Veteran educator tapped as St. Louis schools interim chief

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former police officer, teacher and fraud investigator has been tapped to guide the state's largest school system for the next year until a permanent superintendent is found.

The St. Louis School Board on Tuesday named Floyd Crues, 59, as the interim superintendent as the board presses a national search for a long-term leader. He has more than 25 years experience with the district.

Crues succeeds William Roberti, who has been the interim chief since last year. The contract of Roberti, brought in by the district to help oversee the system's cost-cutting and restructuring, expires June 30.

Crues is to take over the next day. His salary and contract still are being ironed out, the school board said.

Crues has master's degrees in business, management and education, and he has largely completed Webster University work toward a doctorate in management.

Before being hired as a local teacher in 1978, Crues was a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of University City and a fraud investigator for the Missouri Attorney General's Office.

Last month, the St. Louis school board's only candidate for the permanent superintendent's job -- Rudy Crew, the former chief of New York City's public school system -- was hired as the chief of Miami-Dade County schools.

Crew had been an adviser to the firm overseeing the St. Louis school system's turnaround.

Before choosing Crues, the board interviewed former Metro High School principal Pamela Hughes, now in charge of all of the district's high schools.

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