Jonathan LambersonDistrict 96 Superintendent

Jonathan Lamberson is not yet quite ready to retire. Although the superintendent of Riverside Elementary School District 96 is leaving when his contract expires on June 30, Lamberson is now a finalist for the superintendent’s job in a wealthy suburb of St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last week that Lamberson is one of three finalists for position of school superintendent in Ladue, Mo. Lamberson is scheduled to have his final interview sometime this week and the Ladue school board is expected to announce their hire at their Feb. 25 meeting, according to Post-Dispatch.

“I was honored to receive the invitation to apply,” Lamberson told the Landmark in an email. “The district is the finest school district in Missouri and enjoys an equally stellar national reputation for academic excellence.”

The Ladue school district serves 3,970 students, according to the district’s website. It has three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.

Lamberson’s breadth of experience could be attractive to Ladue. Before coming to District 96, Lamberson was a high school superintendent in Lake Forest. He also has been an administrator in the New Trier and Barrington school districts.

Ladue is similar to those affluent communities. The median income in Ladue is $152,821 and the median home value is $822,337.

Last year Lamberson was a finalist for a superintendent position in Minnesota, but did not get the job.

Out-of-state positions might be particularly attractive for Lamberson, because he could collect his full Illinois Teacher Retirement System pension while working full time in another state.

If Lamberson was to work as a superintendent in an Illinois public school district, he could work no more than 100 days or 500 hours annually and still collect his pension.

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