Affton School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Brotherton announced today he plans to retire June 30, 2018, at the end of the current school year. Brotherton will have completed 34 years in education, including the past seven years as Affton’s superintendent.
The Board of Education is finalizing its plan to find a new superintendent. More information will be announced at a later date.
Known as an avid advocate for children and public education, Brotherton has brought the Affton mission to life, ensuring all students are prepared to become confident and capable citizens through rigorous, customized learning. Through Brotherton’s vision and leadership, the Affton School District has seen growth and improvement in many areas, including academic achievement, community involvement, and capital improvement projects.
Brotherton says he has no plans of slowing down in his last months in the district.
“In the months ahead, we will continue to focus on our students and our achievement,” he said. “I am immensely proud of all we have accomplished in the past seven years, and am truly excited to see how much more we will achieve on our journey toward excellence.”
During his seven years as Affton’s Superintendent, Brotherton has:
- Introduced Continuous Improvement in classrooms, departments and at all levels throughout the district.
- Affton saw growth in academic achievement, maintaining progress on the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP5) Annual Performance Report.
- Opened the Affton Early Childhood Center and expanded preschool opportunities, introduced Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM curriculum in all grades K-12, as well as established the St. Louis Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (STL CAPS) at Affton High School.
- Launched 1:1 Chromebook initiative at Affton High School, which has now expanded to Rogers Middle School and Gotsch Intermediate School.
- Brotherton was the driving force behind passage of Props I+N, providing resources for the district for years to come.
- Saw renovation and building additions come to life at each school.
- Led Affton through difficult financial times, while ensuring the district remained fiscally sound.
- Worked to revitalize the Affton area by providing leadership to the Affton Chamber of Commerce, currently serving as President Elect, and was awarded the 2015 Business Person of the Year.
- Brotherton was key in leading the district’s efforts to adopt a new mission, vision and core values.
Brotherton is one of the state’s leading educational advocates and authorities, having been asked to serve as a leader in several state and region-wide initiatives. Under Brotherton’s leadership, the district earned numerous regional, state, and national awards, including the prestigious What’s Right With The Region Award for fostering regional cooperation in St. Louis.
“Affton will always remain my home, and I am confident the district will continue to improve and achieve,” said Brotherton. “I believe leadership is not dependent on one person, but on our team. We have built an amazing team in Affton, and we have systems in place to continue improving and reaching even higher levels of success. I will continue to support our schools and community in any way I can, and will remain, always, #afftonstrong.”