August 1, 2002

SCR-I Board Appoints Committee To Consider School Surveillance System

The Board of Education met in regular session on July 26, with six members present. Board member Paul Campbell was absent. The board considered one item under old business, and 13 items under new business.

Old Business:

Report On Sale of School Freezer - Superintendent LeRoy Huff reported to the board on the sale of the old food service freezer at the high school. He informed the board that seven bids had been received and the high bid was in the amount of $1,101.33. Those bidding on the unit and the amounts bid were as follows: Harmony Hills of Unionville, $450; Chester Hosletter of Drakesville, IA, $500; Chariton Valley Beef, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, $611; Kevin Small of Memphis, $765; Lyle Sutts of Lewistown, $930; and Doren Miller of Clarksville, MO, $1,001.00. The freezer was awarded to Roland and Ronald Meyer of St. Louis, who had submitted the high bid.

New Business:

Renew M.A.R.E. Member-ship - The Scotland County R-I Schools has belonged to Missouri Association of Rural Education, (M.A.R.E.) for the past six years. This association was organized to be of assistance to rural schools and the problems faced by rural education. The association provides numerous services to its members. Included among these services are new board member training, workshops, and meetings to help improve rural schools. The board voted unanimously to continue their membership with M.A.R.E.

Surveillance Project - High School Principal Dave Shalley and Special Education Director, Rhonda McBee, have been examining the concept of a security system for the secondary facility. They presented to the board their recommendation along with how the project would be funded. The system will use 15 cameras around the exterior of the premises and in the halls of the high school. Rhonda explained to the board that the school applied for and received a grant to implement the project. Mr. Shalley informed the board that several schools in the area currently use security systems including Clark County R-I and Highland. The board authorized by a six-zero vote the appointment of a committee of Ellen Aylward and David Kirkpatrick to meet with Mr. Shalley, Mrs. McBee and Mr. Huff to accept the best proposal for the project as long as all funding comes from grant monies.

Discuss Lunch Prices For 2002-2003 School Year - Following a study of comparative lunch and breakfast prices among six schools conducted by the District's Food Service Director Terry Arnold, the board voted unanimously to keep all school meal prices the same for fiscal year 2002-2003, as they were this past year. The K-six breakfast will cost 90 cents, seven-12 breakfast 90 cents, and the adult breakfast $1.10. The K-six lunch will cost $1.25, seven-12 lunch $1.30 and adult lunch will be $1.60.

Adopt Electronic Device Policy - Last year the district had asked the Mickes Law Firm to draft for it an electronic device policy for the school to implement. Since school had already started the board postponed acceptance and implementation of the policy written by the Mickes firm until fiscal year 2002-2003. The board voted six-zero to implement the policy as written for the upcoming school year. The policy adopted by the board is as follows:

Electronic Devices - The possession or use of beepers, cell phones, and other means of electronic communication is prohibited in all school facilities and school activities during regular school hours by students. Such use is considered a disruption of the educational environment.

First Offense: Detention/ISS, confiscation of device (returned to parent), contact parents.

Second Offense: ISS/OSS, confiscation of device (returned to parent), contact parents.

Third Offense: OSS, confiscation of device, contact parents.

The use or possession of laser pointers at school or at any school-sponsored activity is prohibited.

First Offense: Detention/ ISS, confiscation.

Second Offense: ISS, confiscation.

Third Offense: OSS, confiscation.

Set Tuition Rates For Fiscal Year 2002-2003 - The board voted six-zero last night to establish the tuition rates for fiscal year 2002-2003. The tuition rate for secondary will be $6,203 and for elementary $4,435. This represents a 1.6% increase in the tuition rate over last year. The 1.6% figure that was used for setting the rate is the (CPI) consumer price index for the year. This figure is provided annually by the state auditor's office and reflects the increase in the cost of living over the previous fiscal year.

Set Tax Rate Hearing Date - The board voted six-zero to set the date for the annual tax rate hearing on August 29th at 6:15 p.m. prior to the regular meeting of the Board of Education. An annual hearing must be held before the tax rate for the new fiscal year can be established.

Assign At-Risk And Homeless Coordinator For Fiscal Year 2002-2003 - Annually, DESE requires the district to appoint an At-Risk and a Homeless Coordinator to serve the needs of those students who are in need of special services that these coordinators would provide. Ken Cross is our current Homeless Coordinator and he had agreed to also serve the district as our At-Risk Coordinator. The board voted unanimously to offer both of these positions to Mr. Cross.

Establish Date For Celebration Of Excellence Dinner, New Teacher Dinner/Picnic, And Staff Breakfast - The board voted unanimously to host three events for staff this fall. These events will be as follows: August 19th will be the date for the new employee picnic at 6:00 p.m. at the Memphis Lake; August 20th at 7:30 a.m. in the High School commons is the date the board established for the breakfast for all school employees before school begins on August 21st; and October 22nd was the date the board adopted for the Celebration of Excellence V Dinner to be held in the high school gym at 7:00 p.m.

Discuss Elementary Vesti-bule Project - The board discussed at some length how best to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of student achieve-ment in the lower elementary grades. Everyone was in agreement that we should not have P.E. first thing in the morning. What we should do is to have our children focus on their academics while their minds are fresh each day. This cannot currently happen because of the "bottle neck" caused by the gym doubling as our lunchroom.

To accommodate this problem major work has been done by Mr. Moore, Mr. Shalley and Superintendent Huff to arrange schedules so that staff assignments will align in both buildings since both buildings share staff. For the concept to work successfully a gym curtain needs to be installed in the gym/cafeteria in order for one half of the gym to have P.E. while the other half of the gym is used as a cafeteria for breakfast and lunch. To complete the project the board also studied a proposal to enclose the overhang at the southeast entrance to the elementary gym. This would in effect make this a vestibule much like the west entrance at the high school.

The cost of the gym curtain would be $4,500 and the vestibule enclosure should not exceed $7,100. After deliberate and thoughtful consideration the board voted six - zero to approve the construction of an elementary vestibule and purchase the curtain for the gym.

Accept Procedural Evalua-tion - Each year one of the procedural evaluation reports required is School Safety. Linda Gray the district's safety coordinator, prepared the school's safety program report for the board to consider. Following Linda's written report, the board voted six - zero to accept her recommendation as presented. A second procedural evaluation, prepared by Linda Gray, was the report on School Facilities and Grounds. Again, following an appropriate period of discussion the board voted six - zero to accept Linda's report as presented.

Amend 2002-2003 Budget - Following the receipt of additional revenue from the federal government in Title monies, a Rural Education Enhancement Grant, and expenditures to off-set the additional federal monies the board voted six - zero to amend the budget to accommodate these new monies and expenditures for fiscal year 2002-2003.

Approval Of Annual Secre-tary Of The Board Report (ASBR) - Annually, following the close of business for the fiscal year, the district must report to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education the status of the district's finances and other academic programs for the preceding year. This is called the Annual Secretary of the Board Report (ASBR). Before the document can be officially mailed to DESE the Board of Education, at the July meeting must approve the report so it can be submitted by the August 15th deadline. The board reviewed the report for fiscal year 2001-2002. As we analyze the year financially, the district was able to pay $58,630.00 for a bus, $9,846.00 for a new mower for the custodial department, $6,200.00 for a new curtain for the high school gym, $13,036.25 for a new freezer for the food service department, $14,039 for the elementary overhang and numerous other items that were not a part of the budget for last year. Superintendent Huff explained to the board that it is significant to note that these unbudgeted expenses were paid for out of the fiscal year 2001-2002 budget and the district was still able to end the year with a balanced budget. I expressed my appreciation to the board for their patience in insuring that we continue a policy of financial solvency. I also thanked the board for their support and told them that without the board's cooperation this would not have been possible. The board voted six - zero to accept the ASBR report following an appropriate period of discussion.

Permission To Advertise For Title Instruction Assistant - With the verbal resignation of Angela Westhoff this month, a vacancy has occurred in our instructional aide staff. Angela has resigned to assist her husband, Scott manage Rose Hardware Store. The board voted six - zero to advertise for an instructional assistant to begin work on August 21st. Persons desiring to apply for the position must have a minimum of 60 college hours of credit.

Executive Session - In Executive Session, the only issue the board considered was a review of personnel issues.

Redmon Report

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by Fourth district Missouri State Representative Craig Redmon

Greetings from the Capitol,

 We have nearly reached the end of session and are working harder than ever to sure up the loose ends this session. Below I have an update on progress I have made with my own bills, but first I want to mention some progress made on one of my colleague’s bills.

Representative Bernskoetter’s HB 2057 (Concealed Carry Permit) was Third Read and Passed on the House Floor this Monday. It has now been First and Second Read in the Senate and was referred to the Senate Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety.

This bill will strengthen our 2nd amendment right. In particular it limits the total dollar amount a person can be charged through any number of fees required to purchase a concealed carry permit to $100. No additional fee can be charged for finger printing, background checks, or anything else besides the permit itself. It also expands the right to use deadly force on private property. It specifies that guests on a private property, with the authority of the property owner can use deadly force in specified instances. I think this bill will help expand the peoples access to the 2nd amendment and I am in strong support of these changes to our laws.

(For more info http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB2057&year=2016&code=R)

 Update on my bills

 HB 1448- Changes the laws regarding sales and use tax exemptions for utilities used or consumed in the preparation of food. This Monday HB 1448 was taken up on the House Floor for Third Reading. It was passed 108 Ayes to 44 Noes. It was then reported to the Senate and First Read. On Thursday the Senate Second Read and Referred HB 1448 to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. A Public Hearing has now been scheduled for this Tuesday, the 3rd, at 12:00 in Senate Hearing Room 1.

To learn more about my bills go to my Bills Sponsored Page at http://house.mo.gov/billreport.aspx?select=xSponsorDistrict:004&sortoptions=xsponsor&year=2016&code=R. There you can find the bill summaries, full text, reports from hearings and past actions and amendments.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to me by email at Craig.Redmon@house.mo.gov or phone by calling 573-751-3644.

Have a great weekend,

Craig

Candidates Sought for 2016 Scotland County Fair Queen Contest

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The Scotland County Fair Board is now seeking candidates for the 2016 Scotland County Fair Queen contest.

Young women from Scotland, Knox, and Schuyler counties between the ages of 17 and 24 are eligible to enter. The coronation will be held on July 11th at the Scotland County Fairgrounds at Memphis and the winner will be able to represent Scotland County at the 2016 Missouri State Fair.

Several events are being planned for the candidates which includes a trip to the Miss Missouri pageant in Mexico, MO.  A meeting will be held on June 1 at the Scotland County Fairgrounds for anyone interested in being a candidate.

For more information, please call 660-341-8558.

Brandon Alexander Honored in Missouri Times 30 Under 30 Feature

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A Scotland County graduate’s work in the Missouri political arena recently was recognized by one of the industry’s leading publications.

The Missouri Times named Brandon Alexander as part of the 2016 30 Under 30 feature, which recognizes 30 rising young stars in Missouri politics.

Alexander, who graduated from Northwest Missouri State University following his days at SCR-I, went on to complete an internship in the Missouri Senate before working for Representative Tony Dugger. Last year he took the position of digital campaign manager with Victory Enterprises, a comprehensive political and corporate consulting and communications firm based in Davenport, IA, with satellite offices in St. Louis, MO, and Springfield, IL.

The Missouri Times listed Alexander as one of the state’s up-and-coming political movers stating

“Alexander previously worked in the House, meeting and impressing the large Republican caucus. Now he puts those relationships and knowledge to use managing digital campaigns alongside Joe Lakin with Victory Enterprises. Next time you see a dramatic improvement in a Republican’s social media presence, chances are Alexander just picked up a new client.”

Juror Appreciation Week Thanks More Than 69,000 Missourians Who Reported for Jury Duty

Judges, lawyers and court clerks thank the 69,098 Missourians who reported for jury duty in state courts in 2016 as part of Missouri’s Juror Appreciation Week held May 1 through May 7, 2016. During the week, court staff and legal professionals will emphasize to jurors how important their contributions are to the courts, their communities and our legal system.

Missouri Bar President Erik Bergmanis said it is important to remember the right to trial by a jury is one of the fundamental guarantees included in the Bill of Rights.

“We thank the more than 69,000 Missourians who reported to jury duty last year,” Bergmanis said. “We understand jury duty can be inconvenient, but the right to a jury trial is fundamental to our liberty and democracy. That’s why we commend the thousands of Missouri citizens who reported to serve on a jury.”

More than 50 courthouses throughout the state will observe the week in different ways. Many will display a Missouri Bar poster that thanks jurors for doing their part. Judges also may take additional time to thank jurors and to acknowledge the significance of their service.

This year’s poster features the phrase “the jury is the heart of the American justice system,” echoing words from Founding Father and second president of the United States, John Adams, who in 1774 stated “representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty.”

Missouri is one of only a few states that hold a statewide Juror Appreciation Week. The observance began in 2000 by an order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, which states, “Each year thousands of Missourians perform one of the most significant civic duties granted to citizens — they serve as fair and impartial jurors in communities throughout the state. To honor those citizens who have performed their civic duty, all Missouri courts are directed to observe Juror Appreciation Week…”

Visit the event webpage to learn more about Juror Appreciation Week, watch a video on the importance of jurors, or take a quiz to test your knowledge on jury service.

The Missouri Bar is a statewide organization that is dedicated to improving the legal profession, the law and the administration of justice for all Missourians. Created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, it serves all 30,000 of Missouri’s practicing lawyers. The Missouri Bar provides a wide range of services and resources to its members, as well as the media, educators and the citizens of Missouri. To learn more about The Missouri Bar, visit www.mobar.org and www.MissouriLawyersHelp.org.

Bible Grove Bar B Saddle Club Meets

The Bar B Saddle Club had their monthly meeting on April 27 at the club building. They will be holding a poker ride for horses and ATV’s this Saturday, May 7th starting at the club house with sign up starting at noon and the ride starting at 1:00 p.m. Entry fee is $5.00 per hand with a carry-in wiener roast following. All are welcome to attend!

Final preparations were made for the poker ride and wiener roast at the meeting. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the club house. Come on out to their event and support the newly formed saddle club.

Music Department Hosting Used Instrument Drive

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That trumpet in the attic was made to make music. The guitar case in the garage is collecting dust instead of being played by the next great musician.

If you have any good used, or easily repairable musical instruments would you consider putting them back to work? The Scotland County R-I Band is hosting a used instrument drive to find more pieces to put in the hands of youth wanting to learn how to make music.

“This is an excellent way for donors to ensure that their unused instruments find a new home in the hands of promising young students who are unable to afford or obtain a suitable instrument of their own,” said SCR-I band booster Ellen Aylward. Of course, cash donations will also be accepted to help offset the costs of repairs and refitting these instruments for future use.”

A starter trumpet can cost several hundred dollars, with violins, guitars and drum sets being even more expensive.

Donors to the SCR-I instrument drive will receive a receipt for fair market value for the music item, making the donation tax deductible.

For more information contact SCR-I music director Nathaniel Orr at 660-216-5426 or the SCR-I High School at 465-8907.

Sheriff’s Office to Join Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown

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The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign is joining the National Crackdown in an effort to reduce drunk driving fatalities.  The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign will target substance-impaired drivers.

Local and state law enforcement will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ substance-impaired driving crackdown.  The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Scotland County, will run from May 5-16, 2016.

The effective nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown will also include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance-impaired driving during the enforcement period.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or other illegal drugs. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

“Every year, about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief Deputy Bryan Whitney. “In 2015, 178 people were killed and 605 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.” That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driver involved fatality every two days.

Whitney added the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is particularly dangerous. During the Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign May 1-12, 2015, four people were killed and eighteen seriously injured involving at least one substance-impaired driver that was under 21 years of age.

Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Scotland County’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday,” said Whitney.

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses,” Whitney said.

He also noted that being arrested for driving under the influence of any substance brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Substance—impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of their job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

“Driving while impaired is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” said Whitney.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, May 5 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, May 6 – Muffin for Mom, Muffins, Choice of Cereal, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Monday, May 9 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 10 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 11 – Breakfast Pizza, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk.

Thursday, May 12 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, May 5 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Buttered Corn, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, May 6 – Sack Lunch

Monday, May 9 – Hot Dog/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Scalloped Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, May 10 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Tenderloin/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, May 11 – Chicken and Noodles, Sliced Ham, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, May 12 – Corn Dog, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Help Us Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Superintendent’s Corner

by SCR-I Superintendent Ryan Bergeson

On teacher appreciation week, we would like to take time to thank the teachers and faculty members at the Scotland County R-1 School District for their dedication and commitment to our students.  To quote the great Todd Whitaker “it is people and not programs that make the biggest difference.”  Great teachers make great public schools and the Scotland County R-1 School District is fortunate to have so many great teachers. faculty and coaches leading our youth.   Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 this week at the Scotland County R-1 School District and we encourage you to thank a teacher this week that has made a positive impact on your life.

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
John F. Kennedy

ANNA GENEVA PARRISH (10/5/1928 – 5/1/2016)

Anna Geneva Parrish, age 87, of Montevallo, MO, passed away May 1, 2016 at Cedar County Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was born October 5, 1928, to Arthur and Eunice Egbert in Gorin, MO. She attended and graduated from Gorin School in 1947. Anna was a member of Gorin Methodist Church since her childhood.

After graduation she worked at National Fidelity Life Insurance in Kansas City, MO where she met many life-long friends, including her future sister-in-law, Madelene Parrish, who introduced her to her husband, Cap.

They married November 18, 1961 in Kansas City, MO. At that time Anna began her life-long career of being a homemaker and farm wife. She enjoyed raising chickens, working in the garden and attending to her flowers. After the tornado in 2006, Anna and Cap still remained on the farm in their new home.

On July 10, 1963, her son, Jeff, was born. The biggest joy of her life came in September 9, 2002 when her grandson Cameron Albert Parrish (Little Cap) was born. She enjoyed helping Cameron with all of his activities and getting his chickens ready for the fair. Even after Cap’s death, she enjoyed going with her son Jeff and grandson, Cameron to toy tractor shows.

Anna was a very loving and caring person. She enjoyed special occasions at Chicken Annies which was her favorite place to eat. She was looking forward to going there on Mother’s Day.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Cap Parrish; her parents, Arthur and Eunice Egbert; one son, Larry; one brother, Arthur Parrish; nephews, Kevin Parrish and Gray Calvin, her in-laws, Grace and Albert Parrish.

Anna is survived by one son, Jeff Parrish of Montevallo, MO; grandchildren, Cameron and Kelsey; two sisters-in-law, Madelene Parrish and Virginia Egbert; and a niece, Kim Calvin.

Funeral services are being held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs, MO.  Interment will be in the Virgil City Cemetery, Virgil City, MO.

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