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Jasper County Commission Appoints Three School Board Members

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CARTHAGE, MISSOURI -

 The Jasper County Commission today nominated, appointed and swore in three new members to the Joplin School Board.  The new appointees are Ron Gatz, a former school board member, Sally Beard, a former MSSU athletic director, and Gary Nodler, a former state senator who served on education committees. 

Commissioners say they discussed possible candidates for  several weeks and then in earnest after a meeting Tuesday at which they were given a directive by the county attorney to fill the vacant seats on the school board.  Commissioner Darieus Adams said he made the phone calls asking the individuals to serve.

All three appointees say they were requested to serve and had not initially volunteered. 

Both Nodler and Beard say they believe it would be best for elected board members to select a permanent superintendent and will suggest that decision be deferred until the April election. They believe their most important duty is to help appoint an interim superintendent. 

More on tonight's news with comments from the appointed board members. 

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