The Making of a Superintendent

What does it take to become the superintendent?

The Making of a Superintendent

Jordan Wilson

As the final vote has been reached for the superintendent of the LSR7 school district Dr. David Buck is overcome with a sense of relief as his name is announced. He immediately begins going through his plan for the upcoming school year. 

I’m beyond humbled and excited about the call to serve in LSR7. As far as changes, that isn’t my mindset. I need to listen and learn before I can lead,” newly elected superintendent David Buck said.

Buck does not intend to make large scale changes to the district when he first becomes the superintendent. He plans to observe where the district is at currently and then make changes accordingly.

My personal mission statement is to help each and every kid grow into an adult we all would be proud to call our neighbor,” Buck said.

Buck plans to instill strong character traits throughout the school district to ensure students become successful members of society.

I have been an administrator for the past 18 years, taught at Missouri Scholars Academy for 7 years, and facilitated the Missouri Leadership Academy for a decade,” Buck said.

Buck has been working in the school system for 18 years and plans to use the knowledge he has gained from this experience to better the district.

LSR7’s strengths are many. From across the state, it is clear that LSR7 excels in the classroom and outside of the classroom. It is also clear that innovation is important. I’m excited to build upon those strengths,” Buck said.

Buck plans to prioritize where the district’s strengths are and ensure that they are utilized. 

After 18 years of administration, I don’t tend to look at things as pressure or stress.  Energy means opportunity,” Buck said.

When Buck is presented with stress he tries to see it as an opportunity to accomplish an important task rather than letting the stress get to him.

“At Wright City, we are at around 22% minority rate, which means we have more diversity than about 90% of the districts in Missouri.  We have looked at how we can remove barriers to things that matter,” Buck said.

In his previous school district, they tried to make higher-level courses more available and accessible. They prioritized helping students be able to afford advanced placement classes.

I will miss the people. I’ve been at Wright City for 12 years. My oldest was only 3 years old and my other two children were yet to be born. We have worked hard to improve and serve. The campus is better than we found it, but it is the people I will miss the most,” Buck said.

The transition from his previous district to the LSR7 school district could be difficult due to all the personal connections he has made, but he remains optimistic for the future.