Now the former Superintendent of the Ferguson Florissant District has been hired to take her place this summer.
"Dr. McCoy is a respected leader who inspires students and staff to do their best." said Jennings School Board President Rev. Harold Austin.
Art McCoy, 38, was seen as a rising star within the Missouri education community when he and his former school board parted ways. Now he is returning to the Jennings area where he spent his early years.
"We not only want to maintain the level of achievement that we have, which is 81 plus percent on accreditation. We want to be accredited with distinction and we want to go at that with full force all urgency." said Jennings Superintendent-Elect Dr. Art McCoy.
"It's saddening to see Dr. Anderson go. I am very excited that Dr. McCoy will take on basically the same actions as Dr. Anderson. He will and become as engaged as she was." said Jennings 9th Grader Tremayia Johnson.
They are willing to challenge McCoy as well, pointing out the college prep students aren't the only ones deserving of special attention.
"I just hope he expands his vision to the traditional side. There are a lot of kids over there who try as hard as we do and they deserve a chance." said Jennings 9th grader Rayvaan Lowe.
For McCoy, this job is a homecoming. He spent the last two years consulting at the national level.