Dr. Brenda Youngblood, a retired Hazelwood School District (HSD) principal who currently serves on the district's board of education, was recently selected as the chairwoman of the Special School District (SSD) of St. Louis County Governing Council.The SSD Governing Council is a 22-member oversight board for SSD consisting of one board of education member from each of St. Louis County’s 22 public school districts, according to its website.
The Governing Council reviews and approves the district’s annual budget; reviews and approves a five-year rolling plan for the district; and interviews and elects the seven members of the SSD Board of Education.
About 23,000 students with disabilities benefit from SSD services.
Youngblood was elected to the HSD Board of Education in 2011. She retired in 2009 from HSD after22 years. She was a principal at Keeven Elementary School and McCurdy Elementary School.
According to HSD, Youngblood is an area coordinator of nine Missouri chapters for Phi Delta Kappa; chair, St. Louis Principals’ Academy; faculty member, Harvard University Summer Institute for Principals; presenter at five national conferences; St. Louis American newspaper’s Salute to Excellence award winner; Metropolitan Saint Louis Alliance of Black School Educators award winner; Iota Phi Lambda’s Apple for the Teacher award winner; and recipient of three international travel scholarships.