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SPS Fills Chief Learning Officer Position Temporarily

Kraft Administrative Center
Michele Skalicky
Kraft Administrative Center
Kraft Administrative Center
Credit Michele Skalicky
Kraft Administrative Center

Two people will share the position of superintendent of academics for Springfield Public Schools in the next school year.   

Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith and Dr. Kent Medlin will serve in an interim, part-time capacity for the 2019-2020 school year.  They’ll share oversight of Elementary and Secondary Education; Learning Supports and Innovation; and Special Education and English Language Learner Supports.

According to SPS, the search for a permanent deputy superintendent of academics will begin later this year.  The position had been held by Dr. Mike Dawson who left for a position with another school district. 

Dr. Kleinsmith retired as superintendent of Nixa Public Schools after serving the district for 18 years.  Dr. Medlin retired in 2017 after serving 13 years as superintendent of the Willard School District. 

"Both Dr. Kleinsmith and Dr. Medlin are talented educators who lead with passion and integrity. I appreciate their willingness to serve in this capacity and I look forward to the progress we will make together over the coming months," said SPS superintendent, Dr. John Jungmann.

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Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.