Francis Howell Board of Education Approves New Superintendent
|Ask the Superintendent!
Do you have a question about Francis Howell? Ask the Supt!
After an extensive national search, meetings
with staff, and input from patrons, the
Francis Howell School District (FHSD) Board of Education voted unanimously to
hire Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris as the next superintendent of schools beginning
July 1, 2016. The Board approved Dr. Hendricks-Harris’s three-year
contract at a special Board meeting on Feb. 4, 2016.
“The Board is looking forward to having Dr.
Hendricks-Harris at the helm and will work with her to ensure we continue to
provide an excellent education for the children of our community at an
exceptional value to our taxpayers,” said Board of Education President Mark
As superintendent, Dr. Hendricks-Harris plans
to focus on student learning and the finances to support learning. “As we look
to the future, I am confident we will come together as a community and secure
the resources students need to get the best possible education and that our
teachers need to do their work,” said Dr. Hendricks-Harris. “I am looking forward to serving as superintendent of the Francis Howell
School District and continuing the tradition of excellence that our community
has served FHSD as Chief Academic Officer since 2010 where she has led school
improvement and the academic support systems. She began her career with the District in 2006 as the Director of
Adult Learning and Program Evaluation where she has planned, implemented, and
evaluated district-wide professional development. Prior to joining FHSD, she served
as an Area Coordinator followed by the Director of Special Education with the
Special School District of St. Louis County. She was also a special education
teacher with the Special School District, as well as the Fox School District. Dr.
Hendricks-Harris is also an adjunct instructor with Lindenwood University.
She has also earned
numerous accomplishments over her career. She was the recipient of the
Lindenwood Francis and Elizabeth Huss Graduate Award for Education
Administration and attended the Harvard Institute for School Leadership. Additionally,
she has acted as the lead presenter at numerous local, state, and national
professional development conferences.
Dr. Hendricks-Harris earned a doctorate of education
degree and educational specialist degree from Lindenwood University. She also
holds a master’s degree in Education from University of Missouri – St. Louis
and a bachelor’s degree in Education from St. Louis University.
The Francis Howell Board of Education’s
selection of Dr. Hendricks-Harris resulted from a three month national search
that was coordinated by McPherson Jacobson. The consulting firm received more than
20 completed applications by the position’s closing date of
Jan. 8, 2016. The Board of Education reviewed the applications and selected three
candidates for interviews.
succeeds Dr. Pam Sloan, who retires June 30, 2016, after serving Francis Howell
children and community as superintendent for the past six years and the school
district for 23 years.