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Gasconade R-1 directors to hear update on superintendent search

Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Gasconade County R-1 School District Administration Building.

An update on the effort to find a new superintendant will be given tomorrow night to the Gasconade County R-1 School District Board of Directors.
Plans call for a new top administrator to be hired by mid-March.
The R-1 board will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Administration Building.
Meanwhile, students enjoyed a day off from classes Tuesday, thanks to a winter weather system that rolled through the region Monday night, causing icy road conditions.
Monday night activities, such as basketball games, had been postponed in anticipation of bad weather.
Temperatures were projected to warm up significantly by Thursday and Friday.
Brent Underwood, working through the Missouri School Boards Association, is contracting with R-1 in the search. He conducted the effort three years ago when Tracey Hankins was hired.
Citing a desire to spend more time with family, Hankins last month announced plans to retire at the end of this school year. She has been in public education — both as a classroom teacher and an administrator — for 30 years.
As part of the superintendent search, public comment is being gathered through a survey that’s available to district residents on the R-1 website. Among other things, the survey asks residents about the qualities they would like to see in a superintendent.
You may take part in the survey by visiting www.hermann.k12.mo.us.
Other matters to be taken up at the meeting include:
• A presentation of the proposed 2018-19 school year calendar.
• A proposal to replace the Metal Working class with Introduction to Computer Science, which would teach the foundation of computer science and basic programming, with an emphasis on helping students develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills.
• A status report on the district’s effort to comply with upcoming screening for dyslexia in the early grades. R-1 personnel have been training with the state education agency to prepare to put in place this fall a screening program for students in kindergarten through 3rd Grade to identify at-risk students as a possible indicator of dyslexia.
• A report that suggests as many as 1,500 people attending this year’s Special Olympics events, set for Friday, May 4. Fourteen area school districts have been invited to this year’s event.