After he left the Rockwood School District and St. Louis in 2001, Arnett was invited to serve an administrative position with the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Although Arnett left public education for seven years, he still collaborated with schools and teachers on a national spectrum to help them integrate baseball and American history into the classroom. In 2008, Arnett returned to the Midwest and found a new position as an administrator in the Barrington School District in northern Chicago. Eight years later, Arnett was offered a position at Eanes School District in Austin, TX, and has been serving as the deputy superintendent since 2016.
“He has worked with many successful school districts and is very familiar with the St. Louis area,” Frost said. “He’s finally coming home.”
In the fall of 2017, HYA contacted Arnett, asking him to apply as the superintendent for KSD. Due to his extensive knowledge of St. Louis and the metropolitan area, Arnett, along with 37 potential candidates, submitted credentials and applied for the superintendent position. During the search, Arnett had multiple interviews and discussions to determine if he would be the right fit for KSD. After he was evaluated, KSB invited Arnett to come to Kirkwood to have separate conversations.
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“At times, those conversations were intense and long, but they were always energizing for me because it provided the opportunity for us to discuss the wonderful accomplishments that are happening at Kirkwood,” Arnett said. “With each meeting we had, it occurred to me that Kirkwood is the perfect fit for my experiences and I hope that I will be the perfect fit for its needs.”