St. Louis Public Radio News
10:51 am
Wed January 8, 2003

St. Louis schools superintendent to retire

St. Louis, MO – After six years at the helm of Missouri's largest school district, Dr. Cleveland Hammonds is calling it quits. Hammonds announced Wednesday he'll retire as superintendent at the end of the school year. His term saw some improvements in student test scores, the end of a long-standing desegregation case against the district and an ambitious building program. Hammonds says one of his toughest issues was finding the resources to pay teachers what they're worth.

Though some school board members in recent years had called for his resignation, Hammonds says that did not play a part in his decision to retire.