Bearcat Bulletin

April 13, 2018

Board of Education Reorganizes and Elects Officers for 2018--19

The Gasconade Co. R-I Board of Education will remain consistent in the 2081-19 school year with Mark Brooks and Kevin Stiers returning to their directorships after running unopposed. The slate of officers remains the same President Becky Whithaus, Vice-President Mark Brooks, Secretary Dot Schoening, Directors Mike Pratte, Craig Schannuth, Jeff Englert, and Kevin Stiers.

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Board Approves the Purchase of Minivan at State Pricing for District Use

The school district currently has two cars available for travel, a 2009 Taurus wagon and a 2010 Milan. The purpose of these vehicles is to avoid the high cost of reimbursement of mileage to employees or the high cost of transporting small groups of students on a regular school bus when a vehicle would be a more appropriate mode of transportation.

The 2009 Ford Taurus owned by the District seats 6 passengers and has over 130,000 miles. It has begun to experience mechanical issues as well as being in need of new tires. After evaluation of the mechanical issues, it was determined they are greater than the value of the vehicle.

Purchasing a minivan would make available another seat for a total of 7 passengers. Schneider Chrysler has two minivan options with state set pricing for public school districts. Both minivans were reviewed, and the Chrysler Pacifica was found to be the vehicle that will best suit the needs of the district. The state price is $24,600 for a new 2018 model. Rick Schneider has offered us a trade-in amount of $4,000 for the 2009 Taurus, making the final price $20,600. We have these funds budgeted, and with the board's approval, will make this purchase from the 2017-18 budget.

The van will be used for transporting small groups of students on short trips as well as for district staff. This will be a savings for the district budget, as it is less costly to drive a district-owned vehicle than to reimburse mileage for work-related events. Furthermore, having the availability to transport six or less students in a van rather than a large bus will be a cost savings as well.

Board approves Teaching Contracts for New Hires

The District has filled the only two available certified teaching positions available for the fall of 2018. We are pleased to announce that both candidates are not only the most qualified candidates, but are also alumni of Hermann High School.

Shelby Winkelmann will be joining the teaching staff as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Ms. Winkelmann attended the University of Central Missouri where she received both her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She completed her clinical studies at Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders, Pettis County Early Childhood Center, and Rusk Rehabilitation Center. We are very excited to have Shelby on our team and look forward to the impact she will have on our students for years to come.

Mr. Jake Witthaus joins our special education teaching team at the high school. Mr. Witthaus has been successfully teaching at New Haven for the past three years in special education. He is a graduate of Central Methodist College with a Bachelors of Science in Education. We look forward to having Mr. Witthaus in the hallways of Hermann High School once again.

Coaches are Hired for the 2018-19 School Year

HIgh School


Andy Emmons Head Coach

Josh Schwenck Assistant

Jess Robb Assistant

Wayland McKague Assistant

Donnie Bell Assistant

Andrew Alsop Assistant/JH Head

Cross Country

Josh Morris Head Coach

Dan Bader Assistant


Gary Leimkuehler Head Coach

Chris Leibach Assistant


Linda Lampkin Head Coach

Phil Landolt Assistant

Beth Weir Assistant

Boys Basketball

Josh Vinyard Head Coach

Larry Faerber Assistant

Gary Ash Assistant

Girls Basketball

Andy Emmons Head Coach

Shelby Winkelmann Assistant

Lexi Hughes Assistant


Wayland McKague Head Coach

Josh Schwenck Assistant


Jeremy Hosick Head Coach


Josh Morris Head Coach

Keri Poehlman Assistant

Ricky Vise Assistant

Andrew Alsop Assistant

Melanie Behrens Assistant


TBD Head Coach


Rhonda Hardee Head Coach

Kirsten Parr Assistant

Middle School

Girls Basketball

Josh Vinyard 8th Grade

Eva Erickson 7th Grade

Boys Basketball

Jeremy Hosick 8th Grade

Jake Witthaus 7th Grade


Phil Landolt 8th Grade

Beth Weir 7th Grade

2018-19 Staffing Changes

The 18-19 school year will bring about some changes in staffing assignments in order to meet the needs of our changing student population. With a declining enrollment in kindergarten and increased enrollment in the four-year-old preschool, the district will offer two full-day programs of preschool beginning next year. Early childhood education is a research-based intervention demonstrating effective gains in student achievement in K-12 achievement for students. We are happy to have enough students enrolled to offer two classes.

A reduction of a section of the fifth grade will allow one teacher to provide educational teaching support in fifth grade, sixth grade, and STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) at the Middle School. Additionally, a high school health teacher will join the middle school health team for a portion of each day to reduce class sizes in pe/health at the middle school.

One special education teacher at the middle school will move to the high school to provide students services. This teacher was hired from outside the district at the April board meeting.

We believe that making these adjustments to staffing will meet the needs of our students as the demographics in each building changes.


The Board accepted the resignation of Ms. Jade Kiser, a teacher at Hermann Middle School. Ms. Kiser has accepted a teaching position in her field of study. She will be greatly missed and we wish her the best.

Mr. Steve Lenger also resigned his position as a part-time custodian for the district. We wish Steve the best.

Important Dates

April 14 Jr. & Sr. Prom, Valentine Hall

April 18 Spring Fling

April 19/20 State FFA

April 24-May 2 EOC Testing

May 2 Senior Cardinal’s game

May 4 Special Olympics

May 7- Band Concert

May 7-11- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 11 – Decision Day/Senior Recognition Night

8th-Grade Promotion Ceremony, 6:00 p.m.

May 13 – Baccalaureate Service 7:00 pm @ Baptist Church

May 15 – Senior BBQ

Choir Concert

May 17 Last day of school for students & Graduation 7:00 pm

May 18 Last day of school for teachers

May 29 First day of summer school

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