Dr. Kevin Patterson

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Ozark Junior High School officials unveiled a renovated space Friday that in part joins older and previously separated campus buildings.

There are new safety features, collaborative work spaces and a new cafeteria. The building boasts updated elective, core subject and fine art classrooms. The improvements follow a district-wide $20 million bond passed in April 2015, according to a statement from the school. The junior high upgrades accounted for $12.3 million.

A ribbon cutting was held Friday by the Ozark Chamber of Commerce, followed by building tours.

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In a unanimous vote, the Ozark Board of Education this week renewed the contract of Superintendent Dr. Kevin Patterson.

The three year extension keeps Patterson with the district through the 2018-2019 school year, and is a vote of confidence in Patterson’s leadership, the board said. Three years is the longest contract a school board may offer a superintendent under Missouri law.

Patterson is completing his 29th year with the district. He started his career as a math and computer science teacher and athletics coach before working his way into various administrative roles.