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Jungmann Begins Job as R-12 Superintendent

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- New leadership takes over Tuesday for Springfield public schools.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- New leadership takes over Tuesday for Springfield public schools.

Dr. John Jungmann officially begins his job as R-12 Superintendent on July 1, although he has been in Springfield for several weeks getting to know the community and district.

Jungmann was hired in March to succeed Dr. Norm Ridder.  He was the only finalist brought to Springfield to meet with civic and community leaders.

He comes from the Liberty, Missouri school district, and is a former superintendent for Monett, Missouri schools.

According to a statement released Monday by the R-12 district, Jungmann has set four major goals for his first three months on the job:

•    Create a structure to listen and learn comprehensively about Springfield Public Schools and begin to cultivate trust and confidence through open communication.
•    Establish a strong working relationship with the Board of Education.
•    Study in-depth the district's student performance status and review the financial condition of the system.
•    Promote a culture of excellence and continuous improvement with a focus on student achievement.

Jungmann's total compensation package, including salary and benefits, is worth about $250,000, according to the district.



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