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ST. LOUIS — Kelvin Adams will retire in December after 14 years as superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools.

“Over the years, we have marked several important milestones, the latest of which was the passage of Proposition S,” Adams said in a statement released Tuesday. “It shows us that voters trust this board and administration to continue to build momentum and accomplish great things for our students, teachers, and families. Having managed the elected board’s return to power and the great energy they bring to the position, I am leaving the district in caring and capable hands.”

The national search for a new superintendent will start at the board meeting tonight, when two mayoral appointments Brittany Hogan and John Wright Sr. will be sworn in.

Adams was hired in 2008, one year after the district lost state accreditation for poor academic and financial performance. By 2010, the district’s budget was balanced and voters passed a $155 million bond measure for school facility upgrades.

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The district moved to provisional accreditation in 2010 and regained full accreditation in 2017 while continuing under state control. Two years later, the school board held its first election.

Other highlights of Adams’ tenure include the 2013 opening of Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, a top-performing magnet high school with an advisory board of business and civic leaders.

Low points include the closure of 25 schools amid a freefall in enrollment. Before 2011, St. Louis was always the largest school district by student population in the state. It now stands as fourth largest, behind Springfield, North Kansas City and Rockwood. Enrollment fell by nearly one-third under Adams, from 27,500 in 2008 to under 19,000 last year.

Test scores have also remained among the lowest in the state, with 11% of students testing proficient in math and 18% in English in spring of 2021.

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2022-08-09 16:45:00

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