Roberts Hired As New Bourbon High School Principal

The Crawford County R-1 School District announced last week that Scott Roberts has been hired as the new Bourbon High School prinicipal.

Roberts will replace Dena Smith, who will be taking a superintendent position at Linn High School.

Roberts has a wide range of experiences that will “serve our high school well,” according to a release from the district. 

Before entering the education profession, Roberts was in law enforcement locally and served as a DARE officer. Since entering education, Roberts has been a high school and middle school band director for many years. 

He began his teaching career at Bourbon as a part-time band director for one year before getting a full-time position in the Northwest School District. In addition to classroom teaching, Roberts also worked as a GED instructor at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific for five years. Roberts has been an administrator for the past 15 years. 

He was assistant principal at Houston High School for seven years and assistant principal at Salem High School for three years.  

Roberts was then promoted to Salem Middle School principal where he has served in this leadership role for the past five years. 

Roberts  “is most passionate about high school education, so he is excited to get back to the high school setting,” said the district. 

“From talking to Roberts’  fellow administrators, they comment that he is at nearly all school and sporting events supporting "his" kids (even events where he is not supervising) and he often helps the district out by driving bus routes,” the district said. “He is actively involved in the Salem community as president of the Chamber of Commerce and is a leader at his church.”  

Roberts has family in the Sullivan area and his son is in the process of relocating to this area.  

He is looking forward to moving here to help his son and be near his grandchildren. He plans to look for housing in the Bourbon area and become an active member of the community.  

“It is exciting for the high school to have such an experienced, collaborative person joining their team as they continue the great work that has been in place with Mrs. Smith's leadership,” the district said. “Dena has plans to work with Roberts over the coming months for a smooth transition.” 

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