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Liberty superintendent John Jungmann is resigning for post in Springfield

Liberty superintendent John Jungmann is leaving for the top job with Springfield Public Schools.

Jungmann took over as Liberty superintendent in July after being promoted from deputy superintendent. He will complete his contract, which expires June 30, the district said.

Jungman, who has been with the Liberty district 20 months, said he applied for the Springfield position because a move to southwest Missouri would put him closer to family. Jungmann grew up in Lamar.

“The decision to pursue this change was a difficult one for our family, as we leave behind many new friends, a tremendous school system and an incredible community,” he said in a letter to his staff Friday morning.

In Springfield, Jungmann was announced as the “top finalist” for the superintendent’s job. Jungmann said in his letter that he expects to complete an employment contract after meeting with community members March 3.

The Liberty school board said it had launched a search process for Jungmann’s replacement.

“We are proud of the significant accomplishments under Dr. Jungmann’s leadership in his short time in our district,” board president Scott Connor said in a written statement. “A new facility master plan, updated strategic plan, passage of the levy and significant technology integration projects are a few of the highlights that have been implemented in the last twenty months.”

Jungmann previously had been superintendent of the Monett R-1 School District for four years and was named new superintendent of the year by the Missouri Association of School Administrators for the 2009-2010 school year.

He had been recommended for the Liberty superintendent’s job by Mike Brewer, who after five years as superintendent became executive director for elementary education in Liberty.