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Bales to be named superintendent on July 1

Hilary Bales will become superintendent of the Waynesville R-VI School District effective July 1, 2022. The Waynesville R-VI Board of Education announced the decision today, (Jan. 12, 2022), following an extensive search and interview process.


“The board felt that Mrs. Bales is the strongest candidate to lead our district,” says Paul Shultz, president of the school board. “She is a highly effective and thoughtful leader who has outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. I’m especially happy that we have been able to grow our own, which reinforces the fact that we have the best teachers and staff. Mrs. Bales has lived and worked in this community for years and came up through the ranks within our system, tackling each position with excellence, integrity and passion. The knowledge she has gained from having served in multiple positions within our district gives her a unique understanding of what it takes to lead our students, faculty and staff. Her established relationships in the community will help make this a smooth transition.”


Bales, 42, currently serves as Waynesville’s assistant superintendent of personnel services and oversees the district’s nearly 1,000 full and part-time employees. She led efforts to strengthen the district’s salary schedule to be competitive across all years of service, established an Aspiring Administrators Program, enhanced new teacher mentor programs, developed a teacher recruitment packet, promoted staff diversity and utilized social media to help recruit staff. 


“It is my honor and privilege to continue to serve this outstanding district and I look forward to becoming superintendent,” Bales said. “We have a highly effective school district with talented, dedicated staff members and successful students, as evidenced by our state and national rankings. I plan to champion continuous, steady progress for each and every student through the PLC (Professional Learning Community) process by maintaining an ongoing focus on student academic achievement and student social-emotional well-being.” 


Bales began her teaching career in the Waynesville R-VI School District in 2001 as a special education teacher before becoming a special education process coordinator. In 2006, she was named assistant principal at Freedom Elementary and from 2007-14 served as principal, including at East Elementary. In 2014, she became director of special services for the district and in 2016 became assistant superintendent of personnel services. Bales has earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Purdue University, a master’s of administration from Lindenwood University, a specialist of administration from Lindenwood, has completed the coursework and her dissertation is in progress for a doctorate in education administration from William Woods University.


Bales will fill the role of superintendent following the retirement of Dr. Brian Henry, who has served as the district’s superintendent for the past eight years and for one year prior as the assistant superintendent of instructional services.



“Dr. Henry’s dynamic leadership has positioned the district in what arguably is the single best position in the district’s history in terms of student academic achievement, enrollment, facilities and financial stability,” Shultz says. “This community has benefitted from his tireless efforts to provide students with academic and future career opportunities rivaling any in the state.”


Henry will spend the next several months helping transition Bales into the role and providing a foundation for continued success.


“Our students, staff and community will be in good hands,” Henry said. “Having worked with Mrs. Bales for several years, I have every confidence that she will lead this district to even greater heights.”


Bales and her husband Brandon Bales have four children, three of whom are enrolled in the Waynesville R-VI School District.  


Bales, Hilary


Issued Jan. 12, 2022