Missouri Superintendent Chris Gaines Named AASA President-Elect

For Immediate Release


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – (July 11, 2017) – Chris Gaines, superintendent of the Mehlville School District in St. Louis, Mo., was sworn in today as the 2017-18 president-elect of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.
“Through AASA, I’ve seen firsthand the amazing things school district leaders are doing in critical areas such as proficiency-based learning, personalized learning, digital learning, child nutrition and student discipline,” said Gaines. “Serving as the president-elect of this great organization will be an honor. It is my intent to engage superintendents in an authentic and meaningful way to grow AASA into an even stronger organization for our members.”
A member of AASA’s inaugural 2017 Personalized Learning Cohort and Certification program, Gaines has been a member of AASA’s governing structure since 2008 and served on the organization’s executive committee since 2014. He has also been a member of the Missouri Association of School Administrators since 2001.

“In my travels across the country, I meet with many superintendents who I call ‘champions for children,’ or those who go the extra mile for their students, staff and communities. Chris Gaines is just that—a bona fide leader in public education who will help us celebrate the accomplishments and innovations of thousands of superintendents nationwide,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “Having Chris as president-elect is a benefit to AASA, our members, but most of all, the community that embodies the Mehlville School District.”
Gaines began his tenure as superintendent of the Mehlville School District in 2015. Prior to that, he served as superintendent of the Wright City R-II School District in Wright City, Mo., beginning in 2008. During the previous seven years, he served as superintendent of Crawford County R-1 School District, in Bourbon, Mo.
Gail Pletnick, superintendent of Dysart Unified School District 89 in Surprise, Ariz., was sworn in today as AASA president. The installation ceremony was held in conjunction with AASA’s Legislative Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.