The St. Clair R-XIII School District again was able to pull within its own ranks to fill a position on its leadership team.
Superintendent Mike Murphy announced last week that St. Clair Elementary School teacher Sande Racherbaumer has been promoted to be the assistant principal there. She will continue to work with Steve Weeks, who was promoted to principal after current Principal Nadine Myers earlier accepted the job as one of the district’s two assistant superintendents.
“I am very humbled and excited about my job opportunity,” Racherbaumer told The Missourian. “We have wonderful teachers and staff members at St. Clair Elementary. I look forward to working as a team with all of them and with Mr. Weeks to give each student the best education possible.”
Racherbaumer, 35, has spent her entire professional career at SCES. She started as a third-grade teacher for two years before becoming the school’s physical education teacher for 10 years. During six of those 10 years, she also was a coach. This academic year, she is the behavioral specialist at SCES.
“I am excited to see Sandy join the leadership team and wish her the very best in the new position,” Murphy said.
Prior to her teaching career, she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fontbonne University in 1999 and received a master’s degree in educational administration from Southwest Baptist University in 2003. In 2008, she earned her specialist’s degree on educational administration from Missouri Baptist.
Racherbaumer also is a 1995 graduate of St. Clair High School.
“I graduated from St. Clair, started my teaching career at St. Clair, and am very excited to start my administrative career here,” she said. “Kids are the best part of my job, and the smiles on their face make each and every day worth it.”
Racherbaumer’s hiring should complete put a halt to the R-XIII administrative turnstyle that started earlier this year. When the new academic term starts on July 1, nine administrators will either be new hires or in new positions after being promoted from within the district.
“We are looking forward to Sande Racherbaumer joining our administrative team this fall,” Myers told The Missourian. “As a current St. Clair teacher, she comes with a knowledgeable background of our community and families that will help us address many of the challenges we currently face.”
The revolving administrative door started when high school Principal Kevin Hillman resigned to take a superintendent’s job in another Missouri school district. SCHS Assistant Principal Mike Hunter was promoted to the top job at the high school while junior high school Assistant Principal Jeff Hamlett is taking the same job at SCHS.
Also, SCJHS teacher Ted Koenigsfeld was promoted to become a new assistant principal at the high school as well. At the junior high, Washington School District employee Eric Lause is replacing Hamlett.
At Edgar Murray Elementary, Principal Kent Sherrow is leaving to become a principal elsewhere. Assistant Principal Larrinda Witt was promoted to principal, and Meramec Valley R-XIII teacher Beth Hill was hired to be her assistant.
At St. Clair Elementary, current Myers is moving into an assistant superintendent’s role after Tanya Vest resigned to become a superintendent elsewhere. That led to the promotion of Weeks and now Racherbaumer.
“I am looking forward to working with Mrs. Racherbaumer next school year in her new role as assistant principal,” Weeks said. “Since she has been at St. Clair Elementary for 13 years, she already knows our students, families and community members. I feel that her experiences as a classroom teacher, a former physical education coach, and now a special education teacher will provide a positive direction for the students of St. Clair Elementary.
“Our students and staff are looking forward to continuing their work with Mrs. Racherbaumer.”