Maddex stepping down from Superintendent; cites family and health

by Benjamin C. Nelson

SHELBINA, MO -- Shelby County R-lV Superintendent, Tim Maddex, will be stepping away from the helm of the district to return to the classroom. “I am excited to be headed back into the classroom at Shelby County R-IV. While I am not sure what I will be teaching next year, I know my duties will include teaching and some administrative work.” Maddex expressed that it was his desire to teach that lead him into the education profession in the first place. Coupled with other factors, he feels that it's an appropriate time to return to his "roots." Superintendent Maddex cited more family time and health complications as factors that ultimately lead him to decide in stepping away from being superintendent. By doing this, it “will allow me to have more time with my family as my kids are getting older. I have also been having some health issues so I hope to focus on those as well,” stated Maddex. In total, Tim Maddex has been Superintendent for six years at South Shelby. Some of his highlighted moments as Superintendent is the new Agriculture Shop, one-to-one Google Chrome Books, and the brand new elementary facility that is currently under construction. Superintendent Maddex also guided the district through the Proposition 1 Redistricting Issue back in the summer of 2018. Superintendent Maddex hosted a public forum about the issue while also disseminating information from the State Department of Education to staff and the greater public. In the end, the district remained intact after voters overwhelmingly struck down the measure later that August. Without hesitation, Maddex stated that one of the greatest privileges of his career has been working with the “awesome staff members and teachers” at Shelby County R-lV. For right now, Maddex is unsure about what the future holds in regards to possibly returning to administrative work, “We will see what the future holds as far as administration, but for the time being, I am focusing on my health and family.”

His last day as Superintendent is June 30th, 2020.

School Board President, Aaron Gaines, stated that the school board will be deciding on an outside company at their January board meeting to help the district choose their next superintendent. “The Board of Education will be utilizing an outside company to assist in the search and recruitment process for a new Superintendent. The Board of Education will be selecting a company to provide these services at their January 8th meeting. Upon selection the intention is to start the recruitment process immediately as possible,” stated Gaines.