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John C. CaryJohn C. Cary, Superintendent of Schools
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Mr. John C. Cary was appointed superintendent of schools for SSD in July 2007.

Mr. Cary began his career in education teaching work skills to and coordinating job placements for students with moderate to severe disabilities. He served as a secondary principal and as superintendent in two small Missouri school districts before joining Mehlville School District in St. Louis County in 1986 as the Assistant Superintendent of Business Affairs.

Three years later, Mr. Cary was named Chief Financial Officer and Associate Superintendent of the district, and then served as Mehlville superintendent from 1996 to 2003. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Cary held the position of vice president at Banc of America Securities LLC where a portion of his duties included advising school districts on bond issues.

Mr. Cary holds an educational specialist degree in educational administration. He also has a master’s degree in secondary school leadership and a bachelor’s degree in education.

Superintendent’s Cabinet

The Superintendent’s Cabinet includes the district’s highest-ranking administrators.

[+] Doug Austin, Chief Technology Officer
Doug Austin was appointed chief technology officer in June 2013. He began his career at SSD in 2004 as systems administrator and was promoted to the director of information systems in 2011, and to interim chief technology officer in 2012. Prior to working at SSD, Austin served as the director of technology services for New Horizons Computer Learning Center.

Austin holds a wide range of certifications in security technologies, networking, enterprise systems administration and enterprise resource planning software technologies.

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[+] Paul Bauer, Assistant Superintendent for Learning & Assessment
Paul Bauer was appointed assistant superintendent in July 2013. Bauer began his career with the district in 1996 as an area coordinator serving the Hazelwood School District and served as director of the special education schools before becoming interim assistant superintendent in 2012. Bauer also worked for St. Louis Public Schools, St. Mary's Special School and Northwest R-I School District.

Bauer holds a doctorate in education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He earned a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Saint Louis University.

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[+] Don Bohannon, Acting Superintendent
Don Bohannon was appointed associate superintendent in July 2014 and has served as acting superintendent since September 2014. He previously worked as SSD's assistant superintendent for human resources since 2004. Bohannon began his career at SSD in 1987 as an itinerant speech/language pathologist. In 1995, he became a member of the district’s administration and was appointed area coordinator. In 2000 he was promoted to region director for the district. Two years later he was again promoted to executive director of the district’s North region.

Bohannon received a bachelor’s degree in speech/language pathology in 1985. He received his master’s degree from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

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Don Bohannon
[+] Richard Carver, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Rich Carver has served as the chief financial officer for SSD since 1997. From August 1999 to March 2000 he also served as interim superintendent of the district.

Prior to joining SSD, Carver spent more than 20 years at Boatman’s Bancshares Inc., serving in a number of capacities. During his final eight years with the organization, he was senior vice president and treasurer.

Carver is a member of the American Institute of CPAs. He received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University.

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Rich Carver
[+] Hera Didway, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Hera Didway was appointed assistant superintendent for human resources in July 2014. Prior to joining SSD, she spent more than two years as human resources manager at Oakwood Systems Group. From 2010 to 2012, she worked as manager of human resources at Graybar, and she served as workforce planning and recruitment specialist at Anheuser-Busch InBev from 2006 to 2010.

Didway received her master’s degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her bachelor’s degree from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, as well as a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Hera Didway
[+] Mike Hodge, J.D., General Counsel
Michael D. Hodge was appointed general counsel in April 2011. Mike began his career as a special educator in the Fort Zumwalt School District before becoming an attorney. After graduating from the Saint Louis University School of Law, Mike represented public school districts throughout Missouri focusing his practice primarily in employment, general education and special education law. Prior to joining SSD, Hodge also worked for Vatterott College as senior associate counsel/ administrator of student affairs before being promoted to vice president of operations.

Hodge earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a juris doctor from SLU Law School.

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Mike Hodge
[+] Nancy Ide, APR, Chief Communications Officer
In September 2002, Nancy Ide was appointed as the chief communications officer for SSD after having first served as director of communications and communications manager for the district.

Prior to joining the staff of Special School District in 1999, Ide spent more than eight years as a copy editor and staff writer at Suburban Journals newspapers.

Ide has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Maryville University and an associate’s degree in journalism from St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. She earned the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR) in 2009.

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[+] Lynne Midyett, Assistant Superintendent for Partner Districts
Lynne Midyett was appointed assistant superintendent for special education in 2009. She began her career at SSD in 1974 as a special education teacher. After working out of state in education for several years, Midyett returned to SSD as an assistant principal in 1994. She served as an area coordinator and director for the district from 1997 until 2009, until again being promoted to her current position.

Midyett has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri - Columbia and a master's degree in special education from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville.

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Lynne Midyett
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