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Support Remains Strong for Carthage R-9 Early Childhood Center
At last night’s Board of Education meeting, Southwest Missouri Bank was awarded naming rights to the Parents As Teachers portion of the District’s new early childhood center. SMB donated $100,000 to the Carthage R-9 School Foundation for the right to name the PAT area the “SMB Learning Center for Parents As Teachers”. “We are grateful for this generous gift, but even more thankful for the support provided for students and families throughout southwest Missouri by Mr. Garry Denney, Ms. Jeannette Clem and the entire SMB staff,” said Dr. Blaine Henningsen, Superintendent.
SMB has been a longstanding partner with the Carthage School District. The bank was a major donor to the Carthage Tiger Fieldhouse project and earned the Friend of Education Award from the Southwest Center for Educational Excellence in 2005.
The Board also awarded naming rights to four more classrooms in the new early childhood center. Classroom naming rights are granted through $10,000 donations to the Foundation.
Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Room McCune Brooks Healthcare Foundation
Sensory Room Chuck and Nancy Hutchins
Classroom Lynda Homa and Steve Leibbrand
Classroom Ron and Susan Ross
Four benches have been purchased in honor of members of the Danny Lambeth family. Another bench will be placed by Debbie Evans and dedicated to Michael Evans, “Donut Man”.
Brick pavers have been purchased by Neel and Janice Baucom, Justin and Kelsey Baucom, John and Kamie Bourgault, Nicki Cloud, Scott and Jane Goade, Danny Hensley, Mary Jones, LeaAnn Keeling, Jeff Long, Rusty and Kim Snyder, Joe and Connie Swearengen, Richard and Dixie Vacca, Mike and Camie Watson, Mark and Nan Westhoff (2), and the Knights of Columbus (2).
“I continue to be amazed at the generosity of the people of Carthage and the overwhelming support for the school district,” said Dr. Blaine Henningsen, Superintendent. “There is a sense of pride in our community and many exciting things are happening. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our students.”
Board of Education Appoints New Principals, IT Director
At the regular meeting of the Carthage R-9 Board of Education on Monday, April 21, Mr. Matt Huntley was appointed as the new Carthage High School Principal, effective for the 2014-15 school year. Mr. Huntley is currently an assistant principal at CHS, serving in this capacity since 2007. He was an ESL teacher for the District from 1999-2007 and a sixth grade teacher at Hawthorne and Steadley Elementary Schools from 1996-1999. 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 in Bolivar.
The Board appointed Mr. Scott Ragsdale as the new Carthage Middle School Principal, effective for the 2014-15 school year. Mr. Ragsdale is currently the principal at Pleasant Valley Elementary School and our Bright Futures-Carthage Director. He has served in his current position since 2010. Mr. Ragsdale was the assistant principal at Carthage Middle School during the 2009-2010 school year and a third grade teacher at Steadley Elementary School from 2006-2009. Mr. Ragsdale holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from MSSU and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University.
The Board appointed Ms. Catherine Eck as the new Instructional Technology Director for the District, effective for the 2014-15 school year. Ms. Eck is currently employed as a district technician and classroom instructor, teaching Introduction to Animation, Graphic Design and Web Design at Carthage Junior High School. She has held these positions since 2005. She also served as the computer lab manager at Pleasant Valley Elementary School from 2001-2005. 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.
R-9 Bond Issue Passes!
Patrons voiced their support for the Carthage R-9 School District on April 8 by saying yes to the District’s $18 million bond proposal for facility expansion. The measure passed with 1,303 voters in favor and 642 opposed, well above the 57.1 percent majority required.
“We are so appreciative of the Carthage voters and our excellent administration, faculty and staff,” said Carthage Board of Education President Lee Elliff Pound. “All the people on the committee who helped get signs out, get the word out, make speaking presentations – it’s been a great community effort.”
“This has been a very exciting day,” said Superintendent Blaine Henningsen. “We have been watching the polls as the day has proceeded and we’re just thrilled that the voters have joined with us in this endeavor.”
Plans for constructing a new fourth and fifth grade center and renovating the current middle school will immediately be set in motion. The new school will be located at the corner of Fir and Chapel Roads near Steadley Elementary and will contain up to 18 classrooms per grade, computer labs, specialty rooms, cafeteria, and a media center to serve a proposed population of 850 – 900 students.
Tornado safe areas have been incorporated into the designs of both the intermediate center and the new junior high. Junior high renovations also include ten additional classrooms, a new media center, cafeteria and a second gym with weight and wrestling rooms.
Grade levels will be reconfigured with fourth and fifth grades moving from all the elementary schools into the new intermediate center, creating space for the increasing number of K-3 students who are enrolling each year. Sixth grade students will relocate from the middle school to the current junior high facility on South Main. Seventh and eighth grade students will transfer to an expanded junior high campus at Centennial and River Streets.
“The patrons are satisfied with the direction the District is going and they understand why we’re doing what we’re doing,” Henningsen said. “That’s very important to us. We want to be very transparent in what we’re doing with our finances and with our planning for the future. This is a big move and it’s going to be a great, great thing for our students, our teachers, and for our community as a whole. It’s just a great day.”
Carthage Technical Center Hosts Missouri State Highway Patrol Alliance Program
For the second consecutive year, the Carthage R-9 School District will host the Missouri State Highway Patrol Alliance Program. The event will take place at Carthage Technical Center-North Campus on Tuesday, April 8, through Thursday, April 10. Students from the Carthage Technical Center Criminal Justice program will learn more about different areas of law enforcement with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, including job duties and skill sets required. Training will be conducted by members of the interdiction team, bomb squad and S.W.A.T. teams, to name a few.
If you would like additional information, you may contact Jason Hill, Criminal Justice and POST Program Coordinator, CTC-North, 609 S. River, Carthage, Missouri, 417.359.7095 / 417.850.5111.
District Moves Forward with New ECSE / PAT Center
Construction of a new ECSE / PAT Center on East Fairview may begin as early as this spring. The ECSE portion of the facility will be funded through a federal grant; naming rights/giving levels have been established to generate funds for the PAT portion of the Center. Please read the complete article for more details.
Photos courtesy of The Carthage Press
May 7- Early Out
May 20- Graduation
May 26- No School
June 2- Last Day of Classes