Rector Band Director Resigns, Fowler's Contract Extended
Two major personnel matters dominated the regular meeting of the Rector School Board, held Monday in the district administration offices. In keeping with tradition, the board considered and approved a contract extension for superintendent Johnny Fowler. In turn, Fowler informed the board that RHS band director Kyle Kempf had tendered his resignation effective immediately in a desire to pursue other options in the music profession.
Extensions to the contract of the superintendent are usually considered in January, and board members had no issue with keeping Fowler at the helm for an additional year.
“The custom is to add a year to the contract, maintaining three years on the five-year contract,” board president Jody Simmons noted as the extension was granted.
Fowler also presented Kempf's letter of resignation, which was accepted. The superintendent then informed the board members that the district would immediately begin an active search for a new band director.
Kempf was hired at a special meeting on April 11, 2018, following the resignations of band director Daniel VanAalsburg and chorus director Melinda VanAalsburg, his wife, as they left the district for job offers in Missouri.
Kempf is a graduate of Cabot High School, where he was a member of 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.
Prior to adjourning, the board accepted Superintendent Fowler’s financial report for December, 2018. The operating fund balance is $1,528,552.53. The building fund balance is $1,742,046.27. Including federal funds and cafeteria funds, the total fund balance is $3,398,819.29.