Dear Students, Families, Staff and Community Members.


    Today, I am announcing my intent to retire as Superintendent of Saint Louis Public Schools, effective December 31, 2022. Announcing now allows time for the Board of Education to plan for your next leader. I will do everything in my power to support their efforts.

    We have all worked very hard as a team, a family, and a community, and because of that we have accomplished amazing things together these past 14 years. It has been an incredible, life-changing, phenomenal experience working in conjunction with all of you to improve and increase positive outcomes for our students.

    When the Special Administrative Board took a chance on me in 2008, I dedicated myself to increasing academic outcomes for students with a commitment to returning the District to full accreditation. Together we did it!

    Full accreditation then was a goal. Now it is an expectation. Looking back on our time together, we have accomplished so much more. We have doubled our Pre-K capacity, balanced 13 consecutive budgets, increased graduation rates, and

    brought unprecedented financial stability to SLPS. (See the attached timeline for more that we can all be proud of!) 

    To our deputy leadership team, executive leadership team, central office team, principals, faculty, and staff across this system, I am truly indebted to you all. Any success that others may attach to my leadership in St. Louis should and will forever be tied to your tremendous talent and dedication to our students. All this has, in turn, led to our students achieving better outcomes for themselves.

    In addition, we would not have received full accreditation without the unwavering support of the business sector, community partners and all our elected leaders.

    I have been very fortunate to work with terrific Boards of Education – true professionals who care deeply about this community and its children. The partnerships I have had with our current Board and previous Boards have always focused on their unwavering commitment to student success, stewardship, and service to this community.

    What we have built over the past fourteen years is a solid foundation of support for our students, families, and community. I am leaving strong people and programs in place, and I trust them to keep moving SLPS forward.

    We still have a great deal of work that must be accomplished. That list includes focusing on returning students to safe, secure classrooms now that the pandemic appears near its end; continue supporting the efforts of the City-Wide Plan to develop a uniform blueprint of schooling for all students in the City of St. Louis; and approve the next version of the Transformation Plan, which will provide a vision for the future of the District. I look forward to continuing partnering with all of you –– on this important work.

    Thank you for allowing me to lead us all toward a brighter future for the children in our city – that has been the ultimate gift.

    Respectfully yours,

    Kelvin R. Adams, Ph.D.


    Saint Louis Public Schools