Superintendent

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Dr. Greg Batenhorst Superintendent

Dr. Batenhorst is in his fourth year as superintendent in the Mount Vernon Community School District, and in his thirty-seventh year in service to youth.  During his career Dr. Batenhorst has also served as a teacher, coach, adolescent mental health therapist, school counselor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and adjunct college professor. He has served in schools and districts both large and small, public and private, and has served in small communities and large cities.  Dr. Batenhorst continues to live and lead by the mantra of being “all in for all kids all the time.”

Dr. Batenhorst has been married for thirty-three years to his wife, Mary Lou.  Mary Lou is a lifetime educator as well, having taught for thirty-five years at the high school, college, and middle school level. She is currently teaching English at both Cornell College and Kirkwood Community College. 

The Batenhorst household is completely focused on and run by a ten-pound miniature dachshund named Sadie, who also has the honor of being the cutest puppy in Mount Vernon. 

Recent Superintendent’s Blog Posts

  • So Where Were You? A Reflection Twenty Years Later
    On September 11, 2001, I was the principal at Barnwell Middle School in St. Charles, Missouri. I arrived at work, and my assistant principal immediately brought to my attention what was playing out with a plane that had …
  • Reflections on the First Day
    I started the first day of school this year by getting in an early morning run, pounding the pavement at 5:30 a.m. In the distance I could see signs of storms that were brewing, being especially enamored with …
  • COVID-19 Update 8.2.21
    August 2, 2021 Mount Vernon Community School District Families, Employees, and Community Members: Remarkably, the calendar has switched over to August and the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year is just three weeks away.  While we are excited …

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