The St. Joseph School District Board of Education, during this week’s executive session, approved two new principal assignments for the 2018 – 2019 school year.
According to a press release, Justin McCarthy has been selected as principal at Hosea Elementary.
He is currently the assistant principal at Spring Garden Middle School, where he has served since 2013. Previously, he taught physical education at Edison Elementary for six years and was the head baseball coach at Central High School for five years.
McCarthy was hired to replace Kevin Carroll, who has accepted a position with Grain Valley School District R-5.
The search for a new assistant principal at Spring Garden will begin immediately.
Leah Richardson has been selected as principal at Lindbergh Elementary.
She is currently principal at Humboldt Elementary, where she has served since fall of 2017. Previously, Richardson was the assistant principal of Oak Grove Elementary and the acting principal of the Webster Learning Center. She has also been an administrative intern at several schools within the district. She began as a teacher with the district in 2006.
Richardson will take over for Dr. Julie Gaddie, who has been named president of the Heartland Foundation.
Retired principal Jeaneen Boyer will serve as interim principal beginning March 1 until the end of the school year.