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Parkway superintendent to retire

Dr. Robert Malito, superintendent of the Parkway School District, has announced plans to retire at the end of the 2009-10 school year.  The Parkway Board of Education approved Malito’s request during a special meeting on April 12.
In a letter to the school board, Malito said, “After careful and serious thought, I have decided to retire on June 30 as superintendent of Parkway. This has been a difficult decision.  I can honestly say that there has been no better place to work than Parkway.  This is a world-class school district and it has been my honor and privilege to serve the students and families of this great community.  I would like to thank everyone for their support.”
Malito, 62, said he plans to move back to Illinois to help take care of his parents, who are in poor health.
Malito was selected as Parkway’s eighth superintendent in 2004 and has served in public education for nearly 40 years.  He began his career in 1970 as a high school English teacher in Chicago and has spent 19 years as a school superintendent, including six years in Parkway.
During his tenure in Parkway, Malito is credited with reducing class sizes, increasing computers and technology in classrooms and implementing a major capital improvement plan including new high school science classrooms and laboratories.  Most recently, Malito spearheaded a new districtwide community engagement program called “Project Parkway,” which will develop and implement the district’s 2011-15 strategic plan.
School Board President Jay Davis acknowledged the progress made under Malito’s leadership.  “Although we are saddened by Dr. Malito’s plans to retire, we respect and support his decision,”  Davis said. “Bob came to public education for one reason, and that was to help children.  He has accomplished that and so much more. I thank Bob for his dedication to our district and students.  His passion for excellence has moved us forward in so many ways.”
In the next few weeks, the school board will develop a plan to select Malito’s successor, including a process and timeline.
Parkway is St. Louis County’s third largest school district with an enrollment of 17,500 students in an area covering 68 square miles including all or parts of Ballwin, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Manchester, Maryland Heights and Town and Country.