Monday, October 17, 2016
Former Webb CIty superintendent named to Joplin R-8 post
Joplin Schools is pleased to announce that Dr. Ron Lankford will serve as interim human resources director for the district. Dr. Lankford has served Missouri students for 43 years as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and, most recently, as the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s deputy commissioner of education for financial and administrative services. He has worked in the Harrisburg school district, East Newton school district, and retired after 39 years with the Webb City school district, 12 of those years as superintendent. He spent the last six years with DESE, retiring from that position in June of this year.
"I am excited that Dr. Lankford will share his vast experience and expertise in education and leadership with our district in this interim position," said Dr. Norm Ridder, interim superintendent for Joplin Schools. "We share a similar philosophy of empowering students, teachers, and our leadership to better engage all learners and to better support our classrooms. He will help fill a vital role as we transition to new district leadership."
Once the Board of Education selects the next superintendent, the new superintendent will participate in the process to fill the HR director position permanently. Dr. Lankford began his duties October 17 and will office at the administration building.