Dr. Jim Cummins, former Wheaton R-III School District superintendent, began serving as assistant superintendent of operations and human resources at the Carl Junction R-I School District on July 1.
"I would like to thank the patrons of the Wheaton School District for the support and friendships developed over the last three years," said Cummins. "With the help of tremendous community support, the school district raised academic achievement resulting in full accreditation, passed a proposition C waiver and bond issue and developed a vision for the future. Although I am anxious for the new challenge that awaits me, the three years at Wheaton were the most professionally rewarding of my career.
"I believe the future is bright for the students of Wheaton. A substantial investment has been made in reading and math at the early grades that will reap rewards throughout the students' careers," said Cummins. "The district has worked with the Hmong leadership to build a strong bond and professional development training for all school employees and board members bolstered the vision of academic achievement."
Cummins said that many individuals share the goal of the district achieving "accreditation with distinction." He also stated that the support of parents and patrons will help the district continuously increase its academic performance and build new programs.
"There are far too many people to thank individually, but I would be remiss not to thank those who were on the school board that took a chance by hiring me, the community leaders who worked tirelessly on the bond issue, the building administrators who bought into the vision and the staff, students and parents for their pride and commitment to the success of the school district," said Cummins. "I leave Wheaton with a great deal of pride having been a part of the tradition and history and with many wonderful memories. Thank you and best wishes for a great future."
Cummins graduated cum laude from Southwest Missouri State University with a bachelor of science in finance in 1988. He also received a bachelor of science in education from Missouri Southern State College and a masters degree in secondary administration and a specialist degree in education from William Woods University.
On May 16, Cummins received his doctorate degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Cummins left a principal position at Diamond High School to accept the superintendent's position at Wheaton. Before becoming involved in administration, Cummins spent five years teaching business education and coaching at Neosho High School.