UPDATED: Lindbergh school board to continue superintendent search discussions Monday


The Lindbergh Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday in closed session to continue its superintendent search discussions.
Board members will meet at 5 p.m. in the Professional Development Rooms at the Administration Building, 4900 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
The board met in closed session Saturday to interview candidates for the superintendent’s post, which is being vacated by Jim Simpson at the end of the current school year.

Below is the Call’s previous web-exclusive story.

By Mike Anthony
Executive Editor

Lindbergh Board of Education members plan to interview superintendent candidates during a closed session Saturday morning at the Al B. Moore Leadership Center in Sunset Hills.
The board previously interviewed candidates for the superintendent’s position during closed sessions Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac. Board members are on target with their goal of announcing a new superintendent in January, according to Communications Director Beth Johnston.
Thirty-three candidates applied for the superintendent’s post to succeed Jim Simpson, who is retiring at the end of the current school year.
The candidates who applied include 14 sitting superintendents and 14 assistant superintendents, according to information released by the district. The applicants — 31 men and two women — come from nine states, including Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee, Arizona, Wyoming, Mississippi and South Dakota.
The deadline to apply for the job originally was Friday, Nov. 10, but was extended to Tuesday, Nov. 14, to allow some additional candidates who were in the process of applying to complete their applications and be included in the candidate pool.
The job was posted in mid-October and sets a salary range of $200,000 to $240,000 for the position. Board members are seeking a candidate who has a minimum of two to three years of experience as a central office administrator.
Candidates also will be required to hold a superintendent’s certificate and a doctorate degree, according to the job posting.
Brent Underwood, a consultant with the Missouri School Boards’ Association, is facilitating the search for Simpson’s successor. Board members voted unanimously Oct. 9 to hire the MSBA to facilitate the search.
Underwood retired in 2009 as superintendent of the Webster Groves School District. Before that, he served in the Mehlville School District as south area superintendent.
The MSBA’s fee will be 8 percent of the initial salary of the new superintendent and up to $2,500 in reimbursable expenses.
Simpson has served as superintendent since July 1, 2008. He announced in January 2016 that he will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
Simpson succeeded Superintendent Jim Sandfort, who announced in April 2006 that he would retire at the end of the 2007-2008 school year, after serving as superintendent since 1991.