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Board Selects New Superintendent

The Park Hill Board of Education is pleased to announce that it chose Dr. Mike Kimbrel to be the next superintendent of the Park Hill School District, starting on July 1, following the retirement of Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd on June 30.  The Park Hill Board of Education used extensive feedback from students, staff and community members to help guide them as they chose from a competitive national field of candidates.  “After doing our due diligence to conduct a national search to make sure we had the very best person for Park Hill, we were thrilled that we have such an ideal candidate right here at home,” said Board President Janice Bolin. “His visionary leadership approach is data-driven while also thoughtful and empathetic. He is the right person to build on the work we have been doing in Park Hill and to take us to the next level.” Dr. Kimbrel is currently our Park Hill assistant superintendent for academic services. He has more than 20 years of education experience. Before coming to Park Hill, he worked in the Millard Public Schools in Nebraska and the Liberty Public Schools, serving as a math teacher, an assistant principal and a principal. He came to Park Hill 12 years ago as our director of research, evaluation and assessment, and he also served as our executive director of quality and evaluation before taking his current role. His work to lead our continuous improvement efforts contributed to Park Hill earning the Missouri Quality Award in 2015. He is a leader in his field, having been invited to present to his peers about equity in education, assessment and strategic planning. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education consulted him on accountability and measurement work. He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Kansas and a doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska. He and his wife, Jill, have two daughters who attend Park Hill schools. “The trust the Board is placing in me with this opportunity is truly humbling,” Dr. Kimbrel said. “It will be my honor to serve the people of Park Hill.”

Dr. Mike Kimbrel

Dr. Mike Kimbrel