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School board hires new principal, cross country coach

The Fredericktown R-I School Board hired a new Intermediate School Principal and a High School Cross Country Coach at the school board meeting on May 15.

Nickey Reutzel, who is currently the Fredericktown Elementary School counselor, has been hired as the Fredericktown Intermediate School Principal for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Reutzel started teaching in the Fredericktown R-I School District in 2007 as the middle school science teacher. She left for one year to teach at Central R-3 before returning and has been with the district ever since.

“I love working in this district and am honored to become the intermediate school principal,” Reutzel said. “I am very excited to work with such an amazing staff that creates a supportive environment for kids. My goals are to maintain the already established high expectations and academic excellence. I hope to create a positive school culture and caring community, as well as a safe place for students.”

“We are very please to have Nickey Reutzel as the new intermediate principal,” Assistant R-I Superintendent Mary Jo Jensen said. “She has an excellent rapport with students, staff and parents. Her counseling experience will be an asset to her in that role.”

According to Jensen, the position became available with the retirement of Mary Moyers.  

The R-I Board also made the decision to hire Colton Wooldridge as the high school cross country coach. Wooldridge is currently a teacher at FHS and a track coach at Kelly A. Burlison Middle School. He recently competed in the 2018 Boston Marathon.

“My understanding is that he was an exceptional athlete in this sport in high school and at the collegiate level,” R-I Superintendent Brett Reutzel said. “More importantly, I think he is a quality individual, has been and will continue to be a positive influence on our students.”

Superintendent Reutzel said many students already participate in an after school program which Wooldridge started, and he is very excited for the students to be able to add this program.

“I am very humbled and excited to be selected as the coach for the first cross country program at Fredericktown High School,” Wooldridge said. “I look forward to the opportunities this will present to our student athletes. With the addition of cross country at Mineral Area College our students have an opportunity to gain an education and a healthy lifestyle by participating in this sport. I look forward to working with the other coaches in the MAAA Conference. A lot of these coaches I’m familiar with from when I ran cross country in high school and have looked up to them for a long time.” 

In open session, the board heard one bid for the modular classroom units. The board accepted the bid of $15,000 for all six units as long as no cost was incurred for movement or clean up. 

The board also asked that they be out of the area before the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Next, a resolution was approved to purchase three buses through a lease/purchase agreement with First State Bank.

Superintendent Reutzel said, in the end, the costs will go slightly down from the previous payment amounts.

The board then increased the amount of in-school hours required to participate in after-school activities. The policy used to require nontraditional students to attend school for two hours and it was increased to three.

Pay application No. 10 for the intermediate school addition was approved for the amount of $6,836. Superintendent Reutzel said he believes there should only be one pay application left once they finish the asphalt.

In his superintendent’s report, Reutzel gave an update on current projects. He said the asphalt behind the intermediate school would be laid immediately after school ends and the HVAC systems will begin being installed at the same time. 

“I don’t believe there will be an issue there, but we may come back and ask for adjustments to the curb on the intermediate school road,” Superintendent Reutzel said. “In order to have parent pick up come and go the same way they would need a wider road. With an added shoulder this would add the needed area.”

Superintendent Reutzel said this would be something for the board to think about and discuss at the June meeting.

He also said the Fredericktown Foundation will be opening bids for the soccer field improvements at its next meeting and that the foundation has the funds to pay for it.

Superintendent Reutzel said summer was a time for minor fixes around the district including plumbing fixes in the elementary, ag building and greenhouse, some of the storage unites are leaking and need roof repairs and the fence by the football field is planned to receive a fresh coat of paint.

Looking forward to the future Superintendent Reutzel said he would like to look into possible ways to fund a new elementary school building adding that with the repairs needed and the expenses to connect the buildings he feels it is the next direction to work towards. 

Calendar dates include Kindergarten Graduation at 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., May 23 in the elementary school gym, Fredericktown Foundation Board meeting at 6 p.m., May 24, last day of school is May 24, Teacher Work Day and Retirement Luncheon is May 25 and Summer School begins May 30.

The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m., June 19, at the school district offices. 

Mrs. Nickey Reutzel, who is currently the Fredericktown Elementary School counselor, has been hired as the Fredericktown Intermediate School Principal for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Mrs. Nickey Reutzel, who is currently the Fredericktown Elementary School counselor, has been hired as the Fredericktown Intermediate School Principal for the 2018-2019 school year. 

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

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