December 20, 2012

School District Turns to High School Principal to Fill Superintendent Vacancy

After a thorough search, the Scotland County R-I School District will promote from within to fill its superintendent vacancy next year.

On December 10th, the SCR-I Board of Education voted 7-0 to offer the district superintendent position to Ryan Bergeson with a two year contract. Bergeson will take over the reins of the district on July 1st. His contract sets a salary of $87,500 for the first year, with the second year salary being determined based on performance and the district's financial situation.

The move concluded an extensive search process that began in October with a series of public meetings. The Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) Search Services were utilized by the SCR-I board, which selected Bob Watkins to facilitate the search process, working with the MSBA to develop candidate profile to meet the needs of the district.

Superintendent Dave Shalley tendered his resignation from Scotland County R-I Schools at the September board meeting. He will retire in June, completing his ninth year as Superintendent. Prior to that he had served as the high school principal, filling that position in 2002.

Like Shalley, Bergeson, will have completed two years as high school principal before taking over as superintendent.

The board unanimously approved the hiring of Bergeson for the principal job back in April of 2011, tabbing him for that position from among a field of 21 candidates.

Prior to that, Bergeson had served as the elementary school principal at Running Fox school in the Clark County R-I school district.

He is a graduate of Buena Vista University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. He earned his master's degree in 2008 including his K-12 administrative certification in 2008 and prior to being hired as high school principal, finished his specialist degree that qualifies him as a superintendent.

The new superintendent got his start in teaching at SCR-I. He spent his first four years as an elementary instructor at SCR-I, teaching fifth and sixth grade from 2004-2008 and also serving as the varsity basketball coach.

In 2008 he was hired by the Clark County R-I School District as the assistant elementary school principal for the district's two elementary schools. The following year he was named the principal at Running Fox Elementary School.

The district will begin to advertise the high school principal vacancy and will discuss at the January 10th board of education meeting the procedures for the hiring process.

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