All teaching positions for the upcoming 2019-20 school year at the Seymour R-II School District have been filled, Superintendent Bruce Denney said Monday.

The final open spot was filled at a special meeting of the Seymour R-II Board of Education last Tuesday, June 4, as Maddie Cavender was hired to teach English classes at Seymour High School.

This will be Cavender’s fi rst full-time teaching job.

A native of the north-Missouri city of Hamilton and a 2018 graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, she will teach students in grades nine through 12.

Two more staff positions were fi lled at last week’s special meeting.

Jerry Maggard was hired as a maintenance employee.

A resident of Oldfi eld, Maggard comes to Seymour with nine years of experience in public schools, as he’s previously worked in Ava and Sparta.

Steve Harris was hired as a custodial employee.

Harris was born and raised in Seymour and still resides here, as he owned and operated his own dairy farm for more than two decades. Most recently, he’s worked at a local dairy farm owned by Greg and Jacque Cook just west of Seymour on Box School Loop.

Both Harris and Maggard began their new jobs this week.

The school board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. this Thursday evening at the district’s administration building on Business 60, across from the Seymour Middle School.

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