Park superintendent hired at Cassville R-4

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Dusty Reid, superintendent of Roaring River State Park, checks on the progress of roof repairs to a pavilion at the park that has been there since the 1930s. Reid has accepted a position at the Cassville R-4 School District as director of facilities and operations, and he will begin his tenure in mid-February. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Reid to leave Roaring River for director of facilities and operations post

Dusty Reid, 20-year employee of Missouri State Parks and superintendent of Roaring River State Park, was recently named director of facilities and operations for the Cassville R-4 School District.

Reid said he applied for the position after his family moved from living at the park to living in the city of Cassville, and he felt the position was a good opportunity.

"The Cassville School District has a great reputation in the community and has been a pillar in the community for many years, and I want to help continue that reputation," he said. "I will be assisting the maintenance and grounds staff and providing support to different aspects of building maintenance and overall operations."

Richard Asbill, superintendent of the Cassville R-4 School District, said Reid's experience and expertise is exactly what the district needs for the position that has been vacant for two years.

"The district needs effective operations and facility management, and with upcoming retirements of key maintenance personnel, we are reorganizing our operations and facility management programs," he said.

Jon Horner, member of the Cassville school board, said Reid will be a great asset to the district.

"Dusty has the qualifications and leadership ability to help ensure that Cassville R-4 facility and operations programs are progressive," he said. "He understands our school district is customer-driven, and his customer-service philosophy to our Roaring River State Park is an outstanding attribute to bring to our school system."

Reid said although he is excited to take the post with the school district, he will miss working in the Missouri State Parks system.

"I will miss a lot of stuff at Roaring River and at all the state parks, where I have made a lot of friends," he said. "I will miss the scenery and the visitors. Even during a stressful week, going to the campgrounds on a Friday and hearing the children laughing and families by the camp fire making memories puts things into perspective and made the job worthwhile. I have been blessed to be a part of the parks system for so long, and it really is the best state parks system in the country."

While he will not be working for Roaring River State Park after about a month's time, Reid said he still hopes to enjoy all the park has to offer.

"I'm honestly excited to just go out and play in the parks and enjoy them as a user," he said. "I plan to do a lot of camping this summer."

The school's hiring of Reid comes on the heels of multiple projects, such as the FEMA building at Cassville High School, and ahead of the $4 million worth of repairs and maintenance if Cassville voters pass the school's proposed bond issue.

Reid has been at Roaring River State Park for seven years, and he previously worked as the Superintendent of Jones-Confluence Point State Park in West Alton. Reid is one of 14 employees out of 30,000 to receive the Governor's Award of distinction.

Reid, who will not take the post until mid-February, is likely to earn a salary of about $55,000 per year, pending approval from the board of education. He earns about $50,000 per year as superintendent of Roaring River State Park.

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