Valley Park School District Superintendent Dr. Dave Knes announced his plans for retirement, effective June 30, 2019, to the Valley Park School District Board of Education.
In a letter to the staff, Dr. Knes tied the timing of his decision with the district's overall positive performance.
"Our finances are in solid shape, our schools continue to receive state and national recognition, and we are in the final stages of completing our $10M bond issue construction projects," said Dr. Knes. "The school board is highly supportive, and I know Valley Park is in a good place with our strong staff and administrative team."
Dr. Knes has spent a total of 30 years in education, including 28 years in administration. He has been Valley Park Superintendent for twelve years. Before that, he was the Assistant Superintendent for the District for three years. Knes was also an administrator in the Rockwood School District and the Clayton School District at both the elementary and the secondary level.
"Dr. Knes' dedication, expertise, and ability to develop a strong leadership team have led to numerous academic achievements during his tenure," said Board President Della Steele. "He's embraced what makes Valley Park unique, fostering the spirit of family among the students, staff, and community. We have benefitted from his vision and drive, and are grateful for his time and devotion to the children of our community."
In the coming weeks, the school board will begin the process of hiring a new superintendent.
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