Jefferson City Public Schools announced administrative staffing appointments for the new Capital City High School.
The new staff will take on their positions starting in July 2019.
Ben Meldrum, Principal
Meldrum has 18 years of experience in education, including being the principal at Simonsen Ninth Grade Center and a cooperative career education teacher at Nichols Career Center for 11 years, according to a press release from JCPS. Meldrum will become the first principal of Capital City High School in the fall of 2019.
Mike Shipp, Assistant Principal
Shipp has 26 total years of experience in education, according to a JCPS press release. Shipp was a science teacher at TJMS, head and assistant Baseball coach at JCHS and assistant principal at Simonsen for the past five years. Prior to coming to JCPS, Shipp was an Assistant Principal at California High School.
Jeff Jennewein , Assistant Principal
Jennewein has 17 years of experience in the education field, according to the release. Jennewein served as a physical education teacher and head basketball coach at LaMont High School and Richland High School. He was also the athletic director at Vienna High School and the health teacher and head basketball coach at West Plains High School and Desoto High School.
Emily Vallandingham, Associate Principal of Curriculum & Instruction
Vallandingham has 12 years of experience in education, 10 of them being with JCPS, according to the release. She taught english for two years at Parkway Central Middle School. Vallandingham was also an english teacher, department chair, MU fellows mentor, technology applications teacher, instructional coach, and administrative intern.
Tim Ritter, Counselor Director
Ritter has 10 years of experience in education with nine years at Simonsen 9th Grade Center as a school counselor, the release said. “He spent one year in Columbia as an academic interventionist and assistant basketball coach at Oakland Jr. High School and as an assistant baseball coach at Rock Bridge High School,” the JCPS release said. “He will work with the administrative team in developing the schedule and supporting student needs.”