On March 9, the Cassville R-IV School Board hired J. Chris Redmon, of Monroe City, to serve as Cassville High School principal during the 2010-11 school year. Redmon has over 20 years of experience in education.
"I researched school districts and found that Cassville had a lot of good qualities," said Redmon. "The size of the district is a big factor for me, because I have a 14-year-old son who will be moving with me.
"I am confident that Cassville is the quality of school that I was looking for," said Redmon. "I was looking for a district that was already doing a lot of things very well, and Cassville certainly meets that requirement."
After earning a bachelor of science in physical education from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirkville, Redmon began his career serving as an elementary physical education teacher at Kingsway Academy in Nassau, Bahamas, from 1987 through 1989.
Later, Redmon returned to Missouri to teach kindergarten through 12th grade physical education, driver's education and health at North Daviess School District in the northwest portion of the state. He held that position for four years.
In 1993, Redmon joined the Monroe City School District, which he has served for the past 17 years. He held the position of elementary and middle school physical education teacher for around 10 years.
Redmon was promoted to the position of kindergarten through eighth grade assistant principal in 2003. That year, he also earned a master's degree in secondary administration from William Woods University.
In 2004, Redmon began serving as the Monroe City High School Principal, a position he has held for six years.
In addition to serving as a teacher and administrator, Redmon has experience coaching middle school boys track and basketball and varsity softball. He earned a specialist degree in administration from Williams Woods University in 2009.
"I hope to add to the things that are already working at Cassville High School," said Redmon. "To sustain the positive things that are already happening, you have to have a good sense of teamwork and cohesiveness with your staff.
"I will focus on getting to know the staff, building relationships and assessing where the school is at," said Redmon. "I believe that no matter how good you are, you can always be better, and I strive to do that."
Redmon plans to work with current staff members to maintain and continue to improve Cassville High School's rigorous academic curriculum.
"I'm excited about getting to know the community better," said Redmon. "Every community operates differently and has its own expectations. I believe those expectations need to be understood.
"Everyone I have met so far has been very friendly and inviting," said Redmon. "I have been very encouraged by the school board. This is a viable community with a lot of opportunities available."
Redmon plans to visit the Cassville School District several times over the next few months.
"I would like to have the opportunity to get to know as many staff members as I can before the end of the school year," said Redmon. "I will be in town as much as I can. I also look forward to meeting and getting to know folks in the community."
Redmon has three daughters who are currently attending college. His son will be a sophomore at Cassville High School next year.
In other business, the board:
* Heard reports on professional development, the food service program, the homeless program and spring sports.
* Employed Steve Berman as a custodian and Stacy Taliaferro as a substitute teacher.
* Accepted a $159,177 bus bid from Central States for two new school buses.
* Amended the 2009-10 school year calendar to include April 5 as a snow make-up day.
* Accepted a bid for photography services for the 2010-11 school year from Lifetouch Photography.