Springfield Public Schools announced the hiring of two new principals for a pair of elementary schools.
Carol Furman will be the new leader at Disney Elementary school, replacing the retiring Lynne Miller.
Furman will be coming to the Ozarks from Costa Mesa, California, where she is currently a principal in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. She also has eight years of experience as a principal in the Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach, California.
“I am excited to join Springfield Public Schools and look forward to meeting each of the students, parents and staff that make Disney Elementary a model school in our community,” Furman said in a statement. “I am eager to continue the pursuit of excellence at Disney and lead staff in their great work toward academic and social success for all students!”
The new principal for Wilder Elementary won’t be making quite as far a move as Disney’s new leader.
Adam Bax will be taking the helm at Wilder, replacing Jason Steingraber who is moving to Pershing. Bax is the current principal of Robinson Intermediate School in the Aurora school district.
Bax has previously been a part of Springfield Public Schools. He served as an assistant principal at Jeffries Elementary and as a third and fifth grade teacher.
“It is a great privilege and honor to return to SPS to serve the Wilder community. Education is my passion and students are my purpose,” Bax said in a statement. “I look forward to supporting each student, staff and family for continued success. I am proud to be a Wilder Wildcat!”
“Principals are vitally important to learning, working to provide leadership for our schools and our community,” J Anderson, executive director of elementary education, said in a statement. “Both of these leaders have demonstrated their expertise and enthusiasm. With the selection of Adam and Carol to lead the Disney and Wilder learning communities, we are confident of continued excellence.”