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Contract Extended for Superintendent Dr. Bauman

At the Jan. 16 Ozark Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously approved a three-year contract for Superintendent Dr. Chris Bauman. Bauman will continue to lead Ozark through the 2022-23 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 second year at the helm of the District, and Ozark Board of Education President Jeff Laney said Bauman has exceeded the board’s expectations. 

“Dr. Bauman has already helped the District streamline processes to better focus on addressing the needs of our students. He has also overseen the development of the District's long-range plan that will positively affect every student in the District and change the way our students learn and prepare for their futures,” Laney said. “The board extended Dr. Bauman's contract to show that we are as committed to him as he has been to the students, staff and families of Ozark Schools.”

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.

“It’s an honor being able to serve the Ozark School District community,” Bauman said. “I’m excited about the work we are doing to shift our educational philosophy, and I’m looking forward to continuing Operation Renovate & Innovate to open the Ozark Innovation Center and expand Tiger Paw Early Childhood Center.”

Bauman’s annual salary is $162,400.