(From Carthage R-9 School District)
The Carthage R-9 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, December 11, 2018,
6:00 pm, at Columbian School. Present were Board members Justin Baucom, Niki Cloud, Tony
Diggs, Jeff Jones, Bill Lasley, and, Lee Elliff Pound.
Members of the Columbian Tiger Crew introduced themselves and shared some of their academic
achievements and future goals.
The Board approved the consent agenda for the purpose of approving the meeting agenda,
minutes of previous meeting, payment of bills, monthly financial reports, contract to Mid-America
Sports Construction for the activity center turf ($165,009.99), and approval of bus bid
Artists of the Month awards were distributed to December winners.
Anthony Steve Hernandez-Rojas was selected for the Missouri School Boards’ Association John T.
Belcher Scholarship nominee. Anthony will compete for a regional scholarship; one regional winner
will be awarded a statewide scholarship.
Mrs. Elliff Pound provided an update on Carthage R-9 School Foundation activities. Major Saver
Cards sales went well. Half of the funds received are given to the school and the remaining half to
the Carthage R-9 Foundation. Foundation scholarship applications are being accepted at this
Dr. Baker updated the Board regarding the following announcements:
The first meeting of Carthage 2020 and Beyond was held on Tuesday, December 11,
6:30 pm in the CHS Commons area. The public was invited to participate in this
planning session to discuss the future of our schools and identify new opportunities
and challenges. Future meetings in 2019 are scheduled at 6:30 pm on January 24,
February 11, March 11, and April 22.
The Joplin Globe’s article written by Tyler Wornell regarding the districts’ SEE-TEL Grant
has been published in the New York Times and U.S. News and World Report. The grant
provides funding for training ELL teachers and programs promoting immigrant family
Students will be dismissed for Christmas Break on Friday, December 21, at 1:00 pm
and are scheduled to return to school January 7.
Recipients of the 2018-19 Golden Key Awards, are Kiley Kyte, Bryan Shallenburger,
Pamela Hitchcock, and Caleb Bayless. Winners will be recognized in January at the
Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
Quetha Bassham, Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools, who is retiring after 20
years, was recognized for her dedication and service to the Carthage R-9 School
In closed session, the Board accepted retirements/resignations and approved the employment
of certified and support staff as follows:
Retirement (effective end of 2018-19 school year):
Lowell Catron Physical Education Steadley,
Sandra Hartley Algebra High School
Donna Maggard Instructional Facilitor/Title 1 Director District
Leigh Shoup Virtual Learning Instructor Tech-N
Resignation (effective end of 2018-19 school year)
Erin Roelfsema 1st Grade Columbian
Arienna Reynolds Special Education Columbian
Bob Holman Instructor – 2nd semester ½ day Virtual Learning
Morgan Robertson Fifth Grade Intermediate Center
Rebecca Callahan Cook Junior High
Abbey Catron Paraprofessional Mark Twain
Wendy Estes Bus Aide Transportation
Bobbi Gober Paraprofessional Fairview
Laura Hall Paraprofessional Mark Twain
HyAzia Johnson Nurse Junior High
Lisa Macias Cook Intermediate Center
Hannah McCully Secretary Intermediate Center