The Fredericktown R-I School District announced last week it has hired Melanie Allen as its new elementary school principal.

Allen has been with the district for 10 years and started with the district as a preschool aide in 2003. She is currently an Instructional Coach at the Intermediate School and has been for six years. She was also the Director for the 21st Century Program, which was an after-school program in the district.

“I am definitely very excited about joining a team that is very goal-driven, unified, and truly focused on the highest achievement of our students,” said Allen.

Allen said she has always enjoyed leadership roles and opportunities.

“School leaders set goals for students. I am ready for the challenge,” said Allen. “I look forward to meeting with parents, students and staff. I will be shadowing Mr. Lunsford and learning the everyday routine of the building in the next few months.”

Superintendent Chadd Starkey said Allen has a lot of experience in leadership roles and is a hard worker.

“We are excited about her moving to the elementary building. She has done a lot of teacher training as an Instructional Coach and work with the curriculum,” said Starkey.

Starkey said, with Allen moving to the elementary building as principal, the district has opened her position up for candidates.

“This is what we call the spring shuffle. We have a lot of retirements and we are replacing their positions,” said Starkey.

Allen will take over as the elementary principal Aug. 1. Fredericktown Elementary Principal Ken Lunsford will replace Scott Sikes, who is retiring at the end of the year, as the new Middle School principal.  

Sikes announced his retirement as middle school principal in February and will retire July 1. He will remain as head of transportation for the Fredericktown School District.

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