Rock Bridge's Maus leaving for Kansas City, assistant principal Mast to take over

Friday, April 5, 2013 | 5:49 p.m. CDT; updated 9:00 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 6, 2013

COLUMBIA — Jennifer Mast will become the next principal of Rock Bridge High School at the end of the regular school year.

Principal Mark Maus will leave Rock Bridge to become the principal at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, next school year, according to a Columbia Public Schools news release on Friday.

Maus, previously an assistant principal at Oak Park, has served as Rock Bridge’s principal since 2010.

Mast, who is an alum of Rock Bridge and MU, has served as the school's assistant principal and athletics director since 2007. She began teaching math at the high school in 1998.

“The opportunity for Mark came as a surprise for him and a surprise for us, but it was an opportunity that he couldn’t pass up,” district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said. “It puts him closer to his family, he has family in the Kansas City area, and we’re sorry to see him go, but understand that it’s a good opportunity for him and we wish him the best of luck.”

Baumstark said Mast’s strong leadership and communication skills, combined with her familiarity with the school, will make her a strong principal.

“I think it’s definitely something special when you have someone who has such close and strong ties to Rock Bridge and has gone to school there,” Baumstark said. “It’s a really great thing, and something that definitely is unique and will help (the transition) go smoother.”

Baumstark saidduring the coming months, Maus will help Mast transition into the principal's role.

“It’s just a matter of making sure she has all of the knowledge that she needs to move forward with any projects or issues that may need to be addressed,” Baumstark said.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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