Malta Bend's secretary takes ethanol plant post
Monday evening's Malta Bend school board meeting was dominated by the news that longtime secretary Joy Samson was leaving her position with the school district to accept a job just a stone's throw away with ethanol producing giant, Mid-Missouri Energy.
Samson, who also held the titles of board of education secretary and treasurer, told board members and media representatives who were present at the meeting that, although she was moving into a another phase of her life and career, she would miss the camaraderie that she developed with her fellow employees and the relationships that she developed over the past 12 years with the students of Malta Bend.
"I have enjoyed my time here immensely," Samson said. "I'm really going to miss the kids and the teachers, but I am excited about my new position and what I'm going to be doing at MME."
District superintendent, Ryan Nowlin, said Samson's contributions will be difficult to replace.
"We love Joy," Nowlin said. "She's been a tremendous asset here for a number of years. She's going to be hard to replace, but we want to wish her well in her new endeavors."
In other board news, Nowlin announced that CTA president, Julie Malter, who was not present at the meeting because of a previous commitment, informed him that the CTA is in the process of purchasing a new water fountain for the school's second floor.
When contacted on Tuesday morning, Malter said, "We're pleased to be able to address one of the needs on our facility improvement list."
PTO officer and board member, Mindy Rigby then announced that the organization's concession stand is meeting - or surpassing - the expectations that were set when the stand was set up at the beginning of the school year.
Nowlin thanked Rigby and the efforts of the PTO by saying, "The PTO has gone above and beyond the call to support our school and are putting money back into the school which we're very thankful for," he said.
Nowlin then announced that the district has a new Internet website that is available to view, not only school information, but community happenings as well.
"We got our new website up and running over a week ago and I've been putting stuff on it ever since," he said. "We have a lot of information on the site about the Malta Bend community, so we're pleased to be able to offer these services and keep people informed of our activities."
Finally, Nowlin asked parents who attend Malta Bend basketball games to park in the school's gravel parking lot and enter the building through the school's commons area.
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