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R-12 Names Finalist for Superintendent's Job

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- After a three month search, the Springfield School District has chosen a Missouri native superintendent as the top finalist for the R-12 superintendent's job.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- After a three month search, the Springfield School District has chosen a Missouri native superintendent as the top finalist for the R-12 superintendent's job.

Dr. John Jungmann, the current superintendent for the Liberty, Missouri school district, will be in Springfield March 3 to meet with community leaders, school employees and the public.
Jungmann is familiar with southwest Missouri.  He was superintendent of Monett R-1 School District for four years before going to Liberty.

Jungmann issued a letter to the Liberty district Friday morning, after Springfield announced he is the finalist here.  According to the Liberty Schools website, he wrote; "I have greatly enjoyed the last 20 months I have spent in Liberty and the opportunity to serve the students of LPS with each of you.  The decision to pursue this change was a difficult one for our family as we leave behind many new friends, a tremendous school system and community."

R-12 school officials say a series of public events will be scheduled when Jungmann is in Springfield, for the public to meet him. The schedule of those events will be announced next week, a statement from the district said.

Jungmann was one of 13 people who applied for the job being vacated by Dr. Norman Ridder.  The School Board narrowed the list to semifinalists and interviewed them Feb. 16-17.

According to the Liberty school district, Dr. Jungmann will complete the remainder of his contact with Liberty Public Schools, which expires June 30, 2014.  The Liberty system has about 11,500 students.   It is located just northwest of Kansas City.

Jungmann grew up in the Lamar, Missouri.  He has a wife and three daughters.
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