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Mark Hedger, left, pictured with his family, is joining the Strafford R-VI School District as superintendent.
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Mark Hedger, left, pictured with his family, is joining the Strafford R-VI School District as superintendent.

New superintendent joins Strafford district

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The Strafford R-VI School District Board of Education named a new superintendent.

Mark Hedger is slated start July 1 for the 2021-22 academic year, said Marcy Easterly, the district’s communications director. He was hired with an initial two-year contract, after which the board will revisit the matter, she said.

Hedger comes to Strafford from his previous five-year role as superintendent of the Laclede County R-1 School District in Conway.

He succeeds the retiring Brett Soden, who was hired starting with the 2018-19 academic year.

Prior to joining the Laclede County district, Hedger had past experience as a teacher and coach at Knob Noster School District, elementary principal at Ozark West Elementary, and head men's basketball coach and athletic director at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, according to a news release.

In Strafford, Hedger’s salary will be $120,000, said Easterly.

The Strafford R-VI School District has roughly 1,100 students, according to its website.

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