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R-1 Board hires SWACC director

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Monett R-1 School District has hired a new administrator to guide the Southwest Area Career Center (SWACC).

Brad Hanson, who has served as principal at Cassville High School for the past seven years, has accepted the position of SWACC director, which has been filled this school year by Tyler Laney on an interim basis. Laney, a retired school superintendent, accepted a one-year appointment to the position after long-time director Ted Dorton retired following the 2008-09 school year.

"We're very excited to get Brad on board," said Dr. John Jungmann, Monett R-1 superintendent. "Cassville is one of the biggest sending school supporters to the Career Center and Brad has a tremendous reputation for quality instructional leadership.

"Brad will be a great asset to the Career Center and our community," Jungmann added.

Hanson said he is excited about the new direction his educational career will be taking and he is looking forward to becoming an integral part of a program he has admired for years.

"We send around 10 percent of our students to the Career Center, and I have seen the great role the Center plays in this area for our kids," said Hanson. "The Career Center gives kids that need to find a niche in life the job skills they need for their future. It also keeps kids persisting toward graduation."

Outstanding facilities are another aspect of the Career Center that Hanson finds encouraging.

"The Monett School District and community should be commended for supporting the Center and making it available to all 14 schools that send students there," said Hanson.

Hanson joins the Career Center staff after spending the last 16 years in the Cassville R-4 School District. He served the last seven years as principal at Cassville High School, and before that, was assistant principal, athletic director, teacher and coach. Hanson also spent nine years working as a teacher and coach in the Pulaski County School District, which is located in the Little Rock, Ark., area.

Hanson holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education from the University of Central Arkansas and a specialists degree in administration from Missouri State University.

"I have a passion for kids, and I want to see students succeed," said Hanson. "My record at Cassville has shown that I believe in educating every single student and I want to carry on that philosophy at the Career Center."

When asked to describe himself as an educator, Hanson said he considers himself to be an instructional leader.

"I have a passion, for not only kids, but for assisting teachers in finding new ways to better reach kids in the classroom," said Hanson.

"Another quality I will bring to the job is my relationships with the principals and superintendents at the 14 sending schools," added Hanson. "I have good repoire with them. They know me, and I think they respect me."

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