Skip to content

Fredericktown names assistant superintendent

On Monday, Fredericktown School Board members approved the hiring of Shannon Henson as the assistant superintendent for the 2018-2019 school year. Henson is currently the Fredericktown High School principal.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with some of the other buildings because I see a lot of the great things that they are doing,” Henson said. “I am excited to work with those teachers and those administrators.”

“(Current assistant superintendent) Dr. (Mary Jo) Jensen and myself both have two years left,” Superintendent Brett Reutzel said. “The board and I believe it is important to get someone in the central office and get them trained and acclimate them to the position.

Reutzel said the board advertised both inside and outside of the district for the position and received 16 applicants. Six candidates were interviewed before Henson was hired for the position.

Reutzel added the board will begin looking for a new high school principal after the first of the year.

Also, in Monday’s closed session, the board accepted the resignation of kindergarten teacher Debbie Tiefenauer. Tiefenauer, who is retiring, will work through the end of this school year.

In regular business, the fifth pay application for the intermediate school project in the amount of $260,529.90 was approved by the board.

The 2016-2017 audit was approved by the board with no findings of concern.

Every six years the district shops around for insurance companies. Reutzel said the current agent had passed away but his brother, Steve Richie, was going to take care of the district.

After discussions with Richie, it was determined the district was paying more than it needed. Richie went back and got a quote which was $14,000 less than the current quote. Reutzel said, after negotiations, Richie managed to lower the district’s insurance by $19,000 per year and the district could stay with its current company, RAI Insurance.

Reutzel made a recommendation the district keep its insurance through RAI at the new terms. The board approved the new insurance policy.

Reutzel discussed the need for the district to have an insurance audit. He said the amount of insurance on the building needs to match what the building would cost to rebuild. 

“It would be in our advantage to do that,” Reutzel said. “They will assess the actual values.”

The board gave approval for the district to seek bids on the district-owned modular units currently at the intermediate school.

The idea of donating one of the units to the fire department was discussed, but it was decided more information about value and payoff amounts was needed before a decision could be made.

The board approved a $5 per day raise for the district’s substitute teachers. Reutzel said on average the district has about a dozen substitute teachers per day and it would like to keep the same ones if possible.

The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Jan. 16 at the school district offices. 

The Fredericktown School Board met Monday night for its final meeting of the year.

The Fredericktown School Board met Monday night for its final meeting of the year.

Fredericktown Superintendent Brett Reutzel gives his report during the school board meeting Monday evening.

Fredericktown Superintendent Brett Reutzel gives his report during the school board meeting Monday evening.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at vkemper@democratnewsonline.com.

Leave a Comment