Rector Band Director Resignation Accepted at Special Meeting
Members of the Rector School Board gathered in special session Wednesday, April 11, in a meeting called by Superintendent Johnny Fowler. The main item of business on the agenda was to accept the resignations of band director Daniel VanAalsburg, and chorus director Melinda VanAllsburg, effective at the conclusion of their contracts for the current school year.
In addition, the board voted to act upon the recommendations of Fowler, and Rector High School principal Nate Henderson, and hire Kyle Kempf to fill the vacant position of band director.
Kempf is a graduate of Cabot High School, where he participating in the marching band program. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at Arkansas Tech University, and served as the assistant band director at Wynne High School for three years. He left the job at Wynne to enroll at Arkansas State University to pursue his Master's Degree, which he will receive this summer.
While earning his Master's Degree at ASU, Kempf assisted the A-State band by conducting and serving as graduate assistant in oversight of several sections.
“With Kempf's contacts in the music field, I'm excited for the band members and their parents, who will see the band moving forward in all areas,” noted RHS principal Henderson. “Kyle Kempf is just the person to take our band program to the next level.”
VanAalsburg, a native of Hardy and graduate of Highland High School, took the Rector job in August of 2010, just months after graduating from ASU. He was also a member of the A-State band program, and played the tuba. Shortly before taking the job he was married, and his wife Melinda took on the job of chorus director at RHS.
Reportedly, VanAllsburg was offered the job of band director at Mountain Grove High School, in Missouri, prompting the resignations.
Henderson noted the district will be hosting a reception very soon, allowing the students and parents to meet Kempf.