Chillicothe Hires Superintendent

Chillicothe Hires Superintendent

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#1 Jan 13, 2011
Chillicothe, Mo.— The Chillicothe R-2 School Board has announced the hiring of Roger Barnes as superintendent of schools. Barnes will start in his position on July 1, 2011, taking over for Dr. Linda Gray Smith, who announced in October that she would not be returning for the 2011-2012 school year.

Barnes has been superintendent in the El Dorado Springs R-2 District in Missouri since 2005.

Before that, he worked for the Carrollton School District. In Carrollton, he served as vocational director from 2000 to 2005 and was the Carrollton district’s high school principal from 1997 to 2000. Prior to that, he served as principal at Brunswick High School from 1993 until 1997.

Barnes will be joined in Chillicothe by his wife, Kathi and son, Alex, who is currently a seventh grader. Barnes has another son, Chad, who lives in Marshall, Mo.

“My family and I are very much looking forward to joining the Chillicothe community. I’ve known for a long time that the Chillicothe School District is well respected and I am looking forward to becoming a part of it,” Barnes stated.

Barnes was selected by the R-2 school board from five candidates during an executive session at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon. The vote was unanimous, 6-0, with Randy Constant not present. The district has chosen not to disclose his salary at this time; however, according to the Sunshine Law, the district must release that information within 72 hours of the vote being taken.
NewGuy

Polo, MO

#2 Jan 13, 2011
What's wrong with him Don?
Otto Frederick Rohweddar

Columbia, MO

#3 Jan 13, 2011
Sounds on the surface like a good hire. Let's hope so. Seems to have plenty of administrative experience in districts "close" to Chillicothe's size...perhaps a bit smaller. Definitely not Worth County small...:)
Don Simkins

Overland Park, KS

#4 Jan 13, 2011
NewGuy wrote:
What's wrong with him Don?
I do not personally know the gentleman. I'm sure as time goes on, we all will come to know him by his actions.

The district is in such a mess financially, I believe he needs to make unpopular cuts AND request more taxes. But not one without the other.

Question: did he work in Carrollton during Dale Wallace's time there?(Dale later was an R II supt.)

I hope the board did not pay through the nose for a supt.

Anyway, lets not judge at this juncture. He'll write his own story for us and we can discuss it then.

Guess we'll all wait and see!
Don Simkins

Overland Park, KS

#5 Jan 13, 2011
Just read the internet version of the CT on school board proposed cuts---finally, they figured out that the revenues will be down and they are spending more than they can pay out.

Why did it take this long to figure out what anybody could plainly see?

Do you suppose they were covering their own job by waiting till the electorate pretty much figured out that money don't grow on trees? If so, shame on them.

This has been coming on since the new high school was built and just keeps accelerating. Finally, somebodys have woke up from a long winters nap and appear to be moving in the direction dictated by revenues.

I still say taxes need to be rased to the max before the authority runs out to copple with the cost cutting moves and designate the money for RESERVES.

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#6 Jan 13, 2011
Don Simkins wrote:
Just read the internet version of the CT on school board proposed cuts---finally, they figured out that the revenues will be down and they are spending more than they can pay out.
Why did it take this long to figure out what anybody could plainly see?
Do you suppose they were covering their own job by waiting till the electorate pretty much figured out that money don't grow on trees? If so, shame on them.
This has been coming on since the new high school was built and just keeps accelerating. Finally, somebodys have woke up from a long winters nap and appear to be moving in the direction dictated by revenues.
I still say taxes need to be rased to the max before the authority runs out to copple with the cost cutting moves and designate the money for RESERVES.
Its all Dr. Smiths fault, right?
Otto Frederick Rowheddar

Chillicothe, MO

#7 Jan 13, 2011
So...basically if you post on this thread your clueless, nuts, and full of spam? I wonder if the voting party would care to address their thoughts?
Enough

Overland Park, KS

#8 Jan 14, 2011
From the mouth of Don. "I still say taxes need to be rased to the max before the authority runs out to copple with the cost cutting moves and designate the money for RESERVES". Easy to say when you're not a tax paing member of the district.
Enough x2

Chillicothe, MO

#9 Jan 14, 2011
Back seat Superintendent

Since: Sep 10

Chillicothe

#10 Jan 14, 2011
Any particular reason why the taxpayers should make up the difference for fraud and corruption Don Simkins?

I'll guarantee this right now, if the new superintendent cannot solve the budget situation then he is getting OVERPAID. Its really not that difficult to cut the waste commensurate with revenue.

Of course they would want to tell us that anything that NEEDS to be cut would affect the children's ability to learn, like cell phones for superintendents and a million other things.

I remember the auction the school district had for surplus cars. Some of them had very, VERY low mileage on them. Was this called out as waste by anybody - HELL NO!

A school superintendent is like a fucking politician, cutting waste is not in their vocabulary.
Chillicitizen2

Chillicothe, MO

#11 Jan 14, 2011
I remember the auction the school district had for surplus cars. Some of them had very, VERY low mileage on them. Was this called out as waste by anybody - HELL NO

The low mileage surplus cars you question, have never been used by the district. They were bought as wrecks and reconstructed by auto body class at the tech school. Profits help offset program cost.
Why

Chillicothe, MO

#12 Jan 14, 2011
Why would anyone with anything on the ball want to step into such a pile of shit? They musd not read topix lol

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#13 Jan 14, 2011
raise taxes because costs aren't going down
Chilli mom

Chillicothe, MO

#14 Jan 15, 2011
Why wrote:
Why would anyone with anything on the ball want to step into such a pile of shit? They musd not read topix lol
That is kind of what I was thinking. lol

Since: Sep 10

Chillicothe

#15 Jan 17, 2011
Chillicitizen2 wrote:
I remember the auction the school district had for surplus cars. Some of them had very, VERY low mileage on them. Was this called out as waste by anybody - HELL NO
The low mileage surplus cars you question, have never been used by the district. They were bought as wrecks and reconstructed by auto body class at the tech school. Profits help offset program cost.
Well that IS fascinating. Then wouldn't it be a better idea if the school district bought and used those vehicles instead of buying NEW ONES?
watching from sideline

Chillicothe, MO

#16 Jan 17, 2011
Yes, Guydaley, it would be a better idea to buy and use those. It does not take much to figure out ways to economize.
Chilli mom

Chillicothe, MO

#17 Jan 17, 2011
I just hope this guy knows what he is getting into. It won't be an easy fix, no matter how good he is. Best of luck to him. I REALLY hope he is successful.
Stacey

United States

#18 Jan 17, 2011
What is the salary for the new superintendent? According to the newspaper the information was to be given in 72 hours to comply with the Sunshine Law. It has been 6 days.

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#19 Jan 17, 2011
Chilli mom wrote:
I just hope this guy knows what he is getting into. It won't be an easy fix, no matter how good he is. Best of luck to him. I REALLY hope he is successful.
This is very true, it won't be a quick fix. Why would this guy want to come here.

Of course, we all know that if he doesn't fix things within his first 24 hours our being in the job, people are going to come on here and bitch and moan and blame him for not doing his job!

Since: Jan 10

Chillicothe

#20 Jan 19, 2011
The annual salary for incoming Chillicothe R-2 superintendent, Roger Barnes, will be $125,000 for the 2011-12 school year, according to figures released this week by the R-2 district office.

This amount is an increase over the $111,500 salary of current superintendent, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Neither of these figures takes into account benefits received on top of salary. While final numbers were unavailable at this time, the benefits package Barnes will be receiving for the 2011-12 school year will include health insurance, retirement benefits (equaling 14.5 percent of his annual salary during the 2011-12 school year), workman’s compensation, Medicare benefits, a car allowance, and a new phone.

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