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June 22, 2020

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Superintendent Karen I. Hall Announces Retirement Plans in 2021

Superintendent Dr. Karen I. Hall has announced she will retire from the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District following the 2020-2021 school year. At the time of her departure, she will have served in public education for nearly 30 years, 13 of those at MRH. Dr. Hall plans to explore opportunities for consulting, teaching, and running her late father’s business.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the students and families of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District as superintendent. I am excited to have more than a year to continue to lead the District and move important initiatives forward, while working on a transition that best serves our students and our community. I am fully committed to ensuring that our past successes will carry on into the coming generations.”

Dr. Hall, the Board of Education, and the District’s administrative team have created a plan to support a smooth transition over the next 12 months. “Dr. Hall will continue to lead our District with distinction,” Board of Education President Katie Kaufmann said. “For those of us who work closely with her, it is not surprising how important it is to her that District leaders sustain our momentum during this transition period. Dr. Hall, over the years, has laid the groundwork for countless programs which support our educational mission. Her legacy will continue.”

The quest for the next MRH superintendent will begin with the Board’s selection of an executive search firm. A successor is expected to be named in early 2021.

“When Dr. Hall took the reins of MRH in 2012, the District was emerging from a precarious position,” said Board Vice President Francis Chmelir. “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.”

Dr. Karen Hall was named superintendent of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District in July 2012, following 19 years as an educator and administrator at both MRH (Assistant Superintendent) and the Pattonville, Ritenour and Kirkwood School Districts. Karen earned her Ed. D in educational leadership from Webster University. She also holds an Ed. S from Lindenwood University. She has a master’s degree in educational administration from Saint Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Fontbonne University.

Dr. Hall is a 2019 honoree by the National Conference for Community Justice, a St. Louis-based organization which promotes understanding and respect among all cultures through diversity, self-awareness and community-wide change. She was named an Inspiring St. Louisan in 2014 by the NAACP of St. Louis County.

Dr. Hall points to her late father as a formative influence. "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."

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.