The Hickman Mills C-1 School Board of Education has selected who they would like as their next superintendent. With an unanimous vote of 6-0, the board will enter into negotiations with Yolanda Cargile, Ed.D., this week. Cargile currently serves as HMC-1’s associate superintendent of student services.
“It is Dr. Cargile’s extensive knowledge, experience, and leadership that makes her the ideal selection for our next superintendent of HMC-1,” said Board President Darrell Curls, speaking on behalf of the Board. “She has been part of all recent initiatives. I am confident she will continue to move our district goals forward and improve student performance, while providing leadership and guidance throughout the district and community. To top it off, she is a Ruskin graduate!”
Cargile will succeed current superintendent, Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter. Carpenter is leaving the district at the end of June to serve as superintendent in the Lee’s Summit school district effective next school term.
“I am extremely excited for the district, the Board, and Dr. Cargile,” Carpenter said. “Having worked with Dr. Cargile for the past two years, I find her to be an extraordinarily talented leader with all the attributes necessary to lead a school district at the highest level. She is a student-centered leader who has both the technical and adaptive skills necessary to advance achievement. I look forward to working closely with her to ensure a smooth transition for the district’s students, faculty, staff, and greater community.”
Cargile’s vast work experience makes her the perfect fit for her new position at HMC-1. Cargile joined the district in 2015 as the executive director of student services and was recently promoted to associate superintendent. Prior to her tenure in HMC-1, she served five years as director of student services in the Wisconsin School District of Janesville. While in Wisconsin, Cargile also served on the superintendent’s cabinet, oversaw student services programs and staff for 10,400 students, and provided leadership in the development, maintenance, and evaluation of student services, as well as alternate programs. Throughout her career, inclusive of HMC-1, Cargile has implemented programs to reduce expulsions and addressed the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students. Cargile has also led district-wide professional development in the areas of racial equity, bullying prevention, and pupil non-discrimination. She has also led crisis management teams to maintain a safe learning environment. Cargile’ s credentials include a Doctoral of Education degree in Educational Leadership from National-Louis Wheeling; Masters of Arts degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University; Masters of Arts degree in Administration Leadership from Alverno College; and earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Central Missouri State University.
Cargile stated, “I feel a great sense of pride as it is truly an honor to be selected as the next superintendent of Hickman Mills C-1 School District. As I embark on this new journey, I am guided by a firm belief that ‘It starts with me’ and ‘Failure is not an option!’” I look forward to working with the Board, administration, staff, parents, students, and community to continue to build on our strong foundation for the future of the district.”