John Mulford

The Meramec Valley School Board has turned to incoming Superintendent Dr. John Mulford to help in the selection of two new assistant superintendents, according to Tim Richardson, board president.

Mulford doesn’t officially assume his superintendent duties until August.

Current Assistant Superintendents Dr. Terri Parks, curriculum director, and Dr. Jeremy Way, services director, announced last week that they will leave the district at the end of the school year. (See separate story.)

The two have been serving as co-interim superintendents since the retirement of Dr. Ed Hillhouse, who held the position for 18 months following the death of Superintendent Randy George.

“We are actively searching for replacements for both positions,” Richardson said. “We hope to have individuals hired and in place by the end of February.”

The positions were posted within the district and advertised on an education website for anyone outside the district.

Once applications come in, Mulford will conduct the initial interviews and bring recommendations to the school board.

“We very much want the new administrators to be the new superintendent’s team,” Richardson said.

Mulford said he will narrow his choices to two individuals for each position and bring the candidates to the school board so board members have some choice in the selection.

The school board said it welcomes applicants from both within the district and outside the district.

“Board members are in agreement that what we want are the individuals who best suit the positions,” Richardson said. “We want the best possible education for our students.”

Having said that, Richardson said he sees the district very much rooted in the local community.

“We’re a hometown district,” he said. “We have many employees within the district who have been here for years and done the work and are qualified to move up to a higher position. It is our hope that they will apply for these positions.”

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