South Callaway staff meets new superintendent

South Callaway R-II Schools Superintendent Mary Lynn Battles introduces her successor, Kevin Hillman, at an introductory meeting Monday afternoon. Hillman will take over when Battles — who has been with the district for four years — retires at the end of June.

South Callaway R-II Schools Superintendent Mary Lynn Battles introduces her successor, Kevin Hillman, at an introductory meeting Monday afternoon. Hillman will take over when Battles — who has been with the district for four years — retires at the end of June. Photo by Katherine Cummins.

MOKANE —

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The South Callaway School Board has named a successor for Superintendent Mary Lynn Battles, who is set to retire at the end of June.

District staff got a chance to meet their incumbent leader Monday when Kevin Hillman made the first of what he said will be many visits over the next few months.

Hillman, currently principal at St. Clair High School, said he is very much looking forward to being a part of the South Callaway Bulldog family.

“I’ve actually known about South Callaway for a long time. It was always a community that you could see from the outside had a lot of pride in what they do, and I’m excited to be part of that,” he said. “I’ve never had anybody tell me anything negative about South Callaway. ... I was looking to get into a school that had that kind of pride about their district.”

Hillman has served in a number of Missouri districts as a teacher, coach and administrator, including Palmyra and a stint at Culver-Stockton College.

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