Joppa-Maple Grove reorganizes school board

Joppa-Maple Grove District 38 school board reorganized at its April 29 meeting following the swearing-in of three members. The oath of office was administered to new members Rachel Henson, Cory Willenborg and incumbent Danny Burnett, who were elected during the April 6 Consolidated Election. Board officers were voted on as a first order of business: Burnett as president, Denise Meyer as vice president, Henson as secretary and Deanna Latha as treasurer. The board is (from left, seated) Burnett, Meyer, Henson; (standing) Willenborg, Peggy McNeill, Kevin Castleman and Chris McGinness.

In a special-called meeting Monday night, the Joppa-Maple Grove District 38 school board hired Hunter Kreuter as principal.

He was signed to a one-year contract beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

The decision comes a week after the board accepted the resignation of current Joppa-Maple Grove principal Dr. Jeff Dufour, who is retiring on June 17.

A 1988 graduate of Massac County High School, Kreuter received his associate’s degree at Shawnee Community College before going on to Southern Illinois University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology. From Murray State University, he received his bachelor of science degree in elementary education with an emphasis in math/science. Kreuter received his master of arts in education degree with an emphasis in education administration from McKendree College.

He worked with Jim Smith Contracting in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, and then Honeywell from 1988 through 2003 before beginning his education career.

Kreuter was with Massac Unit 1 from 2003-05 before joining the Joppa-Maple Grove district in 2006.

During his tenure with Joppa-Maple Grove, Kreuter has been a second-grade teacher (2006-07), a third-grade teacher (2007-08), dean of students (2008-10), athletic director (2007-11 and 2017-20), Title 1 math and computer teacher (2008-18) and, most recently, a fifth-grade teacher (2018 to present).

Kreuter said his daily goal is “to make a positive impact on the lives of children. I feel our youth make positive role models in their lives.”

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