Band Director, Math Teacher Hired at Special Rector Board Meeting

Thursday, January 24, 2019

At a special meeting of Rector School Board held on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Administration building, the board addressed two personnel issues – the need for a band director plus an additional math teacher.

With information about RHS’ open band position, gleaned from ASU and the band musician’s association, three candidates presented themselves for consideration. Triggered by Kyle Kempf’s resignation, which was effective immediately and accepted by the school board on Monday, Jan. 14, the high school principal and superintendent conducted interviews for an interim teacher. In response, the board hired Ben Mullen for the interim position, effective Tuesday, Jan. 22. An ASU grad, he is a native of Walnut Ridge.

Kempf had been hired at a special board meeting in April, and succeeded Daniel VanAalsburg who left the job to assume a similar position at a district in southern Missouri.

In addition, the board discussed the need for an additional math position for the remainder of this semester and for, perhaps, additional course offerings at the high school for upper division math next school year.

The board received excellent recommendations for Isaiah Ritter, who graduated from Arkansas State University in December. Ritter completed his professional requirements with an internship at Nettleton Junior High, and comes to the job highly recommended.

“In order to secure this new teacher, the Rector School System needed to act with haste. We hired him to complete this year, co-teaching with Payton Holcomb, and for the 2019-2020 school year so we would be able to offer additional upper level math classes if needed, superintendent Johnny Fowler explained. “We are always looking toward the future, being ready to act regarding what is best for our system in the long term.”

Ritter’s employment was also scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 22. He is a native of Paragould.

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