Slater school board reorganizers, approves interim superintendent

Monday, April 11, 2011
Jayme Young-England (left) and Brenda Guthrie (right) are sworn in as members of the Slater Board of Education during a special meeting held Monday, April 11. (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

The Slater Board of Education reorganized during a special meeting Monday, April 11, after Election Day produced two new board members.

Incumbent Jodi Fuemmeler rejoins the board for a three-year term along with new members Jayme Young-England and Brenda Guthrie, who were sworn in Monday evening.

Board reorganization includes Fuemmeler acting as board secretary, Rick Hays as president and Joey Gochenour as vice president. Board members also appointed Bethany Weiker as treasurer and Becky Uhlich as an alternate treasurer, should they accept the positions.

Jodi Fuemmeler is sworn in as a member of the Slater Board of Education during a special meeting held Monday, April 11. (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

In addition to a new board of education, another change has recently occurred in Slater schools.

Carol Maher, PhD, who has been working with the district as a school culture consultant since Fall 2010 was approved as an interim superintendent.

Maher graduated from Slater High School and has been in public education for 30 years, she said.

"... the last 10 as an administrator and the last five as a superintendent" in two different districts, she told board members.

After retiring in 2006, Maher took a position with the University of Missouri in the principal and superintendent preparation program. She will now serve the district on a volunteer basis while Superintendent John McEachern is on administrative leave, pending further discussions.

Maher told board members she "considers it an honor to work for the Slater School District," and feels that she can help at this time.

The board went into executive session to discuss legal and personnel matters.

The next regular meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19.

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