After 29-years in public education, the past ten years at Mexico with the last five being superintendent, Kevin Freeman has accepted a position at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as Director of Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP). Freeman announced his decision to the Board of Education during the closed session after Tuesday night’s regular meeting. Freeman announced it to the administration team Thursday and to the district as a whole via email shortly afterward.

“It is with regret that the Board of Education accepted Mr. Freeman’s letter of retirement at our January board meeting. Mr. Freeman has been a tremendous asset for the district the last 10 years, especially the last five as Superintendent. We wish him all the best in his new position as Director of MSIP 6 at DESE. Mr. Freeman, thank you again for all of your service to Mexico 59" stated Dr. Peter Perll, President of the Board of Education.

Freeman said he wasn't looking for a new position, this fell into his lap and it was the perfect fit for him. In his new position Freeman will be measuring and accrediting school districts throughout the state.

"It was good timing and after I weighed the pros and cons, it made sense," Freeman said.

Freeman will be able to retire next year from the school system with full benefits. So having retirement and a second job made the decision a little easier.

He also said he didn’t know how much longer he would be able to continue as a superintendent. "Being a superintendent puts a toll on you," he said. He added that has nothing to do with Mexico. "I loved being here and there are great people here," he said. He also believes great things will happen here.

Freeman will still reside in Mexico and compute to Jefferson City. His wife, Della, will commute to Montgomery City, where she is the assistant superintendent for the Montgomery County School District. He also has a son at Mexico High School and a step-son in seventh-grade at Mexico Middle School.

Freeman’s retirement date will be June 30, 2017.

During his career Freeman has served as a high school principal, high school anatomy, physiology, biology and life sciences teacher.

In 2003, Freeman was hired as principal of the Mexico High School. In February of 2004 he was hired as the superintendent a Van-Far School District. He returned to Mexico in 2006 accepting the position of Mexico School District's assistant superintendent before becoming the superintendent.