The Monett R-1 Board of Education made several personnel decisions, including what to do about leadership at the Southwest Area Career Center, at its April meetings.
Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann announced the board had not found a long-term replacement for Ted Dorton as director of the Career Center. Consequently, the board chose to hire Tyler Laney, the retiring superintendent from the Crane School District, as a one-year interim. The search process will reopen in the fall as the board seeks someone who will stay in place like Dorton, who headed the program for 13 years.
"We're excited to get Tyler Laney as part of the team," Jungmann said. "He brings 30 years of great education experience in southwest Missouri to the table. He's been a great supporter of the Career Center as an administrator at Crane. He will continue to move us forward."
Several resignations were accepted at recent meetings. Retiring from their posts at the elementary school are teachers Alicia Rogers and Eileen Greer. Barbara McVey is retiring for a second time after coming back half time to work as a speech pathologist.
Among those hired were Kristy Sickles, who is relocating from Kansas to Joplin. She will be a special education instructor at Central Park Elementary. Chris Lee, who has been an assistant in the automotive technology class at the Career Center under retiring teacher Greg Allen, will take over as the main teacher. The course will not have an assistant for the coming year, Jungmann said.
Deborah Hamilton, a first-year teacher from the Nixa area, was hired as a fifth grade teacher at the Intermediate School.
Three were hired for posts at Monett Elementary. Breanna Zucca will be coming to Monett after teaching in the Chadwick School District. Mindy Hindrey, a graduate of Missouri Southern State University, is coming as a first-year teacher. Another first-year teacher will be Julie Dalton from Monett, who has been working as a non-certified staffer for the Purdy School District.
According to Assistant Superintendent Julie Germann, one teaching vacancy at Central Park Elementary remains open for the coming year. Last year at this time, the board had 32 positions to fill. This year the board has only had to hire about 12 certified staff.
"We feel pretty good about that number," Germann said.
The new teacher orientation in August has had around three-dozen participants for several years. The session will be a much more intimate gathering this year, Germann added.
Turnover this year has included one person at the Career Center, one at the high school, two at the intermediate school, two classroom teachers plus two special education teachers and two instructors for the English language learners at Central Elementary and four teaching positions at Monett Elementary.
Germann said with the phase-out of the Reading First program, the auxiliary staff at the elementary campuses has been reduced. Some of the staff have been reassigned to classroom positions, so that most will continue working for the district.