Ridder named OES principal

Posted 5/19/21

Administrators at the Gasconade County R-2 School District announced Tuesday afternoon, May 18, that Owensville Elementary School (OES) Assistant Principal Tricia Ridder will be replacing Principal …

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Ridder named OES principal

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Administrators at the Gasconade County R-2 School District announced Tuesday afternoon, May 18, that Owensville Elementary School (OES) Assistant Principal Tricia Ridder will be replacing Principal Dr. Scott Davidson on July 1 when he leaves to take the assistant superintendent’s position in Cuba.

The board of education on Monday night offered the position to Ridder in open session following closed-session proceedings. According to Superintendent Dr. Chuck Garner, the board believes Ridder will be a good fit for the school.

“Her knowledge of the building, her enthusiasm for the Gasconade County R-2 students and passion for education in general made her stand out above the rest of the candidates,” Garner said Tuesday morning, prior to the scheduled afternoon announcement. “After the announcement, we will post the assistant principal’s position.”

Garner added that promoting Ridder, “provides continuity and confidence.”

The district had eight applicants for the position and interviewed five, of which four currently work within the school district. 

Ridder has been employed with Gasconade County R-2 for 14 years, according to her district profile — although not consecutively.

“She worked with RPDC in Rolla on the PBIS program,” said Assistant Superintendent Jeri Kay Hardy. “The elementary school was just awarded the gold medal for implementation of that program.”

For the past seven years, she has served as assistant principal Owensville Elementary.

“She is really excited,” Hardy said. “When I called last night, she was excited to serve in the principal capacity. She knows the community and has a lot of knowledge and strength that she brings to the position.”

When asked if they have any prospects to fill the assistant principal position, Hardy said they will post the information in and out of district.

“We have several viable candidates in-house that all have their administrative degrees,” Hardy said. “I am sure they will apply and more in-house that could apply for the assistant principal position. Tricia will be an intricate part in the hiring process for that position since they will be her assistant.”

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