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Superintendent of Schools
SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO
12110 Clayton Rd.
Town & Country MO 63131
SSD Mission Statement
In collaboration with partner districts, we provide technical education and a wide variety of individualized educational and support services designed for each student’s successful contribution to our community.
SSD Vision Statement
Partners for each student’s success
SSD provides special education services countywide to all students with disabilities from early childhood to age 21–approximately 23,000 students at sites throughout St. Louis County, including schools operated by 22 partner districts. The vast majority of students who receive special education services – about 97 percent – receive services from SSD staff in their home school in the district in which they live. About 750 students with more significant disabilities are educated in one of the District’s five special education schools: Ackerman School, Litzsinger School, Neuwoehner High School, Northview High School and Southview School.
SSD also provides career and technical education to about 1,800 area high school students at the District’s two technical high schools, North Technical High School and South Technical High School. SSD’s technical high schools offer experiential learning opportunities in more than 30 programs, including: EMT Training, Health Sciences, Auto Body, Automotive Technology, Cisco Networking Academy, Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, and Design & Entrepreneurship. Each program is supported by an advisory committee of local businesses and interested citizens. In addition, a tuition-based adult education program – Licensed Practical Nursing – is offered through the District’s Applied Technology Services Program.
The District offers a full range of related services, such as speech therapy, social work services, occupational therapy and assistive technology services, which are considered during the development of the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
In addition, the SSD Parent Education and Diversity Awareness (PEDA) program offers a robust program of workshops for parents, and offers a three-day Parent Leadership Institute; on-line and personal support for parents; and maintains one of the most extensive libraries of disability-related materials in the state of Missouri.
Geographic Area Served:
St. Louis County, Missouri
- SSD Board of Education – seven members elected by the SSD Governing Council who each represent one of seven sub districts in St. Louis County
- SSD Governing Council-a 22-person oversight board made up of a Board of Education member from each of the 22 partner school districts in St. Louis County
- SSD Parent Advisory Council – five parents or guardians (one member and four alternates) from each of the 22 partner school districts and from each of the five SSD special education schools
- Hold or be eligible for the Missouri Superintendent’s Endorsement (Candidate must contact Missouri licensing to determine eligibility and begin application as needed.)
- Successful teaching experience
- Master’s degree from accredited educational institution
- Successful administrative experience
Advisors to The Board:
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Dr. Antoinette Johns (612-309-1511) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Sarah Riss (314-575-8942) email@example.com
Dr. Harry Rossi (847-370-8956) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nationally recognized for providing high quality services in special education, and career and technical education
- Committed to a continuous improvement approach guided by the Malcolm Baldrige framework
- Recipient of the Missouri Quality Award for Performance Excellence
- Dedicated to providing equitable services and resources to students so each may achieve at high levels
- Employs approximately 5,000 full-time staff members
- Strategic plan includes the District’s mission, vision and goals, with measurements and accountability at all levels of service within the District
- More than 75% of professional staff hold advanced degrees
- 2015 St. Louis Business Journal Healthiest Employers Award winner
- Home to multiple National Schools of Character
- More than 93% of career and technical education graduates are employed, pursuing higher education or in the military
- Students can earn industry certifications and college credits while attending the technical high schools
- District is financially sound and has received clean audits for more than 10 years
- More than 500 collaborative partnerships throughout the region, including local businesses that provide real-life settings and work experience for students with disabilities
- Supported by the Special Education Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds for teacher mini-grants, student scholarships, camperships and other student-related needs
FY18 Operating Budget: $427 million
FY18 Fund Balance: 62.7% (44.8% adjusted for facilities plan obligation)
FY19 Tax Rate: $1.198 per $100 assessed valuation (District has operational levy authority.)
Organizational/Union Affiliation of Teachers:
2,712 Teacher-level staff
Special District National Education Association (SDNEA)
Missouri Quality Award Application:
Search Calendar: (The Board Reserves the Right to Adjust the Schedule)
- Accepting Applications Through: March 9, 2019
- Selected Candidate Names Taken to the Board: March 25, 2019
- Board First Interviews: March 26, 27, 2019
- Board Second Interviews: April 1, 2 and 3, 2019
- Board Action on New Superintendent: April 2019
- Superintendent Start Date: July 1, 2019
Apply for the Position through the SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT website
Submit Required Credentials through the SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT website
Applicants are asked not to contact School Board members directly.