Ozark, Mo. -- (2/2/2018) Ozark School District Superintendent, Dr. Kevin Patterson, announced his plan to retire effective June 30, 2018.

The announcement came during a district-wide staff meeting on Thursday. The Ozark Board of Education will hold a special meeting to review Patterson’s letter of resignation on Tuesday, February 6.

Patterson will continue his career in education as the Director of Graduate Education at Southwest Baptist University. As a 1987 SBU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education, Patterson will begin working at SBU in July 2018. He will oversee eight graduate level degree programs in education that are offered online and in cohorts throughout Missouri.

“My heart has been and will always be with Ozark and my priority is doing what is best for the staff and students in Ozark Schools,” said Patterson. “This decision did not come lightly or with haste.”

Patterson has been a member of Ozark School District since 1987 in the following roles:

1987-1996 – Math and computer teacher along with football, wrestling and track coach
1996-2002 – Ozark High School Assistant Principal
2002-2006 – Ozark Junior High School Principal
2006-2012 – Assistant and Associate Superintendent
2012-2018 – Superintendent

“I have always been deeply impressed with Dr. Kevin Patterson’s passion for Ozark, for his dedication to education and for his drive to keep improving the Ozark School District,” said Patty Quessenberry, Ozark Board of Education president. “I am so proud of all Dr. Patterson's accomplishments and I want to wish him the best in his retirement as he walks into the next chapter of his life. I know that he will be very successful.”

(Edited Media Release)