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SPS’ first chief learning officer returning to Branson

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Last edited 2:01 p.m., May 8, 2019

Mike Dawson, Springfield Public Schools’ first and only chief learning officer, is taking a job in Branson.

He’s scheduled to exit SPS on July 1 to become Branson Public Schools’ executive director of instruction, a newly created role at the district where he previously was a principal for nine years, according to a news release.

"Mike has done an exceptional job serving the 25,000 students of Springfield Public Schools and he will be greatly missed," SPS Superintendent John Jungmann said in the release. "I know he will achieve success on behalf of the students of Branson Public Schools in his new leadership role.”

Among his accomplishments at SPS, Dawson recently helped lead the district to partner with Burrell Behavioral Health to provide mental health services for the Hillcrest High School attendance boundary.

He joined SPS as a member of Jungmann’s cabinet in 2015, coming to Springfield from the Monett R-1 School District, where he was assistant superintendent. His job was created to meet learning development initiatives, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

"Serving Springfield has been a great privilege and I'm proud of our work to deliver the strategic plan by expanding learning supports, focusing on equity issues and most recently providing mental health services to students," Dawson said in the release.

Dawson’s annual salary is $148,976, said SPS Chief Communications Officer Stephen Hall.

Jungmann and the SPS Board of Education “are currently considering options” to replace Dawson, Hall said.

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