The following news release was provided by Bob Satnan, the Communications Director for Sedalia School District 200.

During closed session of its April 13 meeting, the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education approved Jeremy Fry as assistant principal at Smith-Cotton Junior High School.

Fry currently is the interim principal at Sedalia Middle School. He earned his bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Missouri Valley College in Marshall in May 2006. He also holds a master’s degree in elementary administration from William Woods University in Fulton (May 2014).

He started his career as an art teacher, first in Sweet Springs (2006-07) and then in Marshall (2007-08). He came to the Sedalia 200 district as a teacher at SMS in 2009. He served as the school’s library media specialist from 2015-2019 before being named interim principal after the passing of Principal Brendan Eisenmenger in November.

Superintendent Steve Triplett said, “Mr. Fry did an excellent job carrying forth Mr. Eisenmenger’s vision at SMS. In his new role, he will have an opportunity to be part of a strong leadership team and to work with students he became familiar with at the middle school.”

Fry is looking forward to working with new SCJH Principal Stacy Curry and fellow Assistant Principal Ashleigh Noland.

“I'm also looking forward to having students for more than just a year,” he said. “I also look forward to being an instructional leader, helping support my teachers when it comes to best educational practices and supporting them when it comes to a student’s social-emotional development, as well.”

Fry’s experience leading SMS provided him with important insights.

“The past year was rough with the passing of Mr. Eisenmenger. I was placed in a position where I had to maintain the shared vision of Mr. Eisenmenger and myself as well as support my teachers and students both academically and emotionally,” Fry said. “My experience as a building principal at SMS has better helped me understand systems and the importance of procedures and routines in all aspects of a school.”