The head of Springfield Public Schools has announced he will retire from public education at the end of the current school year.
Dr. John Jungmann made the announcement Wednesday morning.
“It has been my honor to serve as SPS superintendent and I will cherish the seven years of work we have partnered to deliver,” Dr. Jungmann said in a statement. “Together, we have much we can be proud of, but nothing is more meaningful than our efforts to raise our graduation rate to the highest level in district history and to set a new bar for all future graduating classes. This effort will directly impact the lives of our students and strengthen our community for years to come.”
Dr. Jungmann’s career included time as a high school English teacher in Lamar; assistant high school principal, middle school principal, and superintendent in Monett; and deputy superintendent and superintendent at Liberty.
“As Dr. Jungmann prepares to depart SPS next summer, he maintains strong support from our Board for his consistent, visionary and strategic leadership,” Dr. Alina Lehnert, president of the SPS Board of Education, said in a statement. “Dr. Jungmann’s unwavering commitment to our 25,000 kids and 3,500 staff leaves a significant, meaningful legacy for our community. We congratulate him for his many years of public education service to the state of Missouri and for a well-deserved retirement.”
The District, in a press release, listed what they called achievements of the district under Jungmann’s leadership:
- Highest graduation rate in the history of Springfield Public Schools
- Development of a new strategic plan and system-wide focus on equity and diversity
- Completion of the district’s Facility Master Plan and passage of Proposition S, the largest bond in SPS history, providing $168 million for critical facility improvements
- Deployment of 1-to-1 devices to every student for equal access to technology
- Design and deployment of Launch, a virtual education program for more than 300 partner districts statewide
- Expansion of early childhood programming for an additional 500 students
- Improved teacher salaries, distinguishing SPS with the best schedule in the region
- Expansion of summer learning experiences through Explore
- Creation of new business and education partnerships in support of profession-based programming through the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS)
- Expanded regional collaboration through the Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts (GOCSD)
“As we move forward, I wish SPS the very best and will work hand-in-hand with our Board of Education to ensure a smooth leadership transition,” Dr. Jungmann said. “I look forward to finishing out my final year with the same passion and commitment that I have brought with me during each of the last six years. Our students need and deserve nothing less from each of us.”
The Springfield School Board has accepted Jungmann’s letter of retirement. A nationwide search for his replacement will begin immediately by board officials.