At its March meeting, the Monett R-1 Board of Education approved the bulk of resignations that will close out the 2008-09 school year and began filling vacancies.
Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann said resignations came in for a variety of reasons. Some were retiring, some were moving and some planned to stay home. As expected, the total number of people leaving positions was far less than the 30 vacancies the board has had to fill annually in recent years.
Ted Dorton, the director at the Southwest Area Career Center, was the only additional administrator to leave. He follows Special Services Director Pam Dorton and Central Park Elementary Principal Robin Jones, both of whose positions have been filled.
Other teachers whose resignations were accepted included: Eric English, physical education at the high school; Jacque Severs and Shelly Hill, both teachers at Central Park Elementary; Nicole Hunter, an English as a second language teacher at Monett Elementary; Monett Elementary teachers Randi Lindquist and Jennifer Smith; Southwest Area Career Center teachers Greg Allen and John Patterson; Martha Strong, an English as a second language teacher at Central Park and at the intermediate school; and John Palmer, a teacher at Monett Intermediate.
All probationary teachers who had not resigned were rehired for another year, Jungmann said.
Two new teachers were hired. Lauralei Powell will be coming from the East Newton District to fill a teaching vacancy at the intermediate school. Raquel Maldonado was hired to a special education post at Central Park. She has been working at the Pierce City District.
Last week the State Board of Education met in Jefferson City. Acting on the request of the Monett School Board and a recommendation by Bert Schulte, interim commissioner of education, the state panel voted to rescind the teaching license of Brett Marti.
Marti had been released in the middle of the 2007-08 basketball season, On the recommendation of then superintendent Dr. Charles Cudney, the board chose to pursue license revocation.