Karen Hall will retire as superintendent of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District after the 2020-2021 school year.
Hall, 48, has been with the district for 13 years. She was named superintendent in 2012.
"When Dr. Hall took the reins ... the district was emerging from a precarious position," said school board vice president Francis Chmelir, in a statement. "Her vision, her energy and her consistent drive to serve each and every student were the sustaining forces behind our resurgence. Under her leadership, MRH’s state-measured academic rankings soared year after year, students flourished under a robust, equity-centered curriculum and stakeholders repeatedly responded by approving major expansion projects.”
The school board is expected to name a new superintendent early next year. Hall's annual salary is about $186,000.
Hall previously served as an assistant superintendent in Maplewood Richmond Heights and also worked in the Kirkwood, Pattonville and Ritenour school districts. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Fontbonne University, a master's degree from St. Louis University, an education specialist degree from Lindenwood University and a doctorate from Webster University.
Hall was honored in 2019 by the National Conference for Community Justice and was named an Inspiring St. Louisan in 2014 by the NAACP of St. Louis County.
"My father believed that hard work is virtuous, and education is a way to eliminate barriers for women and people of color. He taught me the importance of activism for equal rights in the United States," Hall said in a statement announcing her retirement.
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