David M. Haug

David M. Haug

Jefferson High School Principal David M. Haug has been promoted to deputy superintendent, effective at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.

Haug, 47, has been with the district for 11 years, nine of those as the high school principal.

The Jefferson R-7 Board voted 7-0 in a Jan. 8 closed meeting to promote Haug to deputy superintendent.

He is slated to take over when Superintendent Clint Johnston retires on July 1, 2023.

Haug said he views the year he will spend under Johnston’s tutelage as “a gift.”

“I am very much looking forward to it,” Haug said. “Professionally speaking, Clint and I complement each other very well. This will be an opportunity to learn about the superintendency not just from someone who’s done it a long time, but done it at a high level.”

Johnston, 53, is currently the longest-tenured superintendent in Jefferson County, having led Jefferson R-7 for 12 years.

In October, Johnston announced his retirement plans, saying that he wanted to give the board as much time as possible to begin the process of hiring a deputy superintendent and beginning the transition to a new administration.

Haug’s prior administrative experience includes stints at Potosi, South Iron and North St. Francois County high schools. He is a 1993 Dexter High School graduate and a Central Methodist University graduate. He holds an educational specialist degree from Missouri Baptist University and is pursuing a doctoral degree. He and his wife, Cherie Haug, a physical therapist, have three children.

The R-7 district soon will post the high school principal job opening.