CHS principal takes job in Montgomery County
Redmon cites health issues in family as reason for move
Cassville High School Principal Chris Redmon has tendered his resignation after four years at the post, citing health issues in his family as the reason for leaving.
Redmon, 49, has accepted the position of principal at Montgomery County High School, part of the Montgomery County R-2 School District.
"I have some family issues in St. Louis that I need to get closer to," he said. "I have been driving back and forth and I just can't do that any more."
Redmon has been taking the five-hour trips to take care of his 83-year-old aunt, who is living by herself after a death in the family and needs help getting to and from doctors appointments and around town. The move to Montgomery County would put Redmon only 55 miles away from his aunt.
"I am her primary caregiver and I am trying to do that from down here, and that's not working," he said. "My wife has been staying with her for weeks on end, and it has been a long and stressful time that's not getting any easier."
Richard Asbill, superintendent of Cassville Schools, said he and Redmon have been discussing the possible resignation since the beginning of the school year.
"Chris is a very good administrator, and we are disappointed he has to leave, because he has done such a good job," Asbill said. "It's a lot easier professionally to be understanding in this cue, because he is making this move for his family, and you have to respect that."
In his time at Cassville High School, Redmon has been involved in a number of changes to the school. One of those changes is the implementation of the Cum Laude system, which will be fully implemented for students graduating in 2017.
"Our system now recognizes the top 10, and the 11th student may have done a heck of a job, but does not get recognized," he said. "Kids have been fighting for those top 10 spots, and sometimes have taken unnecessary, weighted classes they may not need for their futures."
The Cum Laude System will recognize students based on grade point average (GPA), instead of based on class rank. Distinctions of Cum Laude will be awarded to students with a GPA of 3.5-3.99 on a 4.0 scale. Magna Cum Laude will be awarded to students with a GPA of 3.7-3.89, and Summa Cum Laude will be awarded to students with a GPA of 3.9 or above.
Redmon also said he has done all he can to improve technology at the high school.
"We now have wireless Internet everywhere, and we hope to implement the 1-to-1 initiative, and I'm disappointed I won't be around to actively take part in that," he said.
Redmon said although he feels he has accomplished many things in his four years at the school, there are still things on his list he wishes he could have done.
"I wish I could have gotten the standard-based grading finished, but I just did not have enough time because that's a slow process," he said. "I also feel a little unfinished with the math department, which has struggled at times with performance, but I've seen them start to come around, and I'm sad I won't be here to see the success of that group come to fruition. I know they will have a lot of success."
Asbill said the search is on to fill Redmon's position, as he posted the position this week and plans to make a hire by June, which will allow a transition process to take place before Redmon's last day, June 30.
Redmon said he had some advice for the next principal, and that is to make use of all the school's great resources.
"We have a great, caring staff, so [the next principal] should trust them to do the jobs they were hired for, because they have the kids in mind every single day," he said. "Be supportive, and get good people with good ideas of what it takes to have a successful high school. We also have a great secretarial staff that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle, and they deserve a lot of recognition."
Redmon's move to Montgomery County High School principal is a lateral move monetarily. His salary at Cassville High School is $85,500, and will be about the same amount in Montgomery County.
"I don't really pay attention to that," he said. "I'm getting close to retirement, so I don't want to go backward. So, I've been able to stay at the same salary and move closer to my aunt, and I am very thankful for that opportunity.
"I want to extend my thanks to the Cassville R-4 School District, its board of education, the administrative team and the staff for me being able to work with them and get to know them over the past four years. I had hoped to retire here, so it has been very difficult for me to leave a job I love so much."