Schmidt steps down from district
During an special meeting Friday morning, the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education has unanimously accepted the resignation of Mark Schmidt, the district's director of human resources.
"Right now I just think this is the right time for myself and my family and this is in the best interest for myself and my family," Schmidt said. "I’ve truly enjoyed working with all of the dedicated staff in USD 232 over the past 12 years. However there does come a time when you start to look at what the next adventure is going to be and I feel right now is that time for me."
The board met briefly in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Board members Janine Gracy and Randy Johnson cast their vote over the phone.
De Soto Superintendent Ron Wimmer said he appreciated all of the hard work Schmidt had done for the district and wished him the best of luck and success.
"I'll do whatever I can to assist him in his future plans," Wimmer said.
Schmidt began his career at the school district as principal of Lexington Trails Middle School for nine years. In early 2007, he became the district's director of human resources.
Schmidt said he plans working in the education field as some sort of administrator.
"Education gives meaning to my job," he said.
Schmidt will work throughout the end of his contract, which ends in June.
Wimmer said superintendent-elect Douglas Sumner will take over for Schmidt's duties for the 2010-2011 school year.