Dr. Aaron Cornman, superintendent at Walnut Grove School District, has been named as the new superintendent of Pierce City R-6 School District. He will assume his duties on July 1.
"I am very excited about the opportunities and challenges that await me in the Pierce City School District," Cornman said. "It is my hope that we, as a community of learners, work together to impart the knowledge needed by our students to be successful members of society."
Cornman replaces Russ Moreland, who has been superintendent of the R-6 District for five years. Prior to that, Moreland was principal at Pierce City High School.
Cornman has worked as an elementary school principal and special education coordinator at Advance R-IV School in Advance and as a teacher of emotionally disturbed students at Malden R-1 in Malden. He has been superintendent at Walnut Grove since June of 2007.
Cornman received an associates degree in fne arts from Three Rivers Community College at Poplar Bluff in 1997 and a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1999. Cornman also obtained a master's degree in elementary and secondary administration from Southeast Missouri State University in 2000. He received a doctorate in educational leadership at St. Louis University in 2005.
"In just the short time I have spent visiting with members of the greater school community in Pierce City, I have noticed a genuine attitude of 'doing what is best for kids'," Cornman said. "One of the many factors I considered when applying for the position of superintendent at Pierce City is that of high expectations for student achievement. That factor is well evidenced by past Blue Ribbon and Gold Star school awards.
"I want to convey that my expectation is to continue that commitment to the teaching and learning process, increased student achievement, and instituting both as a top priority," Cornman cntinued.
"I want to thank the board of education and administrative team for affording me the opportunity to be the next visionary/instructional leader of Pierce City Schools," Cornman added. "I look forward to working with our community to continue to make Pierce City School District the very best it can be."