Cassville superintendent resigns

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Asbill to take top job at Bolivar school district

The Cassville Board of Education will soon be looking for a new superintendent, as Richard Asbill has resigned.

Asbill submitted his letter on Monday, and the Board met in a special meeting the same night and accepted the resignation, effective at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

Asbill said he has accepted the superintendent position at the Bolivar school district. He will remain at Cassville through June 30.

“I see some similarities there between Barry and Polk counties,” he said. “Cassville ands Bolivar are both county seats, and they are both in the lake area. Bolivar has some things they believe I can assist with, and when I met with their Board of Education, we felt our goals would be mutually beneficial and I would be a good asset for them. It was a good opportunity to visit Bolivar and look at how our leadership goals align.”

Asbill said he and his family have been blessed in Cassville for many years.

“I’m proud to work with the great people in Cassville and serve the great communities, like Butterfield, Jenkins, Golden, Shell Knob and Cassville,” he said. “God has provided my family and me a new path, and I feel strongly that He’s got this. So, we will follow Him, and I look forward to my next partnership with the Bolivar community.

“Kari, Sawyer, and I believe that God is leading us in a new direction and opportunity; we trust in His plan,” he said. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve and work with each of you. I look forward to the good work and efforts that are still ahead of us.”

Asbill has been Cassville’s superintendent for the past 11 years. During that time, he has overseen two no-tax-increase bond projects, totaling $8 million. Projects, not all bond-funded, have included things like the two FEMA buildings at the middle and high schools, the 1:1 Initiative that gives each student a Chromebook, work on the middle school concerning flood mitigation, the new early childhood building and a renovation of the Vintage Wing currently being completed, among a hodgepodge of other facility improvements.

During his tenure, he also earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Southwest Baptist University, which is based in Bolivar.

“I am honored to have served Cassville,” he said. “I know the board is committed to a transitioning to new leadership that shares the same vision.”

A statement from the Cassville Board of Education said officials appreciate Asbill’s work.

“Richard and his family are pursuing a new direction and opportunity, and we appreciate his dedicated service to our school and communities,” a statement from the Board said. “The Board is reviewing leadership transition plans and will update all staff and our community as we take our next steps.”

Becky Henningson, Cassville Board of Education president, said the board hopes to find a replacement within the next 30 days.

“I’m sure we will post it, and as word has gone out, I sure we will have some interest,” she said. “The board was surprised and did not see this coming, but at the same time, we have to look at what is best for Richard and his family.

“We are saddened by the situation, because Richard has done an incredible job as superintendent.”

Henningson specifically cited the work on flood mitigation at the middle school, which Asbill pursued after a portion of the building in December 2015.

“He took that issue, worked it out and stayed after it,” she said. “Richard loves this community, and he always looked to do what was best for the staff, the students and the community.”

Henningson said there was some closed session discussion Monday among board members about plans for moving forward.

“Richard has told us he will be of help in any way he can, and I think that’s admirable.”

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