Dr. Judene Blackburn, superintendent of the Waynesville R-VI School District, will retire in June and the search for her replacement will begin immediately.  The Waynesville R-VI Board of Education accepted Blackburn’s resignation during Monday night’s closed session.
“Judene’s positive impact on education will pay dividends for generations of our students and their families,” says Dr. LeRoy Fulmer, president of the board. “This community has been extremely fortunate to have this dynamic, intelligent and forward-thinking leader at the helm for thesepast eight years. It will be a challenge to find someone to fill her shoes, so we are going to begin the process right away.”  
During the past decade, the district has spent more than $100 million on building and major remodeling projects to accommodate the district’s growth. During Blackburn’s tenure the school district reached its highest enrollment ever last fall– with 6,084 students, while continuing to maintain accreditation with distinction status. 
“We are an award-winning district and through strategic planning and building, we have been able to keep pace with student growth,” Fulmer says. “That’s not only a testament to her ability to lead, but also her ability to work well with a variety of board members and staff.”   Blackburn has served as the district’s superintendent for the past eight years and was the district’s assistant superintendent of business operations for three years prior to assuming the superintendent‘s role.
 “The district’s outstanding academic reputation attracted me to this district a dozen years ago, and I remain impressed and inspired by our students, teachers and staff,” Blackburn says. “Our students have continued to excel and score above state and national averages. Together, we have accomplished great things.”
 Blackburn earned a doctorate in education administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2003. She earned a specialist in education administration, UMC; master’s in education administration, Lincoln University; and bachelor of science in education, Missouri State University.  
A native of Eminence, Mo., Blackburn is president of the Military Impacted Schools Association and through an appointment by Gov. Jay Nixon serves as the State Commissioner for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children. She also is actively involved in the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools. 
“I believe today’s youth are tomorrow’s future,” Blackburn says. “I am a strong advocate for the Waynesville R-VI vision to excel as a student-centered community of learners who embrace diversity and innovation. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had and look forward to workingwith my successor to make a seamless transition for our community.”
She and her husband Matt have two sons and threegrandchildren, who attend Waynesville schools.  
The job posting for the superintendent’s position is available on the district’s main webpage.  For the application and procedures, go to http://www.waynesville.k12.mo.us/Page/2606.  Applicants should forward all application materials to:   Waynesville R-VI Superintendent Search
 200 Fleetwood Drive
Waynesville,MO  65583
Additional questions may be addressed by calling 573-842-2097 or emailing jblackburn@waynesville.k12.mo.us.