Meeting Monday evening, the Central Board of Education voted to hire Dr. Ashley McMillian as district superintendent starting July 1, following Dr. Desi Mayberry's retirement from the position.
A graduate of Malden High School, McMillian went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Arkansas State University in 1995. In the 1996-1997 school year, McMillian began teaching Social Studies at the junior high and high school level while also coaching basketball and golf.
In 2000, McMillian earned his Master’s Degree from William Woods University. In the 2002-2003 school year, he became Malden junior high principal and assistant high school principal.
Earning a Specialist Degree in 2004, McMillian continued work at Malden until he was hired as the junior and senior high school principal of the Holcomb R3 School District in 2007-2008. After four years, McMillian briefly returned to Malden to serve as high school principal for a year before being hired as the Holcomb R3 School District’s superintendent in 2012-2013.
McMillian earned his Doctorate in 2016 from William Woods University.
In the past five years, McMillian has participated in several state-level capacities and has received various distinctions.
Since 2013, he has served on the SEMO Superintendent Association Executive Committee. From 2012 to 2013, he served on Missouri BETA Club State Council. Since 2015, he has served as co-chair of the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) State Membership Committee.
In 2016, he served on the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Ad Hoc Committee on Home School Participation. McMillian was also named MASA’s Southeast Region New Superintendent of the Year in 2015. During his doctoral commencement, McMillian was honored with the Most Outstanding Dissertation Award, a distinction he earned from among 29 doctoral dissertations.
McMillian has been married for 14 years, has an 11-year-old daughter, a 23-year-old stepdaughter and a 5-month-old granddaughter.
In other business at Monday’s meeting, Assistant Superintendent Troy Bollinger briefly presented a summary of the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, prepared by Curriculum Coordinator Lori England.
The summary highlighted the district’s strengths, specifically the Missouri Reading Initiative, Professional Learning Communities and the district’s one-to-one technology initiative. Additionally, Bollinger said the district’s involvement with its two school resource officers has gone as well as could be hoped.
A concern listed in the summary was middle and high school facilities, which Bollinger said was being addressed in advance in the way of long-term goals and plans for facilities.
“If you’ll remember, our 4th, 5th and 6th grades are the largest grade levels we have in the district,” Bollinger said. “We need to continue to plan for those as they continue to move up. The middle school, I think, is OK from that standpoint but the high school will probably need some considerations on our next bond issue when that occurs.”