Schools superintendent stepping down soon; Family reasons cited for departure after two years

Personal reasons related to “business and health issues in my extended family” have led to Gregg McMann stepping down as the Springer schools superintendent. McMann, who has been Springer schools superintendent for two years, submitted his resignation May 23. His last day with Springer schools will be June 30.

Springer school board President Linda Baca said the board is “sad to see him leave but he does have his reasons.” She said McMann has brought a lot of new ideas to the district and “it seems morale is better” among staff members.

“Financially, we have stayed within our budget,” Baca added.

McMann said the school board has been “collaborative and forward-thinking and has provided great support to the changes we have undertaken.” Some of the changes included alterations to the vocational program, the return of FFA, increasing electives at the high school level, moving the seventh- and eighth-graders to the high school building, new elementary hands-on science programs and increased funding for technology.

“We have involved teachers in decision making and increased student opportunities in spite of steadily declining funding from the state,” McMann added.

“It has been my great honor to serve as superintendent for the Springer Board of Education,” he said. “I appreciate the support from the staff and the community.”

The Springer school board was scheduled to hold a special meeting Thursday this week to discuss the superintendent position. Baca said the board’s discussion will focus on whether the board starts a search for a new superintendent or seeks a person to serve as interim superintendent for the next school year that will begin in August.

She said “no decisions will be made” at the special meeting, but that more discussion will follow at the board’s regular meeting this coming Wednesday. Baca said she expects a decision will be made at that meeting as to “what direction we are headed.”



Julia Arostegi lives in California USA. She took Developmental Communication at the University of California and finished her studies in 2012. She is currently the managing director of California Magazine. She is also a blogger, content enthusiast and a photographer.