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Jefferson City School District leader to retire at end of the year

Larry Linthacum
Courtesy Jefferson City School District
Larry Linthacum

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

The leader of the Jefferson City School District will retire at the end of the school year, the district said Friday.

The district released the news of Superintendent Larry Linthacum's retirement after a closed session school board meeting to discuss personnel matters. Linthacum arrived in the district in 2015-2016 after beginning his career in 1995 as a business teacher at Jefferson City High School before taking administrative roles elsewhere.

Linthacum will start a new job as the president and CEO of Special Olympics in July, according to a release from the school district.

“It has been a privilege to serve the students and staff of our district for these past seven years,” Linthacum said in the news release. “I am immensely proud of all of the accomplishments we have made together, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for JC Schools.”

School board President Ken Enloe praised Linthacum's performance, saying "the improvements we have made will have a lasting impact on our schools and community for years to come." The district's release touted the second-highest graduation rate in 30 years at JC Schools, steady gains in standardized test scores and improved reading scores during Linthacum's tenure.

Linthacum also helped usher a bond issue to passage to pay for renovations of Jefferson City High School and Nichols Career Center and the construction of a second high school, Capital City High School.

He worked as a superintendent in Maryville, Missouri, and Bethany, Missouri, before taking the helm at JC Schools.

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Matthew Sanders

Matthew Sanders is the digital content director at ABC 17 News.

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