Gov. Jay Nixon has designated Jan. 22 through Jan. 28 as School Board Recognition Week. Area residents are encouraged to recognize the men and women who serve on local school boards.
"As citizens who serve children and represent their community, the school board members of Purdy R-2 School District are to be commended for their dedicated service," said Jerry Lingo, Purdy superintendent. "They are extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the job of governing the school system, and their actions very much affect the present and future lives of the children they serve.
"School board members come from all walks of life," said Lingo. "While they wear many hats in the workday world, school board members put on a collective hat when they get down to the business of leading their school districts. Board members must pull together as a team toward a common goal of helping students achieve."
Local board members who serve the public schools located in Barry County are listed below with their years of service.
Cassville R-4 School Board: John Sullivan, president, 24 years; Greg Allen, vice president, 17 years; David Haddock, eight years; Hal Smith, five years; Becky Henningson, four years; Carolyn Bowen, three years; and Jon Horner, one year.
Purdy R-2 School Board: Ronnie Veith, 10 years; Randy Henderson, nine years; Mike Bennett, seven years; Russ Neill, seven years; Tracy Tate, five years; Ken Terry, three years; and Ed Mareth, two years.
Exeter R-6 School Board: Sammy Hudson-Schmidt, 11 years; Natalie Moseley, five years; Eric O'Neill, four years; Kerry Mattingly, three years; Brad Porter, one year; Gary Stringer, one year; and Larry Meyer, one year.
Shell Knob School Board: Bob Stewart, 22 years; Lisa Fielder, seven years; Rusty Rickard, five years; Howard Trimble, five years; Roger Pinnell, four years; Jonathan Gray, two years; and Jackie Backes, one year.
Southwest R-5 School Board: Robert Shockley, 11 years; Robert Catron, 10 years; Danny Dalton, nine years; Albert Pendergraft, seven years; Bobby Stephens, five years; Jeremy Bernard, four years; and Pete Rose, four years.
Wheaton R-3 School Board: Doug Goostree, seven years; Larry Prewitt, seven years; Bobby Banks, six years; Kendall Haynes, six years; Dan Goostree, five years; Lewis Royer, five years; and Landon Brattin, four years.