Superintendent Riss announces retirement

Natalie Johnson
Contributing Writer

Caroline Fellows
Web Editor

Principal Dr. Jon Clark, 2012 student body president Dana Sell, superintendent Sarah Riss celebrate the addition of the North Wing to WGHS on Aug. 23, 2012. Riss announced her retirement at the school board meeting on April 13. Her retirement begins at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Photo by Kevin Killeen

Superintendent Dr. Sarah Riss announced at the April 13, school board meeting she will retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

Riss has been superintendent of the Webster Groves School District since 2009, after being assistant superintendent for seven years.

Before leading at Webster, Riss was a principal in the Riverview Gardens School District, and the principal of the Metcalf Lab School at Illinois State University.

“I have been in education for over 37 years and have been an administrator for over 27 years. It is time to let someone else lead this great organization,” Riss said in an E-mail to the community.

About Riss retiring, assistant principal Dr. Shiree Yeggins said, “I’m sad that she’s leaving, but happy she’s able to start a new chapter in her life.”
After Riss’s departure, the district will still hold it’s same values due to the strong foundation conducive to learning Riss has set, Yeggins said.

The Board of Education will work with the school community to find Riss’s successor, and Riss said she will be available to help as much as necessary. She also gave assurances that everyone will be informed in the process.

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