MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Tracy Bottoms has been hired as the next superintendent of the Monroe City R-1 School District.
Bottoms begins his new duties July 1. He will replace Jim Masters, who is retiring June 30 after eight years as superintendent.Bottoms is coming to Monroe City from the Keytesville R-III School District, where he has been superintendent for the last five years. Keytesville is a district of about 160 students along U.S. 24 mid-way between Hannibal and Kansas City.Bottoms has been in education for about 20 years. He started his career in Paris, where he worked about 10 years. He started as a middle school teacher and later taught physical education, health and driver's education before eventually becoming principal of Paris High School.Bottoms subsequently worked as assistant principal at Moberly High School for several years before he took the superintendent's job in Keytesville.Bottoms said he is eager to begin living and working in Monroe City. He said his wife is a Monroe County native, and many of her relatives reside in that area, which is one reason he was attracted to the Monroe City opening."It's a great opportunity for us, and I'm really looking forward to it," he said.Bottoms said he is inheriting a good situation in Monroe City, where $1.2 million in renovations to the district's vo-ag facilities and high school were carried out in 2008-09 followed by $4 million worth of improvements approved by voters in April 2014. The latter projects included security improvements, technology upgrades and a new, all-weather track and football field."Dr. Masters has done a very good job there for the last eight years of getting that district some facility upgrades," Bottoms said.Bottoms said he plans to carry on the district's efforts to provide a solid education as a way to prepare local students for college or careers."We want to continue to challenge our teachers and our kids to be the best that they can in trying to get the kids ready for life after high school," he said.Bottoms is a native of Raleigh, N.C., and his family moved to Glasgow, Mo., in 1983. He graduated from Glasgow High School and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.Bottoms later earned a master's degree and an educational specialist's degree in education administration along with a doctorate degree in educational leadership, all from William Woods University.