In regular session on Tuesday, January 19, the Harrison Board of Education voted to extend Dr. Stewart Pratt’s contract as superintendent of schools through June of 2024. His former contract continued through June of 2023. Dr. Pratt stated, "I feel very blessed to be a part of the Harrison School District. Everyday is a tremendous experience working alongside staff members and the school board as we create a great learning experience."
Before accepting the position at Harrison, Pratt worked for 11 years as a classroom teacher. He then served as high school assistant principal and athletic director for Branson Schools from 2003-07. In 2007, Pratt completed his specialist degree in educational administration and accepted the high school principal position at Willard R-II Schools. In 2012, Willard promoted Pratt to assistant superintendent focusing primarily on K-12 academic learning and staff growth. In February 2017, he earned his educational doctorate degree and on July 1, 2017, Dr. Pratt began his tenure as superintendent of Harrison Public Schools.
Dr. Pratt has worked hard to build communication, teamwork, and transparency in the district. Forest Heights Elementary principal Mark Ditmanson commented, “I appreciate Dr. Pratt's leadership in the Harrison School District. He truly does lead by example. Dr. Pratt always takes the time to listen to those in the school district and in the community. Harrison is fortunate to have Dr. Pratt as a leader with integrity for our schools.”
Lisa Bailey, Harrison High School teacher, stated “Dr. Pratt has always been positive and encouraging. He has also consistently told me that his "door is open." I feel he invites feedback from faculty and community before making important decisions, and he tries to keep the district and community informed regarding any necessary changes to policy or procedures”.
The Harrison School District includes a total of 2814 (preschool through 12th grade) and 406 employees and is housed on seven separate campuses.