Kay McMurtrey, the superintendent of Phelps County R-3 Schools, will retire on July 1.


McMurtrey has been in the district for 21 years serving 12 of those as a combination superintendent/principal.


Kay McMurtrey, the superintendent of Phelps County R-3 Schools, will retire on July 1.

McMurtrey has been in the district for 21 years serving 12 of those as a combination superintendent/principal.

“I would like to take time to see young family members in a Christmas program, soccer competition, and travel,” McMurtrey said.

In the 12 years as superintendent there have been two building-renovation projects completed and the school district has maintained its accreditation by the Missouri School Improvement Program.

McMurtrey won the Missouri K-8 Administrator of the Year in 2008-2009 being recognized by her K-8 peers in educational improvement and a leader of the K-8 Association in office positions and legislative assistant.

“When I came to the district 21 years ago no one could have told me that I would be retiring from the Edgar Springs district,” she said.

“The community has been very supportive to the district and is very interested in seeing their children have the best, such as a new computer system and networked to the outside world, asbestos taken up for their children’s safety, and finally having new heat and air in the gym,” McMurtrey said.

“This community has a very strong network, and it has been great stepping up to help the district and myself at times. I leave with nothing but joy in my heart with the close feeling from my students, teachers, and staff,” she concluded.

McMurtrey’s replacement was hired on Feb. 11 by the Board of Education. Sherry Heavin has accepted the position as superintendent for the 2010-2011 school year and signed a multi-year contract for the position.

Heavin has taught in the Rolla Public Schools for 18 years and lives in the Edgar Springs area. She has stated that she would like to give back to her community as an incoming administrator.

Heavin will begin her position with the Phelps County R-3 School District on July 1.