The Superintendent of the Republic School District has announced he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the current school term.
Dr. Chance Wistrom announced his retirement at the Board of Education meeting December 19. Wistrom has been serving in the position for eight years.
The current Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Matt Pearce, was hired as the new Superintendent of Schools starting July 1, 2020. The hiring was done by the Board under a leadership succession plan that was put into place in 2017.
“Dr. Pearce is the finest leader and person with whom I have had the privilege of serving,” Wistrom said in a statement. “Dr. Pearce is responsible for much of the success we have experienced as a district and I am confident that he will continue to lead RepMO to new and greater heights. There is not a leader out there who is more capable of serving our district while truly caring about the wellbeing of each RepMO student and teammate. Essentially, he has been preparing for this role the past seven years, and is already considered an educational leader in our state. ”
Pearce has been Assistant Superintendent since 2013 and has overseen academic services for preschool through 12th grade, special education, federal programs, curriculum, and technology.
Pearce earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri.