Not only did the city of Elsberry see major changes in 2012; changing of officials, water projects, water bill controversy, etc, but Elsberry R-II School District saw some significant change as well.
Possibly one of the biggest changes the district saw was that of former Elsberry R-II Superintendent Larry Flanagan announcing his retirement and even bigger his replacement being, at the time, High School Principal Tim Reller, Ed.D.
Dr. Reller was with the school for approximately two-years before stepping into the role of superintendent, on June 30.
Reller said stepping into a roll like this, seemed more involved because it was not just looking after a high school but an entire district, which creates a wider variety of needs. However, being in that administrative roll has helped him be prepared.
Some of the things Reller said he planned to continue doing was keeping his “open door policy and maintaining the same dedication and thoroughness that Flanagan did in regards to the budget.
“I think as an administrators we have to [keep our doors open], we work for the public, which means you have to be willing to listen to people whether they come into your office, catch you at the gas station or IGA,” Reller said. “You have to be willing to listen and like I said we work for the public so we want to know what they’re concerns are, because a lot of time they are legitimate things that we need to address, so it’s good to get feed back from the community and what things they feel are important.”
Although stepping into the shoes of Flanagan may have seemed like a challenge, Flanagan said, “Your only as good as the people you have working for you. Your only as good as the board members that support you and I have been truly fortunate to have worked with some of the best.”
Flanagan said when he looks back at his 16-years the thing he felt most fortunate about, besides the kids is having a board that shared in his love for doing what’s best for the kids.
“I have had a lot of memorable moments in the last 16-years,” Flanagan said. “But it’s time for a younger fresher mind to come in and take this school district to the next level, which I honestly believe Reller can and will do.”
However, the retirement of Flanagan and promotion of Dr. Reller, were not the only changes the district saw. Two of the big changes the district saw were High School Principal Stephen Hill and former Braves Teacher now Middle School Principal Jason Miller.
With the promotion of Dr. Reller, as well as the retirement of Kenny Youmans and Cyril Heintzelman, Hill and Miller both said it was going to be a good year filled with new programs, fresh ideas and learning curves.
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