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After four years as superintendent, Jason Keilholz turned in his letter stating his decision to retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year.
The Marion County R-II Board of Education accepted the letter during their meeting last week, at which they also discussed a grant to do some capital improvement projects.
Keilholz has been superintendent of schools since 2020-2021 school year, having previously served as K-12 principal for that district from 2017-2020.
From 1999 to 2012, he taught social studies and coached football, baseball and track at Palmyra R-I.
He went to Marion County R-II in the fall of 2012 to teach social studies and coach baseball, then became the athletic director in 2016 before taking on the job as principal.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Marion County R-II,” said Keilholz. “Statistics show that it is one of the best school districts in the state of Missouri and that is a direct result of the people who work here.
“I have been truly blessed to work with such a great staff, board, and community throughout my time here,” he added. “I look forward to supporting Marion County R-II in the future as a community member.”
In other business during the meeting, the board discussed upcoming capital projects, the main ones being upgrading the glass entries and replacing five other exterior doors.
Keilholz noted the district is waiting to see if they received the $50,000 Missouri School Safety Grant for which they have applied, so they can proceed with those improvements.
This is the second time the district has applied for the grant, but they did not receive it the first year.
If the grant is approved, funds from the district will be used to help cover costs, Keilholz said, noting there would no need to run a bond issue.