Gates hired as new super for Purdy

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Familiar face in a new position for the 2019-2020 school year

The Purdy Board of Education announced on May 13 that Mindi Gates, Purdy associate superintendent, will start the 2019-2020 school year as the new superintendent, succeeding Steven Chancellor.


Gates has worked in the Purdy school district for six years, two as an instructional coach and four as the associate superintendent.

Gates will begin her new position as superintendent on July 1.

“I am excited and consider it an honor and privilege to serve in this position with the teachers, staff and students that I consider the best in the area,” she said. “I feel like we are doing well in Purdy.”

Gates said her plans start with talking to the teachers and staff about what they want and need and get their ideas for moving forward.

“I am humbled and blessed to be given this opportunity by the Purdy Board of Education to step into this position for Purdy school,” she said.

“As for Mindi, I would just add that I cannot be more happy for her and the District,” Chancellor said. “She has worked hard to put herself in a position to be a successful leader, and she is an emerging star in the education profession. 

“I’m anxious to see where Purdy will go under her direction.”

Todd Schallert, Purdy Board of Education president, said the board used the Missouri Association Rural Education (MARE) search committee to find candidates.

“Paul Ricker headed that process for us,” he said. “He opened it for four weeks, then, he narrowed the applicants down to what he felt were the top four applicants.”

Schallert said there were 9-10 applications total for the position.

“We had four just absolutely wonderful interviews,” he said. “Mindi had a very clear-cut plan for Purdy and how she saw us moving in the future.”

Schallert said Gates had great ideas and a passion for the district.

“She has a love for all of the teachers, staff and students,” he said. “She separated herself in the interview process and with her love for the district it became obvious to us all that she was the choice.”

Schallert said the process from the time Chancellor notified the board he would be leaving to hiring Gates for the position took about eight weeks.

“We had the application process open for four weeks, and once it closed, it took about a week and a half to finalize everything,” he said. “Steven has been here for seven years, and both he and Mindi have been wonderful professionals for the district.”

Schallert said he truly believes Chancellor has left the Purdy school district better than he found it.

“We are so happy with what he has done here,” he said. “When we sat with Mindi for her interview process, you could see the love and the ideas she has for Purdy.

“We can put a great candidate on top of all of that, and we are very excited.”

Gates’ duties as superintendent begin on July 1 with a salary of $87,500. Chancellor’s exiting salary is $98,362.

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