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New Couch superintendent ready to start

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Couch School District's new superintendent sees providing quality education, at a time financial assistance is declining, as his biggest challenge. While Allen Moss is beginning his first year in the district, he isn't new to the county.

Before accepting the superintendent's position at Couch, Moss was the K-12 principal at the Oregon-Howell R-3 school district in Koshkonong. "This year will make 12 years I have been in education, and my fourth as an administrator," Moss told The South Missourian News.

Prior to becoming an administrator, Moss taught business and computer applications for eight years at the West Plains R-7 school district, and the South Central Career Center. "During my time as a teacher, I also worked as a cross country and Jr. High basketball coach," Moss said.

Moss elaborated on the issue of the financial hardship that education is experiencing. "I think the main goal is to continue to ensure the financial stability of the district, while maintaining a great education for our students. This is a very challenging time for schools across the state in regards to funding," said Moss. Added, however, that working with the financial aspects of the school district is a challenge he is looking forward to.

Moss intends to continue to see students in the district excel. "Couch School has a great history of performance on state assessments and accountability. I want to see that continue even as the state standards change over the next couple of years," said Moss.

Outside of education, Moss enjoys spending time with his wife, Elisha, and their two children, Alessandra, 15 and Jaekan, 10. He is a bit of an outdoorsman, with hobbies that include kayaking, fishing, and hunting.

The new school year will begin with another new face in a top administration. As reported last week, Sherry McMasters is the new Elementary/High School principal. She comes to Couch from South Pemiscott County.

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