Tom Bull will take over the duties from Rolla Fraley starting July 1. Fraley will leave the position to become superintendent in another school district.
Bull was hired by the school board May 4 with a one-year contract.
Bull is no stranger to Couch School. He graduated from Couch High School in 1970. He attended college at Williams Baptist in Walnut Ridge where he received his bachelors degree in education. Bull received his master's degree from Southeast Missouri State University and his specialist's degree from Williams Wood College.
His teaching career began in 1974 as a science teacher and girls' basketball coach at Couch School. "This was the first girls' basketball program at the school," Bull said. He coached at Couch two years. The first year the team had a record of 13-2 and the second year 15-6. The second year the team went to the state play-offs.
The fall of 1976 found Bull as assistant junior high basketball and football coach at Thayer. "Our football team that year went undefeated. Kevin Hedden, who is now principal at Thayer High School, played for me and he was a very good player," Bull said.
The next two years Bull was head basketball coach at the school with a record of 18-8 and 13-11. He also taught science while coaching at Thayer.
He and his wife Joan have two daughters, Tonya Wood, who is now a school counselor in the Carl Junction School District, and Angel Allen, who is a private counselor living in the Couch School District.
In the fall of 1985 Bull was hired as girls' basketball coach at Mammoth Spring High School. He coached at Mammoth Spring until 2001.
"My last year of coaching at Mammoth Spring we had our most wins with a record of 33-5. We were ranked 8th in the state," Bull said.
In the fall of 2001 Bull was hired as a science teacher back where he began at Couch School. In the fall of 2002 he took over the position of high school principal at Couch.
Bull said he is looking forward to improving the education of the students in the school district. He said one area he will be working on is improving the test scores of students.
"The district currently offers 15 hours of college credits. I would like to see some more hours added to that. I would also like to see all teachers in the school district receive their certification," he said. Bull said there are only two or three teachers in the district who are still working toward certification.
"I look forward to serving the students and community in the Couch School District. We have great students and an excellent faculty," he said.