MSD gets new superintendent

A new superintendent has been hired to oversee the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, according to Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officials.

George Stailey brings years of experience from the Indiana School for the Deaf, including 10 years as superintendent. He also served as a preschool and middle school teacher and worked as a student development educator in the residence halls, according to a DESE news release.

Stailey also has served as an adjunct professor at Yavapai College, where he taught beginning and intermediate American Sign Language.

"It is an honor to be selected as the new superintendent at the Missouri School for the Deaf," Stailey said in the release. "As a former employee at another school for the deaf for 32 years, it is a privilege to return to deaf education, and it will be my pleasure to work with students, employees, parents and members of the school's community."

Stailey holds a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and a master's degree from Butler University in Indianapolis.

He will begin his work as superintendent at MSD in April.

MSD's previous superintendent was Ernest E. Garrett III, who was the first deaf superintendent at the school.

Garrett resigned from the position July 5 after holding the position for three years. The former superintendent accepted the role of executive director at DEAF Inc., a St. Louis-based nonprofit, in October.

The state Legislature created the residential MSD in 1851. The school has been under the direct administration of the state Board of Education since 1946. Its organizational structure includes a five-member board of advisers appointed by the state education board.