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Ozark Board of Education Extends Superintendent's Contract

Ozark School District

The Ozark School Superintendent’s contract has been extended.  The district’s board of education voted unanimously to extend Dr. Chris Bauman’s contract for another year, making it a three-year contract.  He’ll continue to lead the Ozark School District through the 2021-2022 school year.

Three years is the longest contract a school board may offer a superintendent under Missouri law, according to  news release from Ozark School, which also states that the vote "represents a vote of confidence in Bauman’s leadership."

This is Dr. Bauman’s first year leading the district.  He served as executive director of operations before being named superintendent in July 2018.

Ozark Board of Education president, Shane Nelson, said the transition to a new superintendent has been smooth.

“When Dr. Bauman was hired, he had a vision for what he wanted to do for Ozark Schools, which included some restructuring," Nelson said.  "I applaud him for getting all that in place seamlessly in his first year.” 

Bauman has been in education for nearly 25 years. He started as a mathematics teacher at Verona High School and began working in the Ozark District in 1999 as a mathematics instructor, volleyball coach and wrestling coach at Ozark Junior High. After serving in Iraq for 14 months in the Army National Guard, Bauman became OJH assistant principal in 2006 and then served as principal of Ozark Upper Elementary from 2007-2013. Bauman served as executive director of operations before being named superintendent last year.