Cassville High School hopes to hire new principal

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Swadley awaits Purdy School Board decision on resignation

Cassville High School has picked a new principal to take the reins in July, as Chris Redmon is leaving for a principal position at Montgomery County High School.

Jeff Swadley, 44, a Purdy native and Purdy Elementary School principal at since 2004, was chosen by Cassville after being approved by the school board on March 24. However, Swadley may not officially accept the position at Cassville until the Purdy School Board accepts or denies his resignation. Swadley is on contract at Purdy for the 2014-2015 school year, and if the board denies his resignation, he will be required to finish out his contract with the district. The school board's next meeting is scheduled for April 21.

"Purdy has and always will be my home," he said. "I have enjoyed the past 10 years and people in Purdy have been like family to me, but, I am excited about making the transition back to Cassville. The people there have treated me like family as well."

Swadley worked as middle school assistant principal and athletic director at Cassville from 2001-2004. He previously worked at the Southwest R-5 School District, beginning in 1994, as a seventh-grade civics and geology teacher, high school baseball and basketball coach, and middle school principal. He earned a bachelor's of science in education from Missouri Southern State University in 1994, a master's in education administration from Missouri State University in 2001, and a specialty in education degree from William Woods University in 2009.

"Mr. Swadley brings 20 years of educational experience to the position and a diverse educational background that will assist him in keeping our district priorities focused on continuous improvement," said Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent. "Jeff understands our commitment to rigor, relevance and relationships, and we know that he will work with our teachers and students at the high school to carry on that commitment and dedication to the excellence our parents, students and patrons expect."

Asbill said the district received about 30 applications for the position, and the list was narrowed down to four finalists that were interviewed by the teacher review committee, Asbill and the school board.

"We review the applications, check references, look at experience and credentials and then take the list of candidates to the teacher review committee," Asbill said. "We interviewed four people and took Jeff to the board, and we're excited about how things turned out."

Swadley would replace Redmon, who took a job as principal of Montgomery County High School to be closer to his 83-year-old aunt to help take care of her. The move is a lateral one salary-wise, as he was earning $85,500 at Cassville.

If he is able to accept it, Swadley will earn a salary of $82,500 in the new position with Cassville, which he would begin in July. He is earning $59,377.50 as Purdy Elementary School principal.

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