New principal hired at Purdy High School

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Matthew Gower, the new principal at Purdy High School, met members of the Purdy Board of Education during their May meeting. Pictured, from left, are: board member Ronnie Veith, Gower, board member Ken Terry, instruction and curriculum coach Mindi Gates,board member Ed Mareth and Superintendent Steven Chancellor. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat

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A new administrator and several new teachers will join the faculty at the Purdy school district in August.

After 14 years of service, Bob Vice resigned as high school principal. Vice, who had served for three years previously as principal at Verona, resigned to take the job as special services director for the Southwest school district in Washburn.

"The past 14 years here at Purdy have been a blessing for my family and me," Vice said in a statement. "I thank the district and the community for allowing me the privilege of helping educate and care for their children."

The board hired Matthew Gower as Vice's replacement. A Springfield resident, Gower graduated from Glendale High School in 2002 and Missouri State University in 2006. He has taught since 2006 as a teacher at Kickapoo High School. this will be Gower's first

administrative position.

According to Superintendent Steven Chancellor, 24 applied for the position and four received interviews. Chancellor did not expect to initially give any extra duty assignments to Gower, who served as coach of the Academic Team and the Chess Team at Kickapoo.

School board members released Vice from his contract, as well as both of the district's vocational agriculture teachers, David Mareth and Jordan Ellis, and Joseph Bauer, who taught family and consumer science. Patty Halbmaier submitted her letter of retirement. She taught sixth grade math and science, beginning in 2005.

The board hired three for their first teaching jobs. Joining the faculty will be Amanda Neely and Payden Emmitt as the two new agriculture teachers, and Lucas Witt as an art teacher.

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