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April 11, 2014

Diamond School Board hires new superintendent

DIAMOND, Mo. — The Diamond Board of Education has hired a new superintendent.

Mike Mabe, 37, now works as principal at Sullivan (Mo.) Elementary School. He has been the principal for three years and was assistant principal for three years before that. Before going into administration, Mabe was a fourth-grade teacher at Sullivan Elementary. Before that, he taught fourth grade at Steelville (Mo.) Elementary School and coached high school baseball.

“I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to serving as superintendent for this outstanding district,” Mabe said in a district news release. He said he was looking forward to working with the staff and continuing the district’s tradition of excellence. His first day on the job is to be July 1.

“My family and I are very excited to make Diamond our home and become involved in this community,” Mabe said.

A native of Steelville, Mabe received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg in 2000. He received his master’s degree in administration from William Woods University in Fulton in 2004 and completed his education specialist degree there in 2013. He is currently working on his education doctorate degree there.

“We are excited for Mr. Mabe and his family to get moved into the Diamond School District,” board President Jill Renfro said in the news release. “We are confident that Mr. Mabe possesses the qualities we are seeking to continue the vision and direction of our district and know he will work very hard to be a great superintendent for our district.”

The board last month placed Superintendent Trisha Wilson on paid leave and named Gene Rice as interim superintendent to lead the district until the end of the school year.

A separation agreement signed by Renfro on Feb. 13 and by Wilson on Feb. 12 agreed to continue to pay Wilson’s annual $92,415 salary through Jan. 31, 2015. A provision in the agreement stated that anytime after March 1, the board or Wilson could choose to place Wilson on paid leave with health insurance through June 30. The board voted unanimously behind closed doors to place Wilson on leave effective March 1.


Mike Mabe will have a salary of $89,000 in the 2014-15 school year, according to minutes of the March 31 Diamond Board of Education meeting.

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