The Monett school board announced Monday that Kent Medlin will serve as the interim superintendent for the 2020-21 year.
Medlin, who has more than 30 years experience in the southwest Missouri district, started Monday.
He stepped into the role after Russ Moreland, Monett superintendent since mid-2018, died unexpectedly Nov. 3.
Medlin said he respected the Monett district and he had “many good friends” serve in the district through the years.
“I am honored to have an opportunity to serve our students and staff,” Medlin said, in a news release. “Together, we will ensure every team member has what they need to be successful in the days and weeks ahead.”
Andrew Bahl, president of the Monett school board, praised Medlin’s background.
“The Board appreciates Dr. Medlin’s commitment to serving our district with excellence — especially as we journey through this sad time together,” he said, in the release. “His depth of experience will be incredibly helpful as we remain focused on serving our students and community.”
Medlin, who has a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas, spent the first two years of his career as a bus driver. He taught and worked as an administrator in the Springfield district and then Lamar.
He was named principal of Willard High School in 2003. The following year, Medlin was hired as the Willard superintendent, a job he retired from in 2017.
A year ago, Medlin agreed to serve as the co-deputy superintendent of academics in Springfield, a job split with retired Nixa Superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith, for the 2019-20 year. He stepped into that role again this fall while the new deputy superintendent was on leave.
He also spent a year with the Missouri Educators Trust, a health care consortium.
Claudette Riley is the education reporter for the News-Leader. Email news tips to email@example.com.