Carthage R-9 Sixth Grade Center principal retiring, Board accepts 7 other resignation/retirements, hires 8 teachers


(From the Carthage R-9 School District)

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Carthage R-9 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, February 19, 2024, 6:00 pm, at Steadley Elementary. Present were Board members Jeff Jones, Niki Cloud, Ryan Collier, Nathan Terry, and Lora Phelps. Patrick Scott arrived after the meeting started. Bill Lasley was absent.

Steadley Elementary students, Quinley Adams, Zale Athan, Cadence Chilton, and Beau Whitehead led the Pledge of Allegiance. First grade students provided cheerful songs under the direction of vocal music teacher, Ms. Lydia Burnett.


The Board approved the Consent Agenda for the purpose of approving the meeting agenda, minutes of previous meeting, payment of bills, district financial report, and student ridership count for 2023 2024.

Ms. Melissa Daugherty, Carthage community member, shared with the Board of Education a letter her grandson, Blayne Daugherty received from Congressman Eric Burlison.

Ms. Beth Hunt, Curriculum Director, presented a MSIP 6 Standard Report on Curriculum. An overview of improvement target areas one and two were discussed along with priorities established by PLCs and leadership teams.

Mr. Bryan Shallenburger, Director of Special Services, presented a MSIP 6 Standard Report on Special Services. An overview of improvement target one, assessment data, and improvement target progress were discussed.

Mr. Jones provided a Carthage R-9 School Foundation update highlighting the Trivia Night fundraiser was a huge success and appreciated all those who supported and attended the event. It is also scholarship season and encouraged students to apply.

The board approved April 15, 2024, as the date for the annual reorganization of the Board of Education.

Dr. Boyer presented the acceptable usage policy to the board.

Dr. Huntley, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, presented the proposed 2024-2025 academic calendar to the board. Dr. Goodnight, Assistant Superintendent for Business, presented to the board the proposal to purchase two lease return buses from Central States Bus and the bid packet for two new 2025 buses.

Dr. Goodnight presented the usage agreement to use the Carl Lewton Stadium for the 2024 baseball season. Dr. Goodnight provided information regarding the contract for the Carthage High School baseball turf and grading. Dr. Goodnight stated A.T.G.-Ram Industries, LLC meets all bid requirements and specifications for the project.

Dr. Boyer updated the Board regarding the following:

  • Dr. Northup reported on academic and extracurricular activities happening at Steadley Elementary.
  • Tiger baseball stadium groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 11:00am, at 1100 E. Airport Dr., Carthage.
  • Carthage is hosting Soundfest Show Choir Festival this weekend. The junior high will be performing on Friday evening with Sound Intensity at 6:00pm and Sound Machine at 8:40pm. The high school will be performing on Saturday with Suite Sounds performing at 1:00pm and Soundwave performing at 4:00pm at Carthage High School.
  • The March Board of Education Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at the Carthage Intermediate Center.
  • Carthage hosted the high school and junior high school archery tournament with over 1300 entries. Thank you to those who assisted in making this a very organized and well ran event.
  • Congratulations to Skeeter Wagner, First Grade Teacher at Steadley Elementary for being selected as the Elementary Teacher of the Year through the District and local Carthage VFW Post 2590.
  • The Carthage VFW Post 2590 also selected their Patriot Pen essay winners – Luke Patrick and Allie Boyer.
  • The Carthage Technical Center held its 4th annual College & Career Fair with 90 + vendors engaging with over 800 juniors and seniors. Thank you to all who attended and contributed to this incredible event.

The Board met in closed session immediately following the regular meeting to discuss legal, personnel, and student matters in compliance with Section 610.021 (1), (3), and (6) of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.

In closed session the Board approved the following personnel actions:

Approved the employment of certified, support, and substitute staff as presented contingent upon receiving a clear criminal record check from the Missouri Highway Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and a clear check of the Adult Abuse/Neglect Registry maintained by the Missouri Department of Social Services for all employees new to the district:

Certified Hire

Allison Taylor, Art Teacher Carthage High School
Kaylee Wright, 3rd Grade Teacher New Hire Fairview Elementary
Kady Miller, SPED Teacher New Hire Carthage Junior High School
Brooke Ehlers, 3rd Grade Teacher Fairview Elementary New Hire
Grace O’Neal,1st Grade Teacher New Hire Fairview Elementary
Brian Brinkhoff, Environmental Science Teacher New Hire Carthage High School
Halle Miller, 1st Grade Teacher New Hire Columbian Elementary
Elizabeth Bennett, SPED Teacher New Hire Carthage High School

Support Hire

Kimberlee McBride, Bus Driver New Hire Transportation
Ida Still, Bus Driver New Hire Transportation
Courtney Lashmet, Sped Paraprofessional Early Childhood Modification New Hire
Madison Haslip, Sped Paraprofessional Carthage Intermediate Center New Hire
Jordan Agan, Bus Driver Transportation New Hire

Substitute Hire

Nicole Hurlbut, Substitute Driver Transportation New Hire
Katelyn Bowers, Substitute District Re-Hire
Sureree Legore, Substitute District New Hire
Mackenzie Scholtz, Substitute District New Hire
Kaitlyn Brooks, Substitute Cook District New Hire
Ariel Quenneville, Substitute District New Hire
Melissa Stremke Substitute Driver Transportation Modification
Laurie Williams, Substitute Nurse District New Hire
Angela Reynolds, Substitute Cook District Modification
Jacalyn Gacke, Substitute District New Hire
Brener Ocana, Substitute District Modification
Lakyn Shallenburger, Substitute District New Hire

Certified Transfer

Zach Canfield, Career Technology Teacher Carthage Junior High School Transfer
Lacy Reynolds, 5th Grade Teacher Carthage Intermediate Center Transfer
Taylor Snyder, 1st Grade Teacher Columbian Elementary Transfer

Camryn Holloman, Chemistry Teacher Carthage High School Transfer
Madison King, 2nd Grade Teacher Fairview Elementary Transfer
Denise Torres-Pitzer, 2nd Grade Dual-Language (English) Teacher Fairview Elementary Transfer
Alyx Hoberecht, EL Teacher Steadley Elementary Transfer
Graham Cox, EL Teacher Fairview Elementary Transfer
Nathan Kelly, Biology Teacher Carthage High School Transfer

Support Transfer

Marlon Meyers, Custodian Mark Twain Elementary Transfer

Certified Retirement

Kelly Jacobs, Principal Sixth Grade Center Retirement
Heather Gibson, Pre-K Teacher Pleasant Valley Elementary Retirement

Certified Resignation 

Justin Smith, Math Teacher Carthage Junior High School Resignation
Tiffanie Moore-Crouch, SPED Teacher Carthage High School Resignation
Lauren Bailey, EL Teacher Columbian Elementary Resignation
Tabitha Wilson,  2nd Grade Teacher Columbian Elementary Resignation
Diane Ray, Chemistry Teacher Carthage High School Resignation
Jennifer McDermott, SPED Teacher Carthage High School Resignation

Support Resignation/Termination 

Rebecca Taylor, Sped Paraprofessional Carthage High School Resignation
Sherry Willis, Cook Mark Twain Elementary Resignation
Darryl Berg, Bus Driver (Full Time) Transportation Resignation
Cyndi Cox, Bus Driver Transportation Termination
Stefani Lambeth, Sped Paraprofessional Columbian Elementary Resignation
Greg Spink, Bright Futures Bright Futures Resignation

Substitute Resignation 

Kristin Carter, Substitute District Resignation
Stacy Morgan, Substitute District Resignation
Elizabeth Riley, Substitute Nurse District Resignation

Originally appeared on The Turner Report

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