New leadership at St. Mary’s Catholic

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Jason Kramer takes the helm at private school

St. Mary’s Catholic School is under new leadership.

Jason Kramer has stepped into the role of principal after having served three years as the K-12 principal at Golden City.

Kramer said he was looking forward to getting the year started.

“I enjoy seeing the range of students and knowing you have a hand in shaping the complete child,” he said. “In public school, you touch on the educational, intellectual, physical and emotional aspects of teaching students, but it lacks the spiritual. Students get that here.”

Kramer said the most challenging aspect of the position would be budgeting and dealing with financials and fundraising for the private school.

“We have a lot of support for our size,” he said. “We have a lot of good things going on.”

Kramer had already met most of the 50 or so students that will attend the school this year, along with their parents, during a recent open house.

“People were very happy to meet me and were very inviting, both into the school and the community,” he said.

Kramer also asked Police Chief and School Resource Officer Mike Abramovitz to complete a walk-through of facilities for a safety inspection.

“We’ve made some small changes on how drills will be conducted in the future,” he said. “This is all an effort to improve student safety.”

Kramer said he is more of a hands-on type of leader.

“I intend to be out of this office more than in it,” he said. “The best part of the job is the kids, hands down.”

Kramer earned his master’s in education from Lindenwood University, located near St. Charles. He lives in Monett with his wife, Vanessa, and their four-year-old son on their hobby farm.