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Michael Triplett named next Superintendent in Normandy District

After a community forum last week, the Normandy Schools Collaborative announced who will be its next leader following the resignation of the previous superintendent in June.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The Normandy Schools Collaborative has decided who will be its next superintendent after the previous district chief resigned in June amid calls for his dismissal.

Dr. Michael Triplett, Assistant Superintendent of Operations for the Olathe, Kansas Public Schools, will be the district’s next superintendent.

“I am incredibly humbled and humbled to have been chosen to serve the Normandy Schools Collaborative students, staff and community,” said Dr. Triplet. “I look forward to becoming an active member of the community, building relationships and partnerships that will support exceptional opportunities for our students and move the district toward full accreditation.”

Dr. Triplett began his career as a substitute teacher in the St. Louis public schools. He has served as principal of Paideia Academy, assistant principal of Vashon High School, principal of Sumner High School, among other leadership positions.

“Dr. Triplett is the right person to lead the Normandy Schools Collaborative at this crucial time,” said Ron Roberts, chairman of the district’s executive joint board of directors. “This role is critical to our continued progress as a district. His leadership experience and the ability to accelerate the speed to confidence and success with school improvement are invaluable as we look to the future of the district.”

On Wednesday, the district held a community forum for residents to ask questions of Triplett and two other candidates: Howard Fields, assistant superintendent of human resources for the Kirkwood School District, and Bruce Green, director of secondary education for the Ritenour School District.

The district’s board of directors met in an executive session Wednesday evening to approve the hiring. Staff members were informed on Thursday.

The district’s previous superintendent, Marcus Robinson, was the subject of calls for his firing after being hired in 2020 without the necessary credentials. He never got his credentials, including his state license.

Since 2014, the district has been under the control of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In a move toward local control, voters elected two members to the council in April, the first time it has happened in eight years.

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