The Carthage R-9
Board of Education announces that Dr. Blaine A.
Henningsen from St. Charles, Mo. has accepted the
position of Superintendent. His contract will
begin July 1, 2008.
to the R-9 District as Assistant Superintendent
for School Accountability in the Hazelwood School
District. Hazelwood educates 19,566 students,
K-12, and has a district budget of $168,098,161.
He has served the Hazelwood district since 1986,
beginning as a Social Studies instructor in 1986.
received his BSEd in 1977 from the University of
Missouri in Columbia, Mo., in Secondary
Education, Social Studies 7-12. He has an MS in
Educational Administration from Southern Illinois
University, an EdS in Educational Administration
and Supervision also from SIU, and his EdD in
Educational Administration from the University of
He has served as
Past President of Hazelwood Administrative and
Supervisory Association, Co-Coordinator for
Hazelwood School Districts NCLB Student
Transfer Program and the Hazelwood
Districts NCLB Supplementary Services (SES)
been selected to the Missouri Association of
Secondary Principals Leadership Round Table
and the Missouri Department of Elementary and
Secondary Educations Leadership Academy. He
was named Missouri Family, Career and Community
Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Principal of the
year in 2004.
R-9 Board of
Education President, Danny Lambeth, states,
"Dr. Henningsen will continue the commitment
to excellence for our R-9 children, with his
educational leadership experience."
includes positive interpersonal relations, trust
building and collaboration as his key strengths.
"My educational mission is to help provide
students with the knowledge and skills they need
to become informed, self-sufficient, contributing
members of our American society. To attain this
goal, I will enlist the help and support of the
teachers, administrators, support staff, parents,
patrons and school board members in the Carthage
He said his focus
will be student achievement, the safety and
security of students and staff, parental
participation, enhanced community relationships,
increased accountability, expanded use of
technology and hiring and supporting the best
"My life has
been enriched by educators, and my professional
life in education has been a good and rewarding
one," stated Henningsen. "I sincerely
believe that I can make a difference in the lives
of the young people of Carthage because education
has made a profound difference in mine."
Henningsen and his
wife, Cheryl, will relocate to Carthage. They
have two sons, Adam (21), attending the
University of Missouri, Columbia, and Eric (17)
who will enter college next fall.
identify a specific time later in the school year
to introduce Dr. Henningsen to the R-9 faculty,
staff and Carthage Community," said Danny
Lambeth, R-9 Board of Education President.
"He is a dedicated professional and we look
forward to his arrival next summer."
replace Dr. Gary Reed, who served for 8 years as
the Superintendent of Carthage R-9 schools. Reed
submitted his resignation to the R-9 Board of
Education earlier this year on Monday, September