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Ladue's Superintendent to Retire End of Year: Big Story of the Week

Announcement was a surprise to the school community. Dr. Marsha Chappelow has 40 years in education.

Dr. Marsha Chappelow tendered her resignation Monday to the Ladue School board with the intentions of retiring June 30, 2013. The board accepted her resignation, and she made the announcement at the last board meeting before her contract deadline for this year.

This is how the district announced it to the public in an issued press release:

Dr. Marsha Chappelow, Superintendent of the Ladue School District, announced her intention to retire at the end of the 2012-­‐13 school year at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 24, 2012.

Her request to retire was approved by the Board of Education on Monday evening. The timing was based on her contract requiring indication of intent to retire at the end of the current school year by October 1 of the previous year.

Like most Missouri superintendents, Dr. Chappelow was employed on a three-­‐year contract, which would currently extend her position through the 2014-­‐15 school year.

Following 40 years in public education, Dr. Chappelow announced her intention to return to the Kansas City, MO area where she has family and a new grandchild.

“It has been my privilege to serve in public education for many years. As a classroom teacher, and as an administrator, I have had the opportunity to work with outstanding educators, parents and students throughout my career. I look forward to new learning opportunities, but also look forward to more time and flexibility to enjoy my expanding family.”

At the Board of Education meeting Monday evening, President Jayne Langsam assured the community of the Board’s intention to do a thorough and thoughtful search for the district’s next superintendent.

“Timing is on our side with this announcement,” said Langsam. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Chappelow leading us through the remainder of the school year, during which time we can conduct a proper search for our next superintendent.

We will be keeping our parents, staff and community updated as we move through this process.”

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