According to a news release issued by the Marshfield R-1 Board of Education, and printed in the Marshfield Mail newspaper, the school district's new superintendent Mark Mayo will be a perfect fit for the 3,000 student school:
Steve Rasnick, president of the Marshfield school board, cited Mayo's, "depth of knowledge, his diverse professional experience and his successful track record as a southwest Missouri superintendent of schools" as key factors in the board's decision.
Mayo has experience in the business field as well as education, serving as a vice president in financial management for Boatmen's and Mercantile Bank before entering the field of education. Mayo comes to Marshfield after seven years as superintendent of the Diamond school district and he also has experience as a high school principal and teacher in southwest Missouri schools.
Rasnick said, "It is highly unusual to find someone that has what may be the perfect combination of skills for a superintendent in today's environment; knowledge of the law, finance and a track record of showing educational results. When you couple that experience with Mark's outstanding communications ability; we are confident this is the right leader for our students, staff and patrons."
Mayo is a native of Lamar and earned his undergraduate degree in education from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, his juris doctorate from Washburn University, a master's degree in education administration and a specialist's degree in education administration from Missouri State University. He has recently completed all coursework for his second doctoral degree, the executive doctorate degree in education leadership, from Saint Louis University.
Rasnick said since the current Marshfield superintendent, Wutke, announced he would be retiring at the end of this school year after nearly a decade at the helm of the local district, the school board has spent many hours in the search for Wutke's successor. "There were many well qualified and talented applicants. However, the board was initially drawn to the diverse and successful track record of Dr. Mayo; then we were impressed by his vision for our district and his understanding of the need for a total community approach to learning." Rasnick added, "The more we talked with him and checked with people who had worked with him, the better we felt at placing him in this critical role for our district."