Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kerry Sachetta named Joplin R-8 assistant superintendent

Kerry Sachetta, Joplin High School principal since 2002, has been promoted to assistant superintendent.

The announcement was made in the following news release issued moments ago by the Joplin R-8 School District:

Joplin Schools announced today that Dr. Kerry Sachetta has been named the new assistant superintendent of operations for the district, and Brandon Webb has been named human resources director. Both positions begin July 1, 2016.

As the assistant superintendent of operations, Dr. Sachetta will oversee the operational departments of the district including facilities, food service, transportation, technology, and safety. He will also oversee athletics and other responsibilities as needed. Dr. Sachetta currently serves as principal for Joplin High School. He has held that position for 14 years. Dr. Sachetta has 23 years of experience in education and has served as a teacher, coach, principal and university instructor. Prior to becoming an educator, he served as a sales manager for a distribution company for 12 years.

“Dr. Sachetta’s experience as an educator and building leader and his early experience outside of education make him an ideal candidate for this operations leadership position,” said Dr. Ridder, Joplin Schools interim superintendent. “Dr. Sachetta has worked closely with the operations departments throughout his tenure at Joplin High School. As we continue our efforts to become more efficient and effective, I look forward to his focused work in these areas to support our classrooms and continuously improve our district.”

Dr. Sachetta received a bachelor’s degree in social science education from Pittsburg State University, Kansas. He also received his master’s and specialist degrees in educational leadership from PSU. He earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Saint Louis University. In 2009, the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals named Dr. Sachetta the Missouri State High School Principal of the Year. Currently he serves as president of the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, and he is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Southwest Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa, Learning Forward, and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. He also serves on the Missouri AdvancED State Council and serves as a lead evaluator for school accreditation.

Brandon Webb has been named human resources director for the district. Webb currently serves as an attorney for Webb Law Firm in Edmond, Oklahoma. In addition to his legal experience, he has an extensive background in education and human resources. Over the last 19 years, he has served as staff attorney for the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, associate general counsel for the Oklahoma Education Association and spent six years as president of Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Oklahoma.

“We are excited for Mr. Webb to join our district,” said Dr. Ridder. “Joplin Schools is one of the largest employers in the region with 1,200 employees. Recruiting, developing and retaining high quality staff is a key focus of our strategic plan. Mr. Webb’s experience directing an education institution and its staff and his legal background in education and employment law provide the depth of knowledge and experience needed to lead and continuously improve human resources for our school district.”

Webb received his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why in the holy hell name an assistant superintendent now??????

Would that not be something the new superintendent would like to do????

Anonymous said...

What are they thinking of hiring competent, qualified and respected people? Why would they make moves that effect leadership over the summer? Don't they know it would be more disruptive during the year? Especially allowing someone time to prepare for the start of school!

Nobody is all good or all bad. I think there is more behind these actions than they are letting on.

Anonymous said...

Nice man. Seems organized. Definitely dedicated to his job. Congrats and good luck.

@11:16--maybe they couldn't wait that long for some changes to be made? Contact a Board member and ask.

Intune said...

It makes perfectly good sense to hire someone from within to assist with the future superintendent. I think the board just made an awesome decision. Dr. Sachetta is a logical choice. He is committed to the district and more importantly the students.

Anonymous said...

I struggle with the timing. Most superintendents and principals are hired by April or so. This late causes more stress on the high school on down. When administration is hired, there is a domino effect, someone has to fill the principal, then someone fills that space on down.

It is late for teachers to change jobs...

Good luck, Dr. Sachetta! You have a crazy job to handle all of the mess left to you in the buildings and grounds.

Anonymous said...

I agree 100% with Intune (above). Dr. Sachetta has proven himself to be a leader!

Anonymous said...

2:41--some teachers aren't hired until August and some even after school starts.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Sachetta is filling the hole Tina Smith is leaving. That's why now.

Anonymous said...

Use Dozier. Worthless. But fills the gap until the new guy is picked.

Anonymous said...

Surely the board won't move Cravens to the high school.

Huff toadie.

Anonymous said...

6:02- You are right about the hiring of teachers that late, but it does not mean it is good practices. How is a principal team supposed to get started this late?

Anonymous said...

Excuse me, but JHS is NOT a dumping ground for R8's administrative trash. JHS needs capable and decent people, not inept and bungling tyrants. Cravens can stay at East and Doshier can fill out her time at the administration building. Don't inflict them on JHS like they will just get lost in the crowd. They will just make things worse, not better.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they're setting him up to be superintendent and they need to put him through his paces first to select him later. It would be too big of a leap to go from principal to superintendents so they gave him an interim leadership role to give him perceived experience.

Anonymous said...

1:41--They don't really have much in the way of teams. Those were wiped out with Besendorfer, Huff & Co.

Anonymous said...

Not impressed by the guy. Lot's of problems in the high school, and he was at the controls........ Hope he uses the opportunity to go to another town for work.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely no discipline or respect for authority at the high school.

I just don't understand these decisions.

Dusty Roads said...

He was a great High School Quaterback