2 hired as teachers at Purdy schools

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Spencer to return for second year as athletic director

The Purdy school district has hired two new teachers for the coming school year and approved the extra duty list.

Justin Martin was hired as the new band teacher, succeeding Samantha Burt, who held the job for a year. This will be Martin’s fourth year as a teacher. Superintendent Stephen Chancellor said last year Martin taught in China, so he comes to the district with diverse experience. He has been living in Jefferson City.

Derek Mann was hired to teach third grade. A recent Missouri Southern State University graduate, this will be Mann’s first full-time teaching job. He will also serve as the assistant baseball coach.

In classified personnel, the board also hired Leo Van Duran as a bus driver and Andria Knight as a special education paraprofessional.

Board members approved the extra duty list for the coming year. The financial commitment for student activities sponsors was $24,050 for 19 people. The highest paid duties are sponsoring the major organizations: FCCLA (sponsor Amanda Rinehart) and FFA (sponsor Jordan Ellis), along with the speech and debate program (sponsor Sarah Garbee) and the recycling program (sponsor Clint Dillow), each receiving $2,000 for the year.

In contract labor, Alan Spencer, the retired Monett High School coach and athletic director, agreed to stay on for a second year as athletic director for the district.

“Going back to last year, we just wanted a guy to do [the AD job] for one year,” Chancellor said. “For him to be effective, we discovered we needed him for a second year.

“Alan has been changing all our procedures and putting systems in place for all the coaches. In the first year he’s been taking time to learn what we were doing. For the second year, he’s going to show us how we can become more efficient and more professional. That makes more sense than throwing someone else in to a job that’s half done. He’s been a real rock for the coaches to lean on.”

Spencer will be paid $18,900 for his services.

Other contract labor included continuing to have former high school principal Bob Vice continue managing data entries for the core data system and the Missouri Student Information System (MOSIS), compiled for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Vice served as high school principal for 14 years before leaving the district last year to take a special education position with the Southwest district. He continued to help with data last year, and will earn $10,000 in that role in the coming year.

“Bob has extensive knowledge of the reporting side,” Chancellor said. “Last year, we changed our student information program. He knew what reports DESE [the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education] needed to have. The first year was filling in holes, getting the essentials filed. We did a lot of data entries this summer. Having him staying on for the data side has been a good arrangement.”

Chancellor noted that the district’s reports had underestimated attendance by a specific group. Recognizing the numbers, Vice brought that number to the district’s attention, allowing a correction to the state report and for appropriate payment to follow.

“Bob is sharp at that stuff,” Chancellor said. “He’s good at it and fast at it. There’s a good relationship that’s still there.”

Lori Videmchek, the only coach who is not a faculty member, was contracted to handle field work and summer conditioning, as well as high school girls softball, for a total of $4,000. Julie Mareth was also contracted separately as the high school cheerleader sponsor for $1,100.

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