Board Accepts Superintendent Dr. Scott Springston's Resignation
The Park Hill Board of Education agreed Monday to Superintendent Dr. Scott Springston’s request to resign, effective June 30, 2015, to address health-related matters. Dr. Springston and the Board agreed that he will be on leave between now and June 30 to focus on his health and family.
Board President Boon Lee said, “We appreciate Dr. Springston’s work during his almost three years as our superintendent in Park Hill. He made significant contributions to the success of this district. We wish him all the best for his health and success in the future.”
Dr. Springston came to Park Hill in July 2012. He led the district in its efforts to provide professional studies programs to prepare students for college and careers, to develop a long-range facilities plan, to make the district more efficient with taxpayer dollars, and to teach students 21st-century skills.
The Board will soon meet to make plans for the 2015-2016 school year and the superintendent vacancy. The Board selected Dr. Jeanette Cowherd to serve as acting superintendent through June 30.
“We are glad to have such a quality leader that can take the reins of our district and steer us through this transition,” Lee said. “We are in excellent hands.”
Dr. Cowherd is currently the assistant superintendent for school improvement. She has been in the district for 10 years, previously serving as a building administrator and assistant to the superintendent. Before entering school administration, she was an instrumental music teacher in southwest Missouri and the Shawnee Mission School District.
During her tenure in Park Hill, Dr. Cowherd has been influential in the development of the Smart Start early literacy program and earned recognition throughout the state for her leadership in online learning. Dr. Cowherd received the March of Dimes Teacher of the Year award, the Shawnee Mission West Teacher of the Year award and the Influential Educator award from the Missouri Scholars Academy.
“It is my honor to follow in the footsteps of great superintendents like Dr. Springston to take us through this transition,” Dr. Cowherd said. “I look forward to working with our staff, our parents and our community to continue our work building successful futures for each student, every day.”