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Contract Extended for Ozark Superintendent Dr. Chris Bauman

The Ozark Board of Education voted unanimously to extend Superintendent Dr. Chris Bauman’s contract for another year, making it a three-year contract. Bauman will continue to lead Ozark through the 2021-22 school year. Three years is the longest contract a school board may offer a superintendent under Missouri law. This represents a vote of confidence in Bauman’s leadership.

This is Bauman’s first year at the helm of the District, and Ozark Board of Education President Shane Nelson said it has been a smooth transition.

“When Dr. Bauman was hired, he had a vision for what he wanted to do for Ozark Schools, which included some restructuring. I applaud him for getting all that in place seamlessly in his first year,” Nelson said. “It’s been a pleasure working with Dr. Bauman in his first year as superintendent. We are excited about the future of Ozark Schools and we’re excited to have him leading.”

Bauman has been in education for nearly 25 years. He started as a mathematics teacher at Verona High School before becoming an Ozark Tiger in 1999, where he was 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 in July 2018.

“We’re really excited with his experience in operations to have Dr. Bauman leading us as we look to the future and continue our long range planning,” Nelson said. “We, as a board, really appreciate how well everyone is working together for the benefit of our kids.”