Wednesday, January 25, 2017
South Middle School principal promoted to assistant superintendent position
Gilbreth, who has been principal at South (formerly Memorial) Middle School for the past 12 years, will assume his new duties February 6 and will be replaced at South by former North Middle School Principal Barbara Cox.
This is the second consecutive year that Cox has been hired to replace a departing principal for the remainder of the school year. Last year, she replaced former East Middle School Principal Bud Sexson at the end of the fall semester. Sexson was reassigned and then was not rehired at the conclusion of his contract.
Gilbreth's greatest challenge as a middle school principal came early in his tenure.
On October 9, 2006, a 13-year-old student brought an assault rifle into Memorial Middle School, shot one round at the ceiling and then pointed the gun directly at Gilbreth, who had stepped into the shooter's path in an effort to stop him and save the students, teachers, and staff in the building.
The teen's gun jammed, according to law enforcement officials and he was subdued.
Since that time, Gilbreth oversaw the move from Memorial to the new South Middle School, and became one of the few principals to survive the C. J. Huff/Angie Besendorfer administration.
The transition will not be that great for Gilbreth as he moves into the new assistant superintendent position. He has been handling many of the same duties all through this school year.
With his promotion, new Superintendent Melinda Moss, who is scheduled to begin her duties April 1, will now have two well-schooled district veterans, Gilbreth and former Joplin High School Principal Kerry Sachetta, in assistant superintendent positions.
Gilbreth began his career teaching technology, reading, and communication arts at North Middle School for five years. He was assistant principal at North for three years before becoming principal at Memorial.
Gilbreth received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University in English Education, his master’s and specialist degrees in Administration from Pittsburg State University and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University.