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Jeff Simmons has been hired as the new superintendent of the Meade County School District.
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Jeff Simmons has been hired as the new superintendent of the Meade County School District.
Former Sturgis principal to lead school district
News Staff - March 29, 2018

STURGIS, SD -  In a special meeting held this week, the Meade School Board unanimously approved hiring Jeff Simmons as the district’s new superintendent.  

Simmons is no stranger to the Sturgis community.  He spent much of his academic career here both as a teacher and as an administrator. But in 2015, when an opportunity to advance professionally came his way as president and superintendent of the Roncalli Catholic school system in Aberdeen, SD, he couldn’t turn it down.

Fast forward a few years. The vacancy left by former Meade School District superintendent Don Kirkegaard who was tapped to lead the South Dakota Department of Education, presented another opportunity.  Fate once again stepped in - this time with a two’fer;  advancing his career and returning him to the community where he and his wife raised their family.

Simmons returns to a district that is experiencing unprecedented growth. He will  oversee the opening the new Stagebarn Middle School in the Piedmont/Summerset communities. In addition, he is tasked with managing growth throughout the district, including the opening of a new rural learning center.

Simmons began his teaching career in Texas.  He also has served as a high school principal at Timber Lake and Eureka, SD. Throughout his career, he has  been an athletic director, science department chair, and coach.

He earned his superintendent endorsement from the University of Sioux Falls in 2005 and has a master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Black Hills State University. As an executive board member of the South Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals, he has earned two regional principal of the year awards.

He begins work on July 1, 2018 at a salary of $128,000.



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