St. Louis, MO – Today is Cleveland Hammonds' last day St. Louis schools superintendent. He's retiring and says he's proud of his tenure.
During his time, Hammonds oversaw the nation's largest school desegregation plan and the dropout rate fell by 13%.
The district's big budget deficit and attempt to gain accreditation from the state are now for interim superintendent William Roberti to address. Roberti heads a so-called turnaround firm that's usually hired to improve ailing businesses.
Some of the most indelible images of the 1993 flood occurred as the Missouri River overflowed into the Chesterfield Valley.
This area, which was under at least 10 feet of water, has since become the site of what will be one of the largest strip malls in the nation. Not only has the valley recovered from the flood, it's become one of the region's most dynamic centers of new economic growth.