The Jefferson City School District recently shared more than 40 previously unannounced staff hires for Capital City High School.
A few details about 61 full-time, certified staff members were shared by Capital City High School on the school's Facebook page last week — name, general subject area or position at CCHS, information about their education, and a photo.
JC Schools Director of Communications Ryan Burns confirmed in an email the post is "accurate and all-inclusive of full-time (certified) staff."
All teachers for freshman and sophomore classes at the school in the 2019-20 school year have been hired, Burns relayed from CCHS Principal Ben Meldrum.
Of the 61 staff members listed, some details of about 18 of them have previously been publicized by JC Schools over the past year or two as announcements were made about administration team and then activities hires — including Meldrum, Activities Director Robert Ndessokia, assistant principals Jeff Jennewein and Mike Shipp, Associate Principal of Curriculum and Instruction Emily Vallandingham, and Counselor Director Tim Ritter.
Included in the list were seven listed with the subject area of English; three in fine arts; nine in mathematics; three in performing arts; four in physical education; two for Project Lead the Way; six in science; seven for special education; six in social studies; and two in world languages.
Three of the seven English teachers were also listed with drama, journalism, or speech and debate.
One of the four PE teachers will also serve as an assistant activities director — Darrin Young, who was previously announced by JC Schools in April as CCHS' head boys basketball coach.
One of the two listed Project Lead the Way teachers will also serve as an assistant activities director — Aubrey Moss. The other Project Lead the Way teacher, Megan McReynolds, was also listed with the science subject area.
CCHS' staff announcement also included one business teacher, a family and consumer science teacher, a librarian, an instructional coach, a practical arts teacher and two more counseling staff in addition to Ritter.
The full announcement, including staff members' photos, is available at facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2925655697507077&type=3&sfnsw=cl.
The majority of the certified staff for CCHS came from Simonsen 9th Grade Center, according to the district.
About two-thirds of the 61 people announced came from Simonsen, based on cross-checking names with JC Schools' staff directory. That also showed a few staff among the group who are likely coming to CCHS from Jefferson City High School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and Lewis and Clark Middle School.
Meldrum, Jennewein, Shipp, Ritter and Vallandingham came to CCHS from Simonsen. Simonsen closed May 22, as freshmen will instead go to CCHS and JCHS starting this year.
"We plan to share photos on social media of a few other groups, like our custodial staff or food services team, for example, as school gets started," Burns relayed from Meldrum.
The first day of school for JC Schools — including both of its high schools — is Tuesday. CCHS is under construction, with that project set to be complete in December, and the JCHS renovation is planned to be fully complete in January 2020.