Marsha Chappelow, the superintendent of the Ladue School District, will take a leave of absence effective on Saturday and will remain on leave through the end of the school year—and the date of her retirement.
Chappelow announced in late September that this would be her last year as head of the district and that she would retire after this school year on June 30.
The district released a statement late today indicating that Chappelow's leave was accepted by the school board this week and that she "requested leave at this time for personal reasons."
Here is the full announcement from the Ladue School District:
The Ladue Board of Education has approved a request for professional leave that was submitted to the Board by Dr. Marsha Chappelow, Superintendent of Ladue Schools, this week. The leave will begin December 1, 2012, and will continue through June 30, 2013, the effective date of her retirement from the District. Dr. Chappelow requested leave at this time for personal reasons.
Dr. Chappelow will continue to be available to provide consultative and transition service during and after the superintendent search that began after Dr. Chappelow announced her retirement earlier this year. She will also be available to answer any questions and provide information pertaining to the operation of the District, as needed by the Board of Education.
“I am committed to the success of the District and the welfare of our students, staff, and all others associated with the Ladue Schools,” Dr. Chappelow said, “and that will not change.”
Board President Jayne Langsam stated, “The Board is moving forward and has selected a search firm to assist us in our superintendent selection process and we, with Dr. Chappelow’s leadership, have made steady progress on our Board goals for this year. We want to assure our school community that the District will continue to provide the highest level of education, planning, and service during this transition period.”
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