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School board names new HS Principal for upcoming school year

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10:25 am

John Fortney is named new highschool principal for Monroe City R-1 after 6-1 school board decision.

As the Monroe City R-1 School District wraps up for its 2017-18 school year, the Board of Education wasted no time preparing for one. The Board of Education voted to hire Mr. John Fortney as the new High School Principal for the 2018-19 school year.
The Monroe City R-1 Board of Education held a special session meeting on November 30, 2017. A motion was made to hire John Fortney as the High School Principal for a one year contract. All board members were in favor except Roger Pennewell who voted nay on the hiring of Fortney. The motion passed six to one.
Fortney, has 15 years of education experience and will be relocated to the community from Owensville, where he has served as the Assistant Principal for the last four years.

As the assistant principal, he has been directly responsible for discipline/attendance and facilities, along with supervising the classes of English, Science, Fine Arts and Physical Education/Health.
Originally from New York, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with an archaeology concentration, Fortney stated, “I moved to Missouri from New Mexico, where I spent time as a contract archaeologist working mostly with construction companies.” He explained after moving to Missouri he started his career in education as a para at the Epworth Children’s Home, of St. Louis, where he worked in the dorms with crisis intervention.