Nixa Public Schools

Nixa Public Schools

The Nixa Public School District has announced its new superintendent.  Dr. H Gearl Loden will start the job next July 1.

Loden has served as superintendent of Tupelo Public Schools in Tupelo, Mississippi for the last six years.

Nixa’s Board of Education president, Scott McDonald, said in a news release they chose Loden because he “comes from a school district larger than Nixa and has faced some of the challenges that our school and state may encounter in the future.”

The Nixa Board of Education has narrowed down the superintendent candidates to two finalists.  But the Board isn’t ready to release the names of the finalists.

According to a statement from the school district, “the Board of Education is on track to meet the December 14 date to announce the new superintendent.”

Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith
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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.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed budget invests more in K-12 education while slashing hundreds of million in other areas.

The first budget for the newly sworn-in Republican governor was unveiled before a crowd at the Early Childhood Center in Nixa, where he pledged $5.95 billion in revenue for elementary and secondary education.

“There will be more money through gaming funds, federal funds and state funds into K-12 education. It’s a total increase of 4.1 percent,” said Greitens.  

Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith
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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.