- Duey new head for grades 6-12

Jason Duey is the new head principal at the Seymour R-II School District for grades 6-12.

Jason Duey is completing his third year as Seymour High School’s principal for grades nine through 12.

Come July 1, he’ll begin his first year as the head principal for grades six through 12 under the Seymour R-II School District’s new administrative plan for students in the aforementioned seven grades.

“Mr. Duey has done an outstanding job as our principal at the high school since he was hired to that position, and the board and I have no doubt he’ll continue to excel in the district’s new building-administration plan as the head principal for our middle and high schools,” explained Steve Richards, school superintendent.

Officially, Duey was hired as the head principal for grades 6-12 in a 5-0 vote by members of the Seymour R-II Board of Education last Thursday night at the group’s regular monthly meeting. Members Stacy Kleier and Josh Wright were not present, as Kleier was home recovering from a recent surgery, while Wright was called out for an emergency due to inclement weather.

Duey was chosen from a field of 16 applicants.

Per the school’s offer, he will be paid $82,500 annually under a 10-1/2-month contract.

Duey said Friday afternoon that he will sign the contract and accept the local school’s offer.

“This is a district that’s become home to me and to my family,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed my entire experience here in Seymour as a teacher, coach and an administrator.

“I feel very honored that the board and Mr. Richards have placed their trust in me as the head principal for students in the sixth through 12th grades.”

Next up for the district is to hire an assistant principal for grades 6-12.

To that end, Richards said Friday that the job has been posted, and the district is accepting applications for the new position until Monday, March 1.

“We’ll screen the applicants during that fi rst week of March, then we’ll conduct board interviews with our finalists at the (school) board’s regular March 11 meeting,” he said.

Richards said “three or four” finalists will be interviewed by the board.

Will a decision be made on March 11?

“Yes,” Richards said. “We’ll hire the new assistant principal that night.”

Salary range for the position is $55,000 to $65,000 per year, depending on experience.

“I anticipate us receiving a lot of applications, and I feel we’ll have a lot of good applications,” Richards added.

“This is a good school in a good community. I think that we’ll be able to make a tough decision, meaning that the quality of applicants will make it a tough choice, which is a good thing for the district and our students.”

Richards said Duey will assist him in screening applicants.

In other action at Thursday’s meeting, the school board:

• Offered the position of head cook at the elementary school to Missy Lovelace.

• Hired Taylor (Grabher) Wingo as a cook.

• Hired Jenny Yates as a member of the support staff.

• Offered a one-year contract for the upcoming 2021-22 school year to Karen Safranek as a fi fth-grade teacher.

Safranek is a 16-year teaching veteran, currently working at the Mountain View Elementary School.

“The family has moved to the area, and we really benefit from this by adding an experienced, quality teacher at our elementary,” Richards said.

The vacancy was created by the retirement of longtime first-grade teacher Theresa Cummins at the end of the current 2020-21 school year.

Cummins’ position in the fi rst grade will be filled next year by current fifth-grade teacher Cassie Woods, creating the fifth-grade opening.

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