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Monett Superintendent resigns to accept job with Liberty district

Friday, February 24, 2012 ~ Updated 10:01 AM

Dr. John Jungmann
The search for a new superintendent for the Monett R-1 School District begins today following the resignation of Dr. John Jungmann from the district's top job at last night's board of education meeting.

Jungmann, who has served as superintendent for four years, leaves to take the newly created position of deputy superintendent for the Liberty School District, north of Kansas City. Liberty has an enrollment of 11,700 students.

"I want to thank Dr. Jungmann for his many contributions to our school system over the last decade," said Board of Education President, Dr. J.D. Roberts. "At each of his steps in his administrative career with us, he has exemplified professionalism and a true commitment to the students he serves."

Jungmann commented that he wished to thank the past and present boards of education, administration, faculty, and staff of the district.

"I feel blessed to have worked with a team of professionals and educators who care deeply about student success and who are willing to make the changes and sacrifices necessary to meet the needs of our student body," Jungmann said.

The resignation will become effective on June 30, and Jungmann will start his new position with Liberty on July 1.

"Dr. Jungmann has worked tirelessly to lead our district to new levels of performance by championing collaboration among faculty, aggressively embedding technology into the fabric of our classrooms, and constructing budgets that have allowed us to improve our facilities while maintaining competitive salaries for our faculty and staff," noted Roberts. "He will be sorely missed, but we wish him well with in this new opportunity."

"As I leave, I wish Monett R-1 the best and offer my assistance to the board and community with the transition to new leadership," said Jungmann. "I feel confident that Monett R-1 will remain a progressive educational leader in our area and state and look forward to watching the district continue to grow and improve in the future."

Jungmann's responsibilities in Liberty will place significant focus on the areas of leadership development, strategic planning and school accountability.

"The board is excited about the direction the district is heading and wants to make sure this transition is smooth and does not provide for an interruption in the progress that is being made by our students, faculty and administration," commented Roberts.

A special board meeting has been scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26 to consider the next step in finding a successor for Jungmann.

A graduate of Missouri Southern State College, Jungmann has been with the Monett District for 10 years. He served as assistant principal at Monett High School in from 2002 to 2004 before taking on the duties of middle school principal from 2004 to 2008. He completed his master's degree from Southwest Missouri State University in 2000 and his doctorate from the University of Arkansas in 2006.

Jungmann will have served the shortest time as superintendent in Monett in over 60 years. His predecessor, Dr. Charles Cudney, served from 1993 to 2008. Dr. Thomas Kurucz served from 1987 to January 1993. Dr. Ralph Scott served from 1965 to 1987, succeeding E.E. Camp, who held the position into the early 1940s.

In his letter of resignation, Jungmann said his decision to leave had been difficult.

"I greatly appreciate the opportunities that Monett R-1 and the Monett community have provided for me as an educator and for my family during the last ten years," Jungmann wrote. "It is with mixed emotions that I leave a community and school district that I have grown to love over the last ten years of service.

"As I leave, I wish Monett R-1 the best and offer my assistance to the board and community with the transition to new leadership," added Jungmann.

A complete copy of Jungmann's letter of resignation can be read at www.monett-times.com.

The search for the district's new superintendent will begin immediately according to Roberts.

"The board has been aware that this day might have been on the horizon for some time and has already begun to put the planning pieces together for a successful transition of leadership."

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One piece of info that would have been really relevant in this story would have been salaries (what, we the taxpayers of this district have been paying him and what he will be making at his new school). This is virtually always included in stories of people leaving or being hired. We can look it up, but it would have been nice to be included. It seems certainly pertinent.

-- Posted by common-tater on Sat, Feb 25, 2012, at 1:52 PM

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