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Blair Oaks announces new superintendent

by Anna Campbell | December 5, 2022 at 10:08 a.m.
Anna Campbell/News Tribune photo: Capital City High School Principal Ben Meldrum greets 2022 Senior Hunter Schulte with a fist bump as he heads into the school Monday, May 9, 2022. Meldrum greets students everyday.

The Blair Oaks School District has announced that current Capital City High School Principal Ben Meldrum will serve as Blair Oaks’ next superintendent.

Meldrum will begin as superintendent in July 2023 and will help prepare for the next school year as his schedule allows, according to a district news release.

Meldrum will continue as principal at CCHS for the rest of the school year.

Meldrum has served as the principal at CCHS since it opened, and before that, he served as principal at Simonsen Ninth Grade Center for 5 years. Meldrum also taught at Nichols Career Center and was the assistant principal at Simonsen.

“Ben Meldrum has been a tremendous asset to the Jefferson City School District for more than 20 years, including leading Capital City High School through its development and first four years in operation,” said JC Schools Superintendent Bryan McGraw. “We wish him the very best as he transitions to the role of Superintendent for Blair Oaks.”

While at CCHS, Meldrum has been known for greeting each student at the front door, a practice he said helps him understand how kids’ days are going before the school day gets started and helps them start the day on the right foot.

“Some of our kids, this is the first adult interaction that they have in the morning,” he said in a June interview with the News Tribune. “So many of our parents work, and they’re busy and everything else, and so often times I think it’s important that our kids are greeted by an adult or a familiar face, that they can at least start their day off with a pleasant interaction with an adult.”

Meldrum described himself at the time as a “nontraditional” educator, since his path to education administration began with a degree in marketing management from Missouri State University. Meldrum also earned a master’s degree in technical education administration from the University of Central Missouri and a specialist of education in administration.

Meldrum and his wife, Jeni, have three children that attend Blair Oaks: Wyatt in 11th grade and Hattie and Hudson in eighth grade.

In his free time, Meldrum enjoys watching his children play sports, playing golf, fishing, hunting, and cooking and grilling.

Blair Oaks will host a meet and greet soon, with details to be announced, according to the news release.


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