Dr. Jim Chandler

Dr. Jim Chandler will be the new superintendent of the Warren County R-III School District.

School board members approved Chandler’s hiring during an executive session Sunday afternoon, March 3. His initial contract is for a period of three years.

Chandler, who currently is superintendent of the Winfield R-IV School District in Lincoln County, will replace Dr. Tom Muzzey. He will officially assume his new duties July 1.

He will earn $170,000 the first year, with increases of $5,000 per year through the 2015-16 school year, according to his contract.

Chandler was chosen from a field which initially featured eight applicants, according to Scott Costello, school board vice president, who helped direct the search for Muzzey’s successor.

Muzzey recently was hired as superintendent of the Orchard Farm School District in St. Charles County.Chandler is a 1986 graduate of Warrenton High School. His family lived in Warrenton from 1983-91, he said.

“As a 1986 graduate of Warrenton High School, this community has always been special to me,” Chandler remarked. “I’m very excited and my family is excited. This is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Chandler and his wife have four children, ranging in age from 7 to 21.

“I’m looking forward to being back in town and building upon what is there and trying to take the Warren County R-III School District to new heights,” Chandler commented. “The opportunity to come back to a progressive school district as the superintendent is a dream come true. We will continue to work hard and build upon the things in place to give students the best educational experience we can.”

“I would like to welcome Dr. Chandler to our administrative team,” said Teresa Scott, school board president. “Over the last two years, the school district has made a dedicated effort to strengthen the educational programs in our district.”

“We’re very, very satisfied that we made a good choice,” Costello stated. “Dr. Chandler will be able to take over from the point Dr. Muzzey has brought us to and move district forward.”

The complete story will be found in the March 7 edition of The Record.