The Springfield school board plans to immediately start the search for the district’s next leader.
At the Sept. 22 meeting, the board will begin the search for an executive consulting firm to facilitate the process.
Board president Alina Lehnert said the seven-member governing board will also propose a timeline.
Superintendent John Jungmann submitted his resignation letter Sept. 8, which indicated his final day with the district will be Aug. 31, 2021.
“The board is thankful for Dr. Jungmann’s thoughtfulness to signal to us his retirement plan, which then allows us enough time to start and move forward with the hiring process this year,” she said.
Lehnert said the goal is to have a superintendent hired for the start of the 2021-22 year.
“The board has been strongly supportive of Dr. Jungmann and while we knew this was a possibility, it still is a little bit sad,” she said. “At the same time, we are hopeful that Dr. Jungmann will finish a strong year this year and that we have … a strong foundation within our district to move us forward.”
She said Jungmann assembled a strong team, starting with his cabinet.
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Denise Fredrick, a retired Springfield educator, was president of the school board during Jungmann’s first three years. She was first elected in 2011.
“I can say without hesitation that he has far exceeded the high expectations the board set for him from the very beginning,” she said.
“His tireless work ethic is matched only by his love for students, which drives every decision he has made on our district’s behalf. I am so proud of what he has achieved during his tenure and I know he will continue to serve with the deepest level of commitment through the remainder of his time with us.”
Gerry Lee, who has served on the board since 2006, said he has mixed emotions about Jungmann’s upcoming departure.
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“I’m sad for the district because I think we’re losing a great leader but I am happy for John,” he said. “We’ve had a good seven-year run with him and so many positive things have happened for our district.”
Lee said he’s been involved in the hiring process for multiple superintendents, either as part of the board or a community member. He said the goal, with each hire, is to find the person who can take the district to the next level.
“That is the question you ask anyone coming in,” he said.
He said Jungmann came in with a strong vision for where he wanted to take the district. “He stuck to that over the seven years.”
Lee said Jungmann put the district “on a great track for the next superintendent” and the timing of his resignation letter provides ample time for the search.
“It gets us in the market early in the year, which is good,” he said. “It is going to be busy. There is going to be a lot of work between now and the spring. But, it’s plenty of time to get us in the market and do what we need to do to get the next superintendent.”
Other board members who will be involved in the hiring process include Jill Patterson, Bruce Renner, Charles Taylor and Shurita Thomas-Tate.
Jungmann said he will not be part of the hiring process but he will work with the next leader to ensure a smooth transition.
Claudette Riley is the education reporter for the News-Leader. Email news tips to [email protected] and consider supporting vital local journalism by subscribing. Learn more by visiting News-Leader.com/subscribe.
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