The Northwest R-1 School District has hired a new chief operating officer – Kim Hawk, 52 of St. Robert.
Hawk will replace Geoff Macy, who is leaving at the end of the year for a job as the assistant superintendent of business and finance for the Ladue School District.
Northwest Board of Education members voted unanimously in a March 18 closed meeting to hire Hawk for the COO job. She currently is the superintendent of the Plato R-5 School District in Plato, south of Fort Leonard Wood.
“It’s a little town, but the eighth largest school district in the state as far as square miles,” Hawk said.
She will begin her work at Northwest on July 1 and will be paid a $123,050.40 annual salary next school year, said Lisa Barnhart, administrative assistant for the district. Hawk said she earns a $107,000 annual salary at the Plato district.
Macy’s annual salary at Northwest is $126,225.33, said Chuck McPherson, Northwest’s coordinator of communications and community relations. Macy’s salary next school year at Ladue will be $162,880, said Kimberly McKenzie, director of communications for the Ladue district.
Macy has worked for the Northwest district for 13 years, and his last day with the district will be June 30.
Northwest Superintendent Desi Kirchhofer said Macy has made a lot of contributions over the years as a teacher, principal and then COO.
Kirchhofer also said he is excited for Hawk to join the R-1 administrative team.
“Dr. Hawk’s wide range of experience and her passion for students and public education make her a great fit for the Northwest School District,” he said.
Kirchhofer also said Hawk will bring “many positive attributes and experiences” to Northwest.
“She has held a variety of positions in her previous school districts,” he said. “Dr. Hawk has a big picture view that will allow her to be part of and understand all areas of a school district.”
Hawk said she is looking forward to starting her new job.
“I’ve enjoyed my time as a superintendent and during that time, have found that the COO side of things is actually where you spend a very good chunk of your time, at least in a small school where you’re kind of a one-woman show so to speak,” she said.
“Northwest has a really good reputation and is involved in a lot of innovative practices and doing a lot of great things for kids.”
Hawk said she particularly likes what Northwest is doing with the “Leader in Me” program. According to the Leader in Me website, the program stresses a holistic approach to education that teaches leadership to every student, creates a culture of student empowerment and aligns systems to drive academic results.
McPherson said five of the Northwest district’s schools are Lighthouse Schools, which is a special certification from the Leader in Me program. The five schools include Northwest High School, Cedar Springs Elementary, Valley Middle School, High Ridge Elementary and
Woodridge Middle School.
Hawk has 27 year of experience in public education, and has been superintendent at the Plato district for the past five years. Before that she worked for the Warrensburg R-6 School District as an elementary principal and for the Waynesville R-6 School District as a community resource coordinator. Hawk started her career in 1992 as a reading teacher for kindergartners through fifth-graders at the Stoutland R-2 School District, and then in 1994, she taught second and fifth grades at Bolivar Intermediate School.
Hawk earned a doctorate in educational administration from Lindenwood University in 2009, according to a Northwest School District press release.
Hawk said she currently is looking for homes in the west part of the county.
“When we drove around in that area, it was just really beautiful,” she said.
Hawk has been married for 25 years to her husband, Steve, a commercial electrician. They have two children: Elaine, 17, and David, 23.