WENTZVILLE, Mo. – The superintendent of the Wentzville School District announced her retirement Friday morning after the Board of Education held an emergency meeting Thursday evening.

Dr. Danielle Tormala sent a letter to WSD families stating her sabbatical is effective immediately and she will retire from WSD at the end of the school year.

“While this decision comes with mixed emotions, I am confident it is the right choice for the district, for my family, and for me personally. My decision was made collaboratively with the Board of Education, and this transition will allow for continued progress for the district,” her statement read.

Tormala joined the Wentzville School District in July 2022, serving as the 19th superintendent and the first female to fill the role.

The news of Tormala’s retirement comes after the Board of Education called for an emergency special meeting Thursday evening. A livestream of the meeting was open to the public for 59 seconds before going into closed session.

“Over the past two years, Dr. Tormala has been an integral part of our district, leading with dedication, passion, and a commitment to excellence, and for that, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you,” a message from the Board of Education said. “We would like to express our sincere appreciation for her leadership and wish her a fulfilling and rewarding retirement.”

Mr. Brian Bishop and Dr. Jeri LaBrot are serving as co-interim superintendents as the district searches for an interim superintendent to fulfill the role.