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The Carthage Press
  • Board fills principal positions, vacant posts at middle school, high school filled in closed session

  • Two veteran Carthage R-9 Administrators were tabbed Tuesday evening to take over vacant leadership posts in the district in the coming school year.
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  • Two veteran Carthage R-9 Administrators were tabbed Tuesday evening to take over vacant leadership posts in the district in the coming school year.
    The Carthage Board of Education appointed Carthage High School Assistant Principal Matt Huntley to take over for Kandy Frazier as principal at CHS starting on July 1.
    Frazier is leaving the post at the end of the year to become Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for the R-9 District, replacing the retiring Deborah Swarens.
    The board also appointed Pleasant Valley Elementary Principal Scott Ragsdale to take over for Robin Jones on July 1 as principal at the Carthage Middle School.
    Jones announced her resignation in early March.
    Huntley is currently an assistant principal at CHS, serving in this capacity since 2007.
    He was an ESL teacher for the District from 1999-2007 and a sixth grade teacher at Hawthorne and Steadley Elementary Schools from 1996-1999.
    Huntley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from MSSU, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from William Woods University and a Specialist’s Degree in Educational Administration from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.
    Ragsdale is currently the principal at Pleasant Valley Elementary School and our Bright Futures - Carthage Director. He has served in his current position since 2010.
    Ragsdale was the assistant principal at Carthage Middle School during the 2009-2010 school year and a third grade teacher at Steadley Elementary School from 2006-2009. Ragsdale holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from MSSU and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University.
     
    Board elections
    The Board also conducted annual elections to reorganize after the April 8 elections, but nothing changed from the previous year.
    Lee Elliff Pound was elected by acclimation to serve another year as Board President, Michael Goolsby will serve a second year as vice president, Justin Baucom will serve a second year as secretary and Tony Diggs will serve a second year as treasurer.
    The three board members who won reelection on April 8 were also sworn in. Tony Diggs, Elizabeth Streich and Jeff Jones took the oath of office for another three years on the board.
     
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    The Board appointed Ms. Catherine Eck as the new Instructional Technology Director for the district, effective for the 2014-15 school year.
    Eck is currently employed as a district technician and classroom instructor, teaching Introduction to Animation, Graphic Design and Web Design at Carthage Junior High School. She has held these positions since 2005.
    She also served as the computer lab manager at Pleasant Valley Elementary School from 2001-2005. Ms. Eck holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Science from MSSU and a Master’s Degree in Technology Education Administration from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
    The Board also employed the following new certified staff for the 2014-15 school year:
    Corinna Curry: First Grade, Columbian
    Harold Dees: Special Education, Middle School
    Hannah Haase: Kindergarten, Fairview
    Tara Thomas: Speech Pathologist, Early Childhood
    Gage Tiller: Special Education, Middle School
     
    About the teachers
    Corinna Curry First Grade, Columbian Elementary School. Curry received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri State University, Springfield, in 1988.
    She has 14 years of teaching experience, serving the past eight years in the Denton Independent School District, Corinth, Texas.
     
    Harold Dees Special Education, Carthage Middle School. Dees received his bachelor’s degree in Geology from Missouri State University, Springfield, in 1987; and a master’s degree in school counseling from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan., in 2010. He has 12 years of teaching experience and has served the past nine years as a Special Education CWC/School Psychologist at Southwest High School, Washburn.
     
    Hannah Haase Kindergarten, Fairview Elementary School. Haase received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, in December 2013. She completed her student teaching in the North Kansas City School District, Gladstone.
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    Tara Thomas Speech Pathologist, Early Childhood. Thomas received her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorder from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1993, and her master’s degree in speech pathology from Missouri State University, Springfield, in 1999. She has twelve years of experience as a speech implementer / speech pathologist, serving the past five years in the Webb City R-7 School District, Webb City.
     
    Gage Tiller Special Education, Carthage Middle School. Tiller received his bachelor’s degree in secondary business education from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, in 2013. He is currently teaching at Joplin High School, Joplin.
     
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