for the years of dedicated service we are fortunate enough to have been given during the course of her career.”

The high school has been the subject of controversy this year, in light of a complaint filed over an alleged long-running form of bullying.

The issue is now being investigated as a civil rights complaint.

When asked how district patrons might interpret Dr. Hermann's resignation given those circumstances, Ladue Spokeswoman Susan Dielmann told Patch via emai:

"Dr. Hermann's decision was entirely a personal one based on her desire to pursue other career opportunities. With grown children, she and her husband are looking forward to greater flexibility in choosing their location and lifestyle.  Dr. Hermann has made enormous contributions to the district during her eight years of service, and we wish her well in what is sure to be a continuation of a successful career in education."

The district plans a "thorough search" for a replacement that will include involvement by students, staff, and parents, according to a district news release.

flyoverland November 13, 2012 at 02:09 PM
When you read words like "other opportunities," of course, you always wonder whether someone actually sits down and says, "hey, you know I'm making six figures here, but, what the heck, I think I'm going to walk away from it all in the middle of a recession and see what else is out there?" Or, if they were thrown under the bus?
CreveCoeurDad November 13, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I would suspect it's the bus, although in her letter to high school parents, she says somewhat more pointedly that she and the school board have been disagreeing for years over the direction of the high school. If that's the case, I want the school board to address the issue of where they want the high school to go. My money is on the bus. School boards always cave to the squeaky wheel. Sometimes that good, sometimes that's bad - guess it depends on if you're on the bus or under it.
R Gordon November 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Ditto on that. It would be of considerable interest to high school parents to know where the principal and the board differed -- strongly enough to warrant her resignation, forced or not. The answer will emerge in time, but we'd welcome more transparency now.
B Manny November 13, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Good luck on District transparency.... The real truth will stay hidden.
B Manny November 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Clayton Parents are still waiting for answers about what happened with their principal. And they are out 140 grand!!
flyoverland November 14, 2012 at 01:05 AM
The Post reports she made $127,866 a year.

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