Wheaton superintendent gets contract extension

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Massey aims to continue tech boom at district

WHEATON -- The Wheaton Board of Education recently extended the district superintendent's contract by one year.

Massey has been the superintendent for four years. His current salary is $81,500 per year, and his salary will increase by 1.75 percent each year of his contract, which is a similar increase to teachers and other administrators in the district who gain another year of experience.

When the board evaluated Superintendent Lance Massey in January, it felt his contract extension was the best thing for the school, said Lewis Royer, board president.

"He does a good job and manages the affairs of the district extremely well," Royer said.

Massey said the board gave him a three-year contract last year, and the one-year extension this year will be added onto the contract approved last year.

Massey said he is excited to continue working for the Wheaton School District.

"My goal is to make Wheaton Schools the best school in the four-state area," he said.

Massey, 45, has been in education for 24 years. He taught agriculture education in Diamond and Neosho. He was the Wheaton High School principal for six years. He has been the Wheaton superintendent for four years.

"I think some of the things that I look at that has really changed over my 24-year career is technology," Massey said.

The Wheaton School District has completed a goal of implementing one Google Chromebook to every student in seventh to 12th grades.

That process lasted more than a year, Massey said. Wheaton elementary has distributed one iPad to every two children. In the next six to nine months, the district wants every elementary student to have an iPad.

"Technology is such an area that we've got students at Wheaton that are going to compete on a global market, and we need to be preparing our students for those global learners," Massey said.

The district wants to have well-rounded students who work well in the classroom and compete in the sports arenas and the marketplace.

"We have a vision here that we want what's best for all students in the schools," he said. "We are really trying to have a lot of success for our students in all areas, so that they can go out and become productive citizens in our community or other communities."

Another goal is that the district needs to retain high quality staff and employees, Massey said.

"We've got a staff that I would put up against any school district in the area," he said.

Quality schools have a supportive board of education, Massey said.

"Wheaton has been very fortunate the last several years to have a Board of Education that puts kids first," he said.

Massey grew up in the Neosho area. He graduated from Neosho High School. He went to Crowder College before he graduated with a bachelor's degree in agriculture education from Southwest Missouri State University (which is now called Missouri State University) in Springfield. He graduated with a master's and specialist degree in educational administration from William Woods University in Fulton. He received his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

He and his wife, Melissa Massey, have two daughters and one son. Melissa Massey, who also has her doctorate in educational leadership, works for the Southwest Center for Educational Excellence in Webb City and in professional development for teachers and teacher education. She has been an elementary principal and an elementary teacher.

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