Dr. Scott Clark has been selected to lead the efforts to create a new innovative elementary school in the Mehlville School District. For the past seven years, Dr. Clark has been the principal at Forder Elementary School.
The new elementary school is the centerpiece of a plan by Superintendent Dr. Chris Gaines to expand the educational rigor in the district and to introduce student-centered teaching techniques to improve academic performance. The innovative elementary school will be located in the St. John’s school building, which currently houses the SCOPE alternative education program. Children throughout the Mehlville School District will be able to apply to attend the new school. A random lottery will be used to select students.
Dr. Clark has two Master’s Degrees in education from Lindenwood University as well as a doctorate from Maryville University. He began his education career as an art teacher in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Clark later taught at Point Elementary and became an Assistant Principal at Bierbaum Elementary before being hired as Forder Elementary’s principal in 2009. “This is an amazing opportunity, both for me and the children in the Mehlville School District,” said Dr. Clark. “Making this school a reality will truly be a collaborative effort by the administration, the school board, our teachers and members of the Mehlville and Oakville communities.”
The proposed timeline calls for the new innovative elementary school to open in August 2017.