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February 18, 2014

Diamond superintendent to leave job at end of term

DIAMOND, Mo. — The Diamond Board of Education last week voted to accept the resignation of Superintendent Trish Wilson.

A resignation letter, dated Feb. 12 reads: “Please accept this official letter of resignation as superintendent of schools effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.”

Wilson didn’t attend the Feb. 12 meeting of the board.

Wilson didn’t return a call from the Globe seeking comment on Tuesday.

Board President Jill Renfro didn’t respond to emails sent to her on her school district email or a message left for her through the administration office. The school district’s attorney, Tom Mickes, also didn’t return calls.

The board has scheduled another meeting for 6 p.m. today. Agenda items to be addressed in open session include approval of a resignation letter from Diamond Elementary School Principal Jeff Payne and a resignation letter from a middle school teacher.

Payne met behind closed doors with the board last Wednesday. His resignation letter is dated Thursday, Feb. 13.

His letter reads in part: “After thinking about the discussion last night I have decided, in the best interest of the district and my family, to move on from the Diamond R-IV School District. Please accept this as my formal letter of resignation as elementary principal upon the completion of the 2013-2014 school year.”

He thanked the board for the opportunity to work in the district and said he would continue to be the best administrator he could be.

“I hope I have made a positive impact on my students and staff,” Payne wrote in the letter. “I will miss them dearly.”

Payne didn’t return a call from the Globe seeking comment.


TRISH WILSON began as superintendent in the Diamond School District in July 2008.

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