Board of Education Names Interim Superintendent, Effective Immediately


The Monett R-1 School District’s Board of Education announced Monday that Dr. Kent Medlin (photo below) will serve as interim superintendent through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. The appointment is effective immediately, following the passing of Mr. Russ Moreland.

Dr. Medlin retired in 2017 after serving 13 years as superintendent of Willard School District. His career in education includes service to Springfield Public Schools as a chemistry teacher and administrator, as well as principal in the Lamar and Willard school districts. Following retirement, he worked as the director of operations for the Missouri Educators’ Trust and as an education team facilitator for Paragon Architecture. Most recently, Dr. Medlin has served as an interim administrator for Springfield Public Schools, including as co-deputy superintendent of academics. Dr. Medlin received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in education from Missouri State University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas.

“I have great respect for the Monett R-1 School District and have had many good friends serve in the district through the years” said Dr. Medlin. “I am honored to have an opportunity to serve our students and staff. Together, we will ensure every team member has what they need to be successful in the days and weeks ahead.” 

“The Board appreciates Dr. Medlin’s commitment to serving our district with excellence - especially as we journey through this sad time together,” said Mr. A.J. Bahl, president of the Board of Education. “His depth of experience will be incredibly helpful as we remain focused on serving our students and community.”

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