Scott City picks local principal as new district leader

Thursday, November 22, 2001

SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Diann Bradshaw was only 5 when Scott City schools superintendent Roger Tatum began his teaching career.

Thirty-three years later, he's retiring, and she's taking over the position.

Bradshaw, Scott City Middle School principal, will move into her new job July 1 and become the third new superintendent promoted in the area since September.

Even though Bradshaw, a 38-year-old mother of three, says she is not nervous about assuming Tatum's responsibilities, she admits her first year is going to be a learning experience.

The district passed a $3.5 million bond issue and 30-cent tax increase in April for construction of a multipurpose building, 20 additional classrooms and a new industrial technology building.

Working on that project and keeping up with district finances are what Bradshaw expects to be her biggest challenges during her inaugural year.

"Financially, there are so many rules and regulations I am going to have to learn," she said.

But she won't be alone. Since the Nov. 5 announcement of Bradshaw's advancement, she has been going over finance materials with Tatum.

"I'm going to continue with my middle school job this year, but I'm going to work as closely as possible with Mr. Tatum to make sure there is a smooth transition for the school district," she said. "He's an awesome superintendent, and he has very big shoes I'm going to have to try to fill."

Tatum has been superintendent for six years. Although he is leaving the district at the end of the year, he won't be leaving Scott City.

"This is where I live," Tatum said. "I'm still going to help out with the building program and give Mrs. Bradshaw as much help as she needs."

Bradshaw was chosen from an pool of 18 candidates for the position.

School board president Debbie Miller said, when the pool was narrowed to three people, Bradshaw was the only candidate within the district, but that wasn't a major factor in the board's decision to select her.

"She knows the district, she's a very hard worker and she's done an excellent job as the middle school principal," Miller said. "We just look at it as a plus that she can be working with Roger over the next several months to ensure the transition is smooth."

Before becoming the middle school principal, Bradshaw was a teacher in Scott City schools for 10 years. During that time, she also coached volleyball and sponsored the cheerleading squad.

In September, the Cape Girardeau School District chose assistant superintendent Mark Bowles to replace Dan Steska at the end of the year, and on Nov. 6, Perry County School District No. 32 appointed Beverly Schonhoff as superintendent. Schonhoff had been serving as interim superintendent since Stephen Doerr was removed from that office in September.

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