Wednesday, April 06, 2016
R-8 Board hires Ridder for second year, does not renew four certified contracts
The Joplin R-8 Board of Education voted unanimously during a closed session March 29 to bring Ridder back for a second year, which will include the implementation of the strategic plan and the hiring of a new superintendent.
Ridder was hired following the "retirement" of Superintendent C. J. Huff. He had just finished a successful one-year stint as interim superintendent at the Mehlville district near St. Louis. Ridder, along with Huff, was among the five finalists for the Missouri Commissioner of Education job that eventually went to Margaret Vandeven. Ridder was superintendent of the Springfield School District for nine years.
The Joplin board brought in Ridder for one year, but with the understanding that he might be here a second year to help provide a bridge to the next superintendent.
In other action, the board voted not to renew the contracts of four certified personnel- Judith Clarkson, Amanda Mehrens, Joshua Thompson, and Karlee Talent.