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  Welcome to the

  Carthage R-9 School District

Inspiring Excellence

Fresh Faces, Fresh Buildings, FRESH START!

The first day of the school year is always exciting, and Thursday was no exception.  Students and staff are enthusiastic and eager to begin another year filled with new experiences and challenges.


Maintenance and custodial crews worked diligently all summer making repairs and cleaning buildings, and teachers have already spent many days in their classrooms preparing for their students’ arrival. 


Preliminary numbers indicate enrollment has risen as projected again this year.  Many new faces – children and staff members – will be adjusting to a new educational environment.  

Two new administrators have joined the Carthage R-9 School District this year and several other administrators have assumed new roles.

Mr. Gary Danielson is the new principal at Pleasant Valley Elementary School and will also serve as the district’s Bright Futures Director.   Mr. Danielson has eleven years of experience as an elementary principal, serving two of those years in Niangua, Missouri, and nine years in the Springfield Public Schools.  He also served as a teacher for three years.  Mr. Danielson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska, a Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Northwest Missouri State University, and a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from Southwest Baptist University.  




Mr. Dustin Perkins begins his first year as Carthage High School Assistant Principal.  Mr. Perkins served the past three years in the Carl Junction School District and has eleven years of teaching and coaching experience, two of those years in Carthage.  Mr. Perkins received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from MSSU, and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education Administration from William Woods University. 
Mrs. Kandy Frazier, former CHS principal from 2007-14, is now serving as the District’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction.  Mrs. Frazier was assistant principal at CHS from 2004-07 and served as a counselor from 2000-04.  She also taught Special Education classes in the Bartlesville, Oklahoma, School District, the Webb City School District, and in the Carthage R-9 School District from 1993-2000.  Mrs. Frazier holds a Bachelor’s Degree from MSSU in Elementary Education/Special Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Missouri State University, and an Educational Specialist’s Degree from Southwest Baptist University. 

Mr. Matt Huntley begins his first year as principal of Carthage High School.  He was formerly an assistant principal at CHS (2007-14) and served the district as a sixth grade teacher at Hawthorne and Steadley Elementary Schools (1996-99) and ESL teacher (1999-2007).  Mr. Huntley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from MSSU, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from William Woods University, and a Specialist’s Degree in Educational Administration from Southwest Baptist University.  
Mr. Scott Ragsdale is the new Carthage Middle School Principal.  He served as principal at Pleasant Valley Elementary School from 2010-14, assistant principal at Carthage Middle School during the 2009-10 school year, and taught third grade at Steadley Elementary School from 2006-09.   Mr. Ragsdale holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from MSSU, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University.   

Ms. Catherine Eck has taken on the role as Instructional Technology Director.   Ms. Eck formerly served as a district technician and classroom instructor at Carthage Junior High School (2005-14).  She also served as the computer lab manager at Pleasant Valley Elementary School from 2001-05.  Ms. Eck holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Science from MSSU, and a Master’s Degree in Technology Education Administration from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. 

The task of educating our young people is a huge responsibility, but also a great privilege.  Our staff members are committed to utilizing their skills, sharing their knowledge and helping prepare every child in Carthage for a bright future ahead.   We are expecting great things to happen during the 2014-15 school year and we hope you are, too! 

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