The Normandy School District Board of Directors announced that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stanton Lawrence will resign from his position at the end of the current school year. In a letter, Dr. Lawrence shared that recent personal and family circumstances had caused him to reconsider “his commitment to remain in the school district.” Board Vice President William Humphrey said that Dr. Lawrence will continue to provide leadership of the school district through June 30, 2013.
Dr. Lawrence is currently in his fifth year as superintendent of schools, and his contract was scheduled to expire on June 30, 2015. During Lawrence’s time with the school district, several major developments took place:
An unprecedented mid-year budget reduction that resulted in the layoff of some staff
A district-wide reorganization and right-sizing during which all non-teaching employees reapplied for their positions
The hiring of new school and central office administrators
The establishment of outstanding external partnerships, including Beyond Housing's 24:1 Initiative Community Plan
The adoption of a standard DESE approved curriculum as well as a benchmarking system
The absorption of the former Wellston School District
The school district’s reclassification by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from provisionally accredited to unaccredited
Lawrence plans to pursue other career opportunities, likely in his native Texas, where he and his wife, Leola, just became grandparents.
"We understand Dr. Lawrence’s interest in being responsive to the needs of his family, and recent developments related to our classification probably make this a natural transition point to consider new leadership," Humphrey said. "At this point in time, we have promising central office and school leadership in place as well as plans to ensure continued progress. We sincerely appreciate Dr. Lawrence’s contributions to the district and wish him the very best as he moves forward with his career."
Humphrey stated that the school board will establish a calendar and timeline to begin a formal search process for Lawrence’s replacement. “Our procedure will be a transparent one that will engage the community throughout the process.”
Through his letter, Lawrence shared that he is “totally indebted to the Board of Directors for allowing me the opportunity to serve. I am also genuinely appreciative of the great students, outstanding staff as well as the community, elected officials and others for the support they provided me during my time here.”