CLINTON, Mo. — According to a release from the Clinton, Missouri, board of education, Pittsburg Superintendnt of Schools Destry Brown will be taking the reins of the Clinton school district.

“We are so pleased that Destry will be joining our school district as superintendent,” Clinton Board of Education President Parker Mills said in the release. “He brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience with him, which will be valuable to all aspects of our district. This new leadership represents a wonderful opportunity for our schools to keep moving forward and provide our students with even greater learning opportunities as we prepare them for their future,”

Brown is set to retire on June 30 — at the end of the school year — after nine years with USD 250.

Brown started his career in education in Mound City as an elementary school teacher, where he taught for 11 years. He continued his career in education as a principal, the assistant superintendent. After being the superintendent for Frontenac USD 249 he then became superintendent for USD 250.

Brown said in a story late last year that over the past few years he has been thinking about retiring.

Brown said he felt it was his time to move on, a point everyone gets to in their career, he added.

“I feel like it’s just time,” he said in November. “I feel like we have accomplished a lot and we have a lot going on here.

“I think it’s time for a new person to come in and help the district go further.”

Brown said in a telephone interview Saturday that he had only applied for two positions, one in Kansas and the Clinton job.

"I've been pretty selective," he said, adding there were a number of factors that lead to his applying.

"It's on the lake, it's kind of in the middle of our families, it's a community of a size I feel comfortable in," he said. "All those things together make it pretty appealing."

Brown was a finalist for Kansas Superintendent of the Year in 2013 and was recognized for Distinguished Service by the Kansas Superintendents’ Association in 2018.

He said when he announced his retirement from USD 250 that it was hard to choose just one memorable moment over his nearly decade-long tenure at the district.

“One of my most proudest moments was getting Crawford County Technical Education Center up and going,” Brown saidat the time. “Another one is passing our school bond issue last year.

“I’ve had so many great moments her in Pittsburg.”

Brown said he’s also proud of all of the programming and other opportunities for students in the district.

“I’ve been lucky just to be a part of that,” he said. “We have great people working here to make these things possible.”

Attempts to reach Brown for further comment were unsuccessful.