Joylynn Pruitt-Adams, OPRF Superintendent

Earlier this month, the District 200 Board of Education unanimously approved a three-year, $242,201 contract for Supt. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams. The board voted on the contract at a regular meeting on Oct. 24. District officials released the full employment agreement to Wednesday Journal last week. The new contract runs through June 30, 2022. 

In 2018, the D200 board voted unanimously to give Pruitt-Adams five more vacation days and a 2.75 percent annual pay raise, which boosted her salary to $235,834. The new contract reflects that 2018 salary increase and is retroactive to July 1, 2019.

She was hired on an interim basis in June 2016 to temporarily replace former Supt. Steven Isoye, who left the district for another superintendent’s job. Pruitt-Adams was hired permanently in December of that year. Since then, she has presided over major policy and capital initiatives at OPRF. 

In 2017, after a failed referendum and tense public debate over the high school’s aging, 90-year-old swimming pools, Pruitt-Adams — touting her experience leading a similar initiative while superintendent of the of University City, Missouri school district — recommended the formation of a working group to preside over a facilities master plan. 

That prompting turned into the 40-member Imagine OPRF, which produced a long-term facilities plan that district officials are acting on and that has the high school poised to break ground on among the most significant renovations in its history. 

The superintendent has also presided over a series of major equity initiatives during her tenure, most notably the overhauling in May 2018 of OPRF’s gender equity policy to strengthen protections for the high school’s transgender students and the ongoing implementation of the racial equity policy that the D200 board approved unanimously in April.


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