Gaines takes reins of Mehlville School District

Chris Gaines

Chris Gaines

The Mehlville School District is under new leadership, as Chris Gaines begins his work as the district’s new superintendent of schools today — July 1.

Gaines has a three-year contract with the district. He comes to Mehlville after having served as superintendent in the Wright City R-II School District in Wright City.

Gaines was praised for both his dedication to academic excellence and his fiscally responsible use of resources in the Wright City district, according to a Mehlville School District news release. He has a wife and one child.

Gaines succeeds Norm Ridder, who served for the past year as the Mehlville School District’s interim superintendent.

Ridder worked tirelessly to create a strategic plan for the Mehlville school system and spearheaded efforts to move the district toward a balanced budget, the release stated.

Ridder and his wife plan to return to Colorado, where they have family and friends.