The Chillicothe R-2 School District will have a new assistant superintendent at the start of the 2018-19 school year. The Board of Education announced the hiring of Dr. Zach McMains Thursday evening.

The Chillicothe R-2 School District will have a new assistant superintendent at the start of the 2018-19 school year. The Board of Education announced the hiring of Dr. Zach McMains Thursday evening. The board approved the hiring during an executive session Tuesday evening, and the district received his signed contract Thursday afternoon. McMains was selected from a pool of 13 individuals who had applied. The position is opening due to the retirement of James Ruse, who has served as the district’s assistant superintendent for the last eight years. The position has been a part-time position, but will become full-time and include the duties of curriculum director. The assistant superintendent will oversee areas of transportation, food service, building and grounds maintenance, Title programs, the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, student assessment, student achievement, and more. McMains, a 1995 graduate of Brookfield High School, holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology and a master’s degree in reading, both from Missouri State University; and an educational specialist degree and educational doctorate degree in educational leadership from St. Louis University. McMains is in his third year as principal at Moberly High School. He told the Constitution-Tribune on Friday that he and his wife, Erin, are familiar with the Chillicothe community and are excited about moving into the district. “This is a community we have wanted to be a part of for quite some time,” McMains told the C-T. “I am tickled pink that Dr. Barnes and the school board have offered this opportunity to me.” “I will work my tail off for the district and make sure students have the best opportunities,” he added. “It’s a dream come true, for sure.” Erin is a counselor at Liberty North High School. McMains’ past educational experiences include: industrial technology teacher; remedial reading teacher; and high school principal at North Nodaway and Clinton County R-3 (Plattsburg) school districts. The contract with the R-2 district is for one year and has a salary of $100,000. Ruse became the Chillicothe assistant superintendent after having served as superintendent of the Gallatin School District. He is completing his 45th year in education.