Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith

Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith
Submitted Photo / Nixa Public Schools

Nixa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith is this year’s Superintendent of the Year, named by the Missouri Association of School Administrators.

The honor was announced during the MASA’s annual fall conference over the weekend in Osage Beach.

Kleinsmith, who is retiring next spring, is in his 18th year as Nixa Public Schools' top administrator.

In a news release, the district notes Kleinsmith has built strong and trusting relationships with the Nixa community.

Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith
Scott Harvey / KSMU

When Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith was informed of the superintendent’s vacancy at Nixa Public Schools in 2000, he initially didn’t show much interest.

The Iowa native was at the time assistant superintendent at Millard Public Schools outside of Omaha, Nebraska. When his sister and sister-in-law, both of whom lived in nearby Springfield, informed him of the opening at Nixa, “I thought they said Hixa,” Kleinsmith said.

Nixa Public Schools

Results are in for this year’s Missouri Assessment Program (MAP), and some local school districts have reason to celebrate. Both Ozark and Nixa scored above the state average in all categories, which include English, math, science, and social studies.

Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith is the superintendent of Nixa Public Schools.

“Nixa has been very fortunate to do quite well on their assessments and high stakes testing, so much so that we have ranked number one in the conference for going on 16 years in a row,” says Kleinsmith

Nine Missouri schools have been awarded the National Blue Ribbon award by the U.S. Department of Education. The program, which recognizes significant academic achievement in public and private settings, includes four local schools this year. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.