The Dexter Board of Education has met in special sessions twice in recent weeks for the purpose of accepting resignations and retirement notifications, and most recently to fill some of those positions that have become available.
Dr. Roger Alsup, who has been employed in the local district for more than 22 years, submitted his letter of resignation effective Feb. 28, 2013. Alsup is currently in the position of assistant superintendent. He has previously served in the capacities of assistant principal and principal at T.S. Hill Middle School, high school assistant principal, and science teacher at the middle school level.
The board has accepted Alsup's resignation and agreed to put in place current Dexter High School Principal Corey Mouser to serve as interim assistant superintendent in Alsup's place. Mouser's appointment was immediate, and he is currently, along with his duties at the high school level, assuming supervision of transportation, safety and personnel duties at the administrative level.
Dr. Kim Flowers, who also serves as assistant superintendent, submitted her intent to retire in June at an earlier board meeting, but due to health issues in her family, the board approved an early retirement. She will conclude her 25 years in the educational field on Feb. 22.
In addition to the above administrative positions, Michael Vipperman and his wife, Rebecca, who have been employed teaching math at the middle school level and at Central Elementary, respectively, both submitted letters of resignation effective at the conclusion of the current school year.
Meanwhile, the board has filled several classroom assignments throughout the four local campuses, including two individuals to fill the positions of high school science teachers. Leanne Dooley and Charles Cooper both previously submitted their intentions to retire at the end of the school year. Marianne Bruce, a Dexter resident who currently is employed at Twin Rivers Schools and has 25 years of teaching experience, will take one of the science positions, and Tiska Rodgers, also a Dexter resident, will fill the other role. Rodgers has nine years of experience and is currently employed at Puxico High School.
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Vo-Tech Agriculture Instructor Ron Shipman also previously announc-ed his intent to retire at the end of the current year. Taking his position will be Gary Wyman of Essex, with 20 years teaching experience. He has spent the past several years at Richland High School.
Veteran Science Instructor Pam Mills at T.S. Hill Middle School also notified the district months ago of her intent to retire. Cacie King, who has two years teaching experience at Excelsior Springs, will be moving to the area and will take Mills' position.
Tara Mouser from Dexter, with 14 years experience at Bloomfield Schools as a speech pathologist, will take over for retiring Kim Fitts at Central Elementary School next fall.
Sandra Clark, who will be retiring as reading instructor at T.S. Hill Middle School, will be replaced by Lara Simmons, Sharp said. Simmons currently teaches fourth grade at Central Elementary.
Jacy McBroom has been named to fill a position unique to the district.
"Due to an increased level of student need," Sharp explained, "the position for an applied behavior analysis therapist has opened up, and the board has approved Jacy McBroom to immediately fill that position. It will be McBroom's first employment in a school setting."
Positions remaining open within the local district include a curriculum director and director of special education, as well as social studies positions at both the high school and middle school levels. The English position at Dexter High School, being vacated at the end of the current year by retiring veteran teacher Nancy Vines, also remains open.