Ozark School Board Extends Superintendent’s Contract

Dr. Chris Bauman will be spending some more time on the campuses of the Ozark School District.

The Ozark Board of Education voted to extend the contract of their superintendent at their most recent meeting. The extension will keep Bauman in the district through the 2022-2023 school year.

“Dr. Bauman has already helped the District streamline processes to better focus on addressing the needs of our students,” Ozark Board of Education President Jeff Laney said in a statement. “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. 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 leading the district for two years and makes a salary of $162,400.

Bauman joined the Ozark School District in 1999 as a math teacher, volleyball and wrestling coach at Ozark Junior High School. He served in Iraq for 14 months with the Army National Guard, then became the assistant principal at Ozark Junior High School in 2006. He took over as principal of Ozark Upper Elementary from 2007-2013.

“It’s an honor being able to serve the Ozark School District community,” Bauman said in a statement. “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.”

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