June 7, 2001

SCR-I School District Hit With 22% Increase In Employee Insurance Costs For 2001-2002

The Scotland County R-I School District will be experiencing an increase of more than 20 percent in the cost of insurance for employees next year and the district may actually be exhaling a sigh of relief.

Superintendent LeRoy Huff informed the board that the NEMO Coop had finally reached an agreement with the group's insurance carrier on a medical insurance plan for the 2001-2002 year for the Coop member schools.

Huff stated the agreement called for a dramatic increase of 22.02 percent in the premium cost for employee benefits. He noted it marked the second consecutive year the district had sustained cost increases for insurance as the service had gone up 16.3 percent the previous year.

However Huff noted that it could have been much worse. "There are many horror stories being told concerning what many schools will be paying next year for medical insurance," Huff told the board. "I feel fortunate our rates were only going up 22.02 percent as many schools were experiencing more than 35 percent increases in insurance rates."

Huff broke down the increase for the board, telling members the increase would mean an additional cost of $576.84 per employee next year.

After discussing the situation the board voted unanimously to accept the insurance program as presented.

Non-Certified Salary Report

Salary committee chairperson Ellen Aylward presented a proposal for the salary structure of non-certified staff at SCR-I. She told the board that committee members had met with representatives of the non-certified staff and worked together to create the report.

Aylward read the report, which recommended a 2.5 percent increase in pay (before insurance and requirement matches) for all non-certified employees. The custodians, secretaries, aides, food director, head cook, cooks, part-time cooks, bus drivers, PAT instructors, nurse, transportation director and secretary to the superintendent all would receive the same percentage increase.

The committee report also suggested allowing all these staff members one step on the salary schedule.

The board further indicated a desire to increase the number of sick days a staff member could take for personal reasons. Under current policy, only one personal day is allowed. The proposal would change that to two days for personal leave.

One final addition to the proposal called for an additional step on the salary schedule for bus drivers.

After discussing the issues, the board voted 7-0 to follow the recommendations of the salary committee and approve the proposal as presented.

Student Accident Insurance

The district was presented a proposal from Lawrence E. Smith and Associates of St. Louis to be the school's carrier for student accident insurance for the 2001-2002 academic year.

The board reviewed the proposal and voted 7-0 to accept the plan that will allow the district to offer the voluntary coverage option to students next year.

The board noted that all students seeking to play school-sponsored sports must have proof of accident insurance coverage before they can participate. If they have no coverage they will have the option of purchasing the policy through Smith and Associates to meet the requirement.

The plan also is available to all other students in the district with four options available in the plan. The school time plan will cost $10 per student. A 24-hour coverage option is available for $38 per student. The varsity football plan will cost $39 with an additional dental option available on all three plans for an additional $3.

Old Business

The two items under old business on the district's agenda involved the sale of surplus equipment.

The board had authorized transportation director Dennis Robertson to advertise for sealed bids on two used school buses. No bids were received on either unit so the board extended the bid period until prior to the June meeting.

Superintendent LeRoy Huff gave the board a report on the district's surplus property auction that was held May 24th. The school cleared more than $400 from the auction after expenses were paid from the $744.50 sale.

Procedural Evaluations

Denice Blaine presented the procedural evaluation on the district's gifted students program. Blaine discussed her first year in the position of gifted instructor and how the program is currently being utilized by students. Currently there are 17 students enrolled in the gifted program in K-12. This group attended the GAM Northeast Gifted Conference in Macon. Blaine stated she plans to apply to have the conference held in Scotland County in the future.

Special Education

Rhonda McBee discussed the district's special education program with the board. The special education assurances report is required by the state for districts to receive special education funds for the year 2001-2002.

Title I

McBee followed that up with her procedural evaluation of the Title I program. She and Julie Clapp discussed plans for the program in the current fiscal year.

Overnight Trips

Two overnight trip requests were approved by the board. State FFA Camp is June 18-22. Twenty SCR-I students have indicated plans to attend. Two students will be attending the More-Net Technical Academy at Reed Springs June 4-7.

NAEIR Membership

Upon recommendation of Superintendent Huff, the board unanimously approved the district's membership renewal in the NAEIR Coop in Galesburg, IL. The membership provides the district five trips to the group's warehouse to retrieve donated items for use by the school and staff members. The board agreed the $575 annual fee was well worth the results seen each year from the membership.

Resignation

The board regretfully accepted the resignation of second grade instructor Joni Lloyd. Huff stated Lloyd had been a valuable employee the past three years and hoped the district might entice her to return in the future. "We hate to lose an instructor with Joni's capabilities but understand the reason for the decision," Huff stated.

Special June Meeting

The board agreed to schedule a June 12 meeting for the purpose of reviewing the existing 2000-2001 budget and to receive a preliminary budget for the 2001-2002 academic year. The current fiscal year ends June 30.

The board also voted to reschedule the regular June meeting from Thursday June 28 to Tuesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Bank Bids

Huff told the board the district's current contract for financial services needed to be renewed for the 2001-2002 fiscal year through the 2003-2004 year.

The school currently is served by the Bank of Kirksville. The board voted to solicit bids for the service to be reviewed at the June 19 meeting.

Strategic Planning Committee

The board appointed a strategic planning committee of Gary Miller, Doug Shalley, Paul Campbell, Fred Clapp and Superintendent Huff to meet and establish a list of community members to take part in the project. The group met May 23 and established the list.

Clapp, chairperson of the committee, told the board 23 citizens had agreed to serve on the committee. Clapp stated Lin Stephenson, Scott Wickert, Gary Dial, Darrell Harvey, Wayne Winn, David Trueblood, Aaron Dannenhauer, Kathy Kiddoo, Barb Blomme, Don Fromm, Chris Feeney, Chris Harris, Barbara Campbell, Ken Cross, Marla O'Donnell, Scott Brassfield, Tom Deberry, Jeff Behrens, Jason Glass, Jenny Stone and Michele Garnett have agreed to serve on the committee.

Transportation Committee

A committee of George Koontz, Paula Neese and David Kirkpatrick was established to review the district's transport-ation costs. The group will review costs as well as future trans-portation needs of the district in the wake of the growing fuel costs in an effort to make the system as cost effective as possible.

Natural Gas Coop

The district had been seeking to form a cooperative of districts for the purpose of purchasing natural gas for the upcoming school year. Huff reported the Missouri School Board Association had formed such a cooperative but recommended the district not participate at this time.

Huff stated due to the current meter charge from the district's provider as well as the fact that the Missouri Public Service Commission has not allowed the MSBA coop to receive a reduced rate, that it was not economically feasible for the district to join the group. He did note that MSBA recommended the district join the coop as soon as the PSC allows the reduced rate.

Executive Session

The board voted unanimously to offer employment to Brook Garbati as a district 7-12 special education instructor and to Lisa Denney as half-time Title I reading instructor and half-time special education instructor. Sue Schneider was offered the opportunity to transfer from her high school Title I instructor to a full time position as a second grade instructor for the 2001-2002 year.

August 1st Blood Drive Asking Donors to ‘Knock it Outta the Park’

The American Red Cross Memphis Blood Drive will take place Tuesday, August 1st at the First Baptist Church in Memphis.  The blood drive is from 12:30-6:00 p.m. and all presenting donors will receive a commemorative St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive T-shirt, while supplies last.

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, drinking extra water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate, avoid caffeinated beverages, and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time. The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.”

Donating blood is easy…simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.'”

Petition Calls for Highway 15 Improvements North of Memphis

A rash of recent traffic accidents on Highway 15 north of town has led a local veterinarian to start a petition drive to drive to get improvements on the road.

Larry Wiggins, DMV, recently started a local petition drive and already has more than 200 signatures on the paperwork that is calling on the Missouri Department of Transportation to address the concerns.

“Too many of my friends have been hurt or killed in accidents on that road,” said Wiggins. “It is time to try to do something about it.”

Doc started the petition last week after hearing other area residents share their frustrations about the road, its current condition and the lack of improvements being made by the state.

“I’ve talked with lots of folks who have called MoDOT or other government officials and felt like they haven’t got anywhere,” he said. “It left us feeling like one person alone really cannot get anything accomplished. That’s what led to this petition drive. Hopefully a whole lot of voices coming together will make sure our concerns are heard.”

Wiggins highlighted the narrow bridges on Highway 15, the general lack of shoulders as well as the declining road surface itself.

“I had a customer in from Iowa last week who had brought her dog down for care,” he said. “Her car was side swiped on that narrow bridge just north of town.”

That is just one of the signatures on the petition. Countless others have followed suit, with a number of serious accidents recently on the road, including one fatality.

“The road edges are in horrible shape, and there is a six to eight inch drop off in most places along the shoulder,” said Wiggins. “When people’s vehicles drop off that, that leads to over correcting when they come back on to the road and we’re seeing lots of accidents because of it.”

Wiggins said he hopes to get at least 1,000 signatures before he and several other concerned citizens plan to travel to the Hannibal regional office of MoDOT to deliver it personally.

“If that doesn’t get their attention, then we’ll head right on down to Jefferson City and deliver it there until we can get something done,” he said.

Anyone interested in signing the petition can stop by the Scotland County Veterinary Clinic in Memphis or catch Dr. Wiggins in person.

Memorial Services Thursday for David Hayes

FAIRFIELD, IOWA – Memorial services for James David Hayes, 53, of Fairfield will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 20th at the Barker Cemetery.   Officiating the service will be Larry Smith, pastor of the Downing Christian Church.

James David Hayes died Sunday, July 16, 2017 at his home in Fairfield.

Memorials are suggested to the family and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

He is the son of David and Bonnie Hayes of Memphis.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s edition.

Condolences may be sent to Mr. Hayes’ family by signing the online guestbook at gerthfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.

State Regent Visits Local DAR Chapters

Susan Fain Bowman, MSSDAR Regent, was honored by her area DAR Chapters during her annual June visit to all Missouri DAR Chapters.

Schuyler County Chapter, MSSDAR, with Clark County Chapter and Jauflione Chapter as co-host, feted Regent Susan Fain Bowman, MSSDAR, with an afternoon social, June 16, 2017.

Following opening ritual, Regent Bowman presented an interesting program featuring the role of Missouri DAR Chapters during WW1.  Regent Bowman had a slide presentation featuring numerous pictures of these activities. An especially interesting item was a picture of a 1916 ambulance purchased by Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution.

Regent Bowman also told the group of her enthusiasm for the WW1 museum in Kansas City.  She urged everyone to visit this WW1 memorial.

All Missouri Chapters are honoring the 100th anniversary of WW1.

Light refreshments were served by Schuyler County DAR, the host Chapter, along with Clark County and Jauflione Chapters. Everyone enjoyed a pleasant social hour.

City of Downing Addresses Property Concerns

The Board of the City of Downing convened at 6:00 p.m. on July 10, 2017 with Mayor Alan Garrett presiding. Present were Aldermen Bill Anderson, Ray Bange, Gene Bruner, and Hannah Poe; City Clerk, Carol Dryden and Water/Waste Water Operator, Larry Smith.

Copies of the agenda, minutes from previous meeting, water/waste water report, deposits & disbursements and account balances were given to those present

Mayor Alan Garrett called the meeting to order.

A motion to approve the agenda was made by Ray Bange and seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the minutes from the presiding meeting was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Gene Bruner and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the bills was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Gene Bruner and carried unanimously.

Visitors: Joe Webker, Schuyler County Sheriff came to talk to us about how we can get someone to patrol our town and help in the issuing of citations for the problems we are having with people not cleaning up their properties.  Ben Gray, Attorney: came to talk to us about how we can legally go about getting the unlivable properties taken care f. He will be doing more research on this and get back to us.

Water/ Waste Water: Nothing to report.

Street Maintenance: We got some more rock delivered, still more to come. Several ditches around town need to be dug out so water can flow better when it rains.

Cemetery: Sold 2 plots to Junior and Millie Elliott. Received $30.00 from Darrell Downing for a memorial for Fred Havens. Received a donation to the cemetery for $100.00 from Arthur Robinson.

Old or Unfinished Business: Carol talked to Cheryl Elliott about the PER report and things are moving forward. Larry has been working on painting the parking lines.

New Business: Nothing to report.

Positive Thoughts: Trying to keep stepping forward toward getting improvements made in the town.

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Gene Bruner and carried unanimously.

Submitted by Carol Dryden, City Clerk

SCMA Back-to-School Fair Set for August 5th

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring the Back-to-School Supply Fair once again this year.  The purpose of the event is to encourage and bless families in Scotland County by providing the necessary school supplies needed by their student/students to have a successful start to the upcoming school year.

Pre-registration for the event is Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is located outside, under the overhang, at the SCR-1 Elementary School entrance.  Parents may pre-register their kids through Thursday, July 27, 2017 by contacting Marie Ebeling or through a local church.

A packing party to organize supplies is scheduled for Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Curtis and Marie Ebeling.

Distribution of the supplies will take place during Ignite Ministries’ Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Memphis Square.

If you are interested in helping with any of the above events, please contact Marie Ebeling at 465-2445 or 660-342-0917.

Meeting Planned to Provide Input into Federal Conservation Programs

A local working group charged with identifying local priority resource concerns and providing input about program criteria to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will meet at 2 p.m. July 27th at The Edina USDA Service Center.

The working group is comprised primarily of representatives of various local, state and federal agencies with knowledge of natural resource concerns. Specifically, the group will help prioritize selection criteria for NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications in Knox, Scotland, Lewis and Clark counties. The meeting is open to the public and will include time for comments from residents of the represented counties. While final decisions will be made by NRCS leadership, local input is requested. Anyone needing accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact Ashley Johnson at the Edina Service Center seven days prior to the meeting.

For more information, contact Ashley Johnson at 660-3972223 or email ashley.johnson@mo.udsa.gov

Burlington Woman Killed in Crash Near Cantril

A Burlington, IA woman was killed and six passengers in her vehicle sustained serious injuries in a one-car crash just east of Cantril, IA on Highway 2 at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14th.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Mindy Raye Johnson, 26, was eastbound on Highway 2 in a 2005 Mercury Mariner when the SUV went off the right side of the roadway onto the gravel shoulder. The driver overcorrected and the vehicle returned to the roadway and traveled off the left side of the roadway, traveling down a steep embankment on the north side of the road where it overturned before coming to rest on its wheels in a cornfield.

Johnson was pronounced deceased at the accident scene.

April I. Maul, 36, of Burlington suffered serious injuries as well as two eight-year-old passengers. They were taken to University Hospital in Iowa City. Another eight-year-old passenger, a five-year-old passenger and a three-year-old passenger were also injured in the wreck and transported to Van Buren County Hospital.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Memphis

A follow-up review after a routine traffic stop in Memphis over the weekend has uncovered a stolen vehicle that authorities believe may also have ties to a local burglary.

According to the Memphis Police Department, a white Honda Civic was stopped near Gas & More on Friday evening, July 14th at 10:30 p.m. The driver of the vehicle, Chanyel T. Crow, III, 27, of Kansas City, formerly of Memphis, was ticketed for no valid driver’s license. During the stop it was determined that Crow was wanted on probation violation warrant, and he was subsequently taken into custody and transported to the Scotland County Jail.

On Sunday, officers returned to the vehicle, which had not been moved from the original stop location in the Gas & More parking lot. Further inspection of the vehicle revealed that the license plates on the car, while for a White Honda Civic, did not match the vehicle VIN number. Further investigation revealed that the car had been stolen out of Kansas City.

A passenger in the vehicle, Sky White, 21, of O’Fallon, is now being sought for questioning in a local theft investigation.

Anyone with knowledge of her whereabouts is asked to contact the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office at 660-465-2106.

Downing House Museum Complex Awarded $2000 US Bank Grant

US Bank representative Bill Kiddoo presents a check for $2,000 from the US Bank Foundation to Downing House Museum volunteers Rhonda McBee and Julie Clapp.

This grant project, “Opening the Doors of the Past to Future Generations” focuses on an effort to provide a greater number of our community’s children aged 12 and under, the opportunity to participate in historical and cultural activities. The ultimate desired outcome is to “Open the doors of the past to our future generations” by providing children with opportunities to actually view the past and apply the information to the current world today. Oftentimes, students read about history, but without actually visiting and participating in activities with historical significance they cannot experience the history of our community and state and apply it to their own lives. We want to bring history to life for our younger generations.

With this in mind, the Downing House Museum Complex in Memphis, Missouri was awarded a US Bank Grant to provide area students (an estimated 200 3rd graders), tours of the Downing House Museum Complex at no charge. Typically, the cost for tours is $5 per person and schools often do not have available funds to provide local field trips. A trip to the museum complex could enhance the study of local Missouri history for area students in counties surrounding Scotland County that are within a 30 mile radius of Memphis, MO. The museum offers Civil War History and the battles fought in Missouri, railroad history, famous Missourians such as Ella Ewing and Tom Horn, historical musical instruments, medical equipment used throughout the early days of Missouri’s statehood, Indian artifacts, blacksmithing history, and many items that were invented and manufactured in Missouri. Additionally this grant will provide 50 tickets to children aged 12 and under (priced at $5 each for a total of $250) at no cost for the “2nd Annual Evening at the Museum, Candlelight Tour of the Past” event on October 13 & 14, 2017. These tickets will be offered on a first come first served basis and children must be accompanied by an adult. The evening event is being planned based on the great success of our first candlelight tour, held in October 2016.

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