Friday, August 12, 2016

Joplin R-8 Board hires high school assistant principal, three teachers

During a closed session Tuesday night, the Joplin R-8 Board of Education hired a new assistant high school principal and three teachers.

Kirk Harryman, who has been JHS baseball coach, has been promoted to assistant principal, replacing Matt Harding. Harding was recently promoted to North Middle School principal, taking the place of new Joplin High School principal Brandon Eggleston.

The administrative merry-go-round began with the promotion of former High School Principal Kerry Sachetta to assistant superintendent.

Teachers hired were Sallye Mallory, Amy Paige, and Terrence Scott.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any word if Harryman will remain as baseball coach?

Anonymous said...

Can't be a principal and a coach.

Anonymous said...

Sachetta was promoted from principal to assistant principal?

Anonymous said...

He will not coach baseball.

Concerned citizen said...

Whatkind of educational leader is the coach?

Randy said...

THanks, Anonymous 7:03 for catching that error. I have corrected it.

Anonymous said...

Most of your best principals were coaches. The principals at the high school during the 90's were ex-coaches and they were excellent.

Can't vouch for Harryman. Don't know him.

Anonymous said...

@8:02

Instructional leadership? Not required at JHS. You must be male, a coach, a team player that agrees to anything without argument, and able to repeat two words: transitions and fusion. I was never so glad to get away from a place in my whole life. The only people who are supposed to worry about instruction are the teachers who have tested classes. You're on your own in those classes, the kids can come to class whenever they choose to, you won't have any books, but your butt is the one that'll get held to the fire come test time.

Not a teacher friendly school at all--and won't be as long as they keep putting the same kind of people in charge of it. I wish the best to my friends who are still stuck in there. Nothing is going to change for you this year, for sure.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the glass ceiling has been repaired since Cantwell left. Not that she was any good, sort of a vindictive nut job, but can you really tell us that there is nowhere in secondary schools in Joplin where a woman can't be an administrator? The good old boys have this district sewn up for sure. No one female and no one of any minority. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

You can be a principal and a coach but you can't be both at the same event, was my understanding. That means when he's coaching softball another administrator has to be on site. Good thing they wasted our tax dollars on two full-time ADs. They might have to earn their keep this fall.

Anonymous said...

They were all excited at the Board meeting the other night that they didn't lose as many teachers as they did last year. They still lost a lot of them, particularly from a few schools. I see they didn't spell that out. JHS is hemorrhaging teachers. I don't know the teachers on my son's schedule. I know two of the names have been there for two years. Woohoo! Seniority. This is pitiful. I'm once again entrusting my children to strangers. I can only pray they are good people and good teachers, but I'm not holding my breath. The new administrators don't fill me with hope, but I am really praying they prove me wrong for the sake of my kids.

Anonymous said...

Sachetta/Eggleston. Harding/Harryman. Same song, second verse.

Anonymous said...

10:19

From a student perspective I will say Transitions sucked big time. If they had kept Eagle Time I could at least have gone home early. Nope. They have Transitions. The kids who needed to do homework played games or watched videos. The teacher I had tried to make them work. Right. That's hysterical. They will graduate without having to work and they know it. The activities were stupid. If we all wanted to be friends we would be. You can't make us be friends. My teacher was nice but I would rather just have class or get to go somewhere quiet where I could do homework. Like my house. We tried to tell Dr. Ridder it was bad. Since you still have it I guess he didn't listen to us. I'm so glad to go to college where I won't have to do that stuff anymore. I mostly liked high school. I didn't like Transitions at all. Waste. Of. Time.

Anonymous said...

11:23-
Agree. This year it's even longer. Plan to get out at semester. Just can't do all year.

Anonymous said...

Why do they even interview for positions? They had teachers, staff and other principals all say this guy was the top choice. Shouldn't they just find a female or minority instead? I am so tired of people getting selected based on interviews, effort and experience. Shouldn't they be excluded because they only teach PE. PE teachers don't even have college degrees either, they are all worthless.

Anonymous said...

Those who can't....teach.
Those who can't teach....teach gym.

Anonymous said...

3:36

I disagree. PE teachers most certainly do have degrees and PE is a very vital class. Some PE teachers are very good, some not, just like every other area. Some make excellent administrators with their managerial and organizational skills. However, the issue in Joplin's secondary schools is that no one else seems to stand a chance. The interview processes for the administrator positions were so phony. They brought in all kinds of people to do the interviews, but everyone knew the outcome ahead of time. The interviews were a total waste of time for community members and staff. A dog and pony show so Ridder could claim to have gone through the process. And they wonder why no one is showing up for the forums for superintendent? Why bother. The outcome will be whoever they have chosen ahead of time.

I really can't see much difference in working for the district now and working for the district a few years ago. I hear it used to be better. But for now we are still underpaid, still lined up to do PD that no teacher in his right mind wants to do, and the administrators look and act just like what we had before. It isn't a strong start for the year.

Anonymous said...

3:36

It has a lot to do with who you know and whose butt you're willing to kiss. One of the TLCs is boasting on Facebook about her cushy new job at the Admin Building. She has stiffed three schools this year for teaching positions and got this job, and IT WAS NEVER POSTED. No one else got a chance at even a make believe interview.

Nothing has changed here. Nothing.

Unknown said...

Who is the TLC in a new admin position? That is really disappointing- it seemed as if the Board and Dr. Ridder were downsizing/making Joplin less top heavy. Maybe not?

Yup. said...

Those who suck...write stupid s#!t about teachers.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should get your facts straight before you post! The position was posted and interviews were held. Everything you say is specious. But that's ok! Those facts are pesky things and unnecessary if you have a personal agenda to criticize everything the district does. Get your head out of your --- and do something constructive for a change.

Anonymous said...

It will all be ok....

Anonymous said...

I bet Mr. Yup a true athletic supporter.

Anonymous said...

Harryman was a horrible teacher and human being. My autistic son had him for health class. He refused to follow my childs IEP, treated my son like he was nothing but a trouble maker and sent him to the principal for not being able to do the work (duh again he is autistic & had an iep!) and when i would email him trying to speak to him about things he refused to answer me. I eventually had to go to the pricipal about it. This man does NOT need to be in a position of power.