Simmons, who currently serves as the junior high school principal for the Seneca R-7 School District, will succeed William Sweet, who retires at the end of the 2012-13 school year after seven years in Verona.
Simmons emerged out of the list of four finalists to claim the position. The board moved quickly to fill the post, following Sweet's retirement announcement in November. Assistance in screening applicants was provided by the Missouri Association of Rural Educators (MARE).
Simmons has been at the Seneca district for the past six years. He began his education career as a high school math teacher and coach in the Coffeyville, Kan. District. He subsequently served as a middle school math teacher and coach in Columbia, Kan.
At the Galena, Kan. school district, Simmons served as an alternative high school principal, curriculum director, assistant high school principal, athletic director, high school math teacher and coach.
According to a statement released by the Verona School Board, "Mr. Simmons was selected from a strong list of candidates and was deemed to be the 'best fit' for the district. The Verona School Board members look forward to Mt. Simmons continuing the excellence of the district and welcome him into this important leadership role."
Receptions are being planned for Simmons to meet the faculty and staff as well as the patrons of the Verona district in the near future.
Simmons takes over his duties on July 1.