On Tuesday, June 25, the members of the Mansfield School Board voted to offer a contract to Joe Staton. In a meeting on Wednesday, June 26, Staton accepted that offer to serve as the district’s next superintendent.
Staton has five years experience serving as Superintendent at Western Yell County School district. Additionally, Staton served as a principal at that same district for a year before taking the superintendent’s position. He holds additional experience in the classroom as an agriculture educator for the Magazine School District.
A gradute of J.D. Leftwich High School, Staton attended both Harding University and Arkansas Tech University.
Staton and his wife, Carrie, currently reside in Magazine. The couple have three children.
The school board worked tirelessly, pouring over many qualified candidates for the position. Ultimately, however, Staton was the candidate who stood out. “We ‘the school board’ were very pleased with the quantity and quality of applicants for the superintendent opening,” said Mansfield School Board President Rick Nicodemus. “We narrowed our search down to five from 24 candidates. We chose Mr. Staton, who we believe will be a great leader for our district. We had some very good final candidates to choose from, and we felt Mr. Staton’s past experience as a superintendent will allow for a smooth transition into our district. He is very excited to get going.”
“I am excited to be a part of the Mansfield School District and look forward to getting started,” said Staton. “I also look forward to meeting the staff, students and kicking off the 19-20 school year.”