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The Carthage Press
  • School board announces personnel decisions

  • Several teachers resigned and several were hired in the annual personnel moves that happen at the end of a school term.
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  • Several teachers resigned and several were hired in the annual personnel moves that happen at the end of a school term.
    After a special closed meeting to discuss personnel issues on Monday, the Carthage R-9 Board of Education announced the following resignations effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
    • Shelby Johnson, second grade, Mark Twain.
    • Jim Moore, math, High School.
    • Casey Morrison, third grade, Steadley.
    • Kristy Sickles, special education, Junior High.
    • Kayleigh Tandy, first grade, Columbian.
    The board also announced the following new hires:
    • Kirk Bromley, social studies, High School.
    • Paige Burk, third grade, Columbian.
    • Bethany Chitwood, second grade, Fairview.
    • Donise Doran, first grade, Fairview.
    • Juda Goodwin, fourth grade, Mark Twain.
    • Lacy Reynolds, fourth grade, Pleasant Valley.
    • Megan Wilkes, First Grade, Fairview.
    The board's next regular meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Carthage Technical Center South.
    Certifications
    In other business, several Carthage school administrators recently received new certifications from the National Institute for School Leadership.
    Superintendent Blaine Henningsen, Assistant Superintendents Mark Baker and Deborah Swarens, Fairview Elementary Principal Ronna Patterson and Fairview Literacy Coach Lori Harter were among the first group of administrators certified through the Institute's Executive Development Program, MoLEAD.
    The Carthage administrators were among the first 250 leaders in the state to receive the certification out of the state's 524 school districts and more than 4,000 building principals.
    "Economic, political and social factors are driving school change," the Institute said in a written release. "Globalization and the shift in our economic base from industry to information are two economic forces that are driving change and expectations for education. To succeed in the workplace, graduates must have a higher level of skill and knowledge than in prior generations. Missourians want all students to be college/career-ready upon HS graduation. Missouri school leaders must lead the deep sustainable reform needed to achieve high standards of academic, social and ethical development for all students."
    Dr. Pam Hedgepath, the Institute's state director in Missouri and the former Superintendent in Republic, called the Executive Development Program a "rigorous course of study combining the best thinking from business, military and education to improve building level leadership in schools."

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