The Mexico School District Board of Directors has hired Dr. Zachary Templeton, as the district's new superintendent. He will begin his duties on July 1. Templeton is in his fifth year as assistant superintendent in the district.

"Dr. Templeton has held the assistant superintendent position for the past five years. He has been a great addition to the Mexico community and to the school district. We are confident, as superintendent, he will continue to lead Mexico #59 to be one of the best school districts in Missouri. The school board wants the best education possible for our students. We know that Dr. Templeton has that same passion for our students' success," states Peter Perll, president of the Mexico 59 Board of Education.

Templeton replaces Superintendent Kevin Freeman, who is retiring from the Mexico School District and taking a job with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Templeton said he is excited about his new position. "I am very excited for the opportunity and I am looking forward to continue the work that Mr. Freeman and the administrative team has worked so hard for over the years," Templeton said Tuesday.

"We (the district) are starting to see signs of growth and I want to help make this a better school district," he said.

Prior to moving to Mexico, Templeton was the superintendent of Maries County R-2 from 2009 to 2012. He also served as high school principal at Maries County R-2 and Cole County R-1 and was a mathematics teacher at Blair Oaks R-2.

Templeton earned an Ed.D. Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University in 2009, an M.S.Ed. Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville in 2002, and a B.S. from Central Methodist College in Fayette in 1996.