July 7, 2005

School Board Approves Deficit Budget For 2005-06 Fiscal Year

Lack of state funding is being blamed for a budget that is projecting a $332,937 deficit for the upcoming school year. The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, June 30, 2005 with six members present (member Scott Brassfield was absent). The president, Ellen Aylward, called the meeting to order with an agenda that featured one item under old business and 11 items under new business.

Old Business

Curbing Update

Superintendent Dave Shalley gave the board an update on the districts curb and gutter project in the Mi-Lor addition. Mikes Construction from Hannibal has been awarded the bid with work scheduled to begin July 5th and lasting approximately 50 days weather permitting.

New Business

2005-2006 Budget

The budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2005-2006 was presented to the Board for their approval. The Board was told that the budget is projecting a deficit of $332,937. This anticipated deficit will be partially accounted for through the districts balances, which will be used to support the shortfall between projected revenues and expenses. When the budget was being developed a review of past budgets and projections from local staff and DESE official projections were utilized to draft the document.

It appears that due to the lack of appropriate financial support from state government there will be future deficit budgets until the economy improves, said Superintendent Shalley.

After a period of appropriate discussion, the Board voted 6-0 to approve the new budget as presented.

Milk and Bread Bids

The Board received two milk bids and one bread bid to consider for the upcoming fiscal year. Companies submitting milk bids were Anderson Erickson and Prairie Farms Dairy. The company submitting a bread bid was Wonder/Hostess. Following a review of the bids received, the Board voted 6-0 to award the milk bid for next year to Prairie Farms and the bread bid to Wonder/ Hostess. Both of these companies were used during the previous school year.

Wellness Policy

When congress re-authorized the National School Lunch program as part of the larger Child Nutrition Act, it included a new policy initiative intended to create a healthier atmosphere in the nations schools.

Beginning July 1, 2006 school districts participating in the school lunch program will be required to establish local school wellness policies. As a result of this legislation the district was required to establish a wellness committee to develop a policy for the district. The policies must include goals for nutrition education, physical activity and school based activities that promote student wellness and include nutrition guidelines established by the school district for all foods on campus throughout the day with an overall objective of promoting health and reducing obesity.

Organizers suggested the involvement of students, parents, board members, administrators, and the public in the development of the policy.

The Board voted 6-0 to establish a committee to develop a policy to meet the guidelines provided by The Child nutrition Act.

Lightning Policy

Many area schools have adopted a policy concerning the procedures to handle lightning during school events and practices. This policy gives the district guidelines on how to react and how long to wait until participants can safely return to the activity.

The policy will read as follows:

When lightning is present between the 3-8 mile range on the lightning detectors, practice/game/ activity will be suspended at that time and participants must be removed from the practice/game/activity area immediately. In order to resume practice/game/activity, there must be a 30-minute waiting period from the last time the meter read 3-8 mile range. This policy will govern all school activities or events held locally.

Surplus Auction

The board discussed the ongoing storage problem, finding just two options - build more storage space or dispose of surplus items. The district in the past has held auctions to eliminate surplus property. The last sale the district had of surplus items was in 2001.

The Board voted 6-0 to have a surplus auction. The date will be arranged with an auction company to be held prior to the start of school. According to board policy, the items must be declared surplus by the administration.

Roof Repair

Leaks in the roof at the high school have forced the administration to begin exploring options to repair the structure. The Board established a committee of George Koontz, David Kirkpatrick, Doug Shalley and Superintendent Shalley to review the options for repairing the roof.

Revenue Transfer

The Board approved a resolution at the Thursday meeting by a 6-0 vote to transfer $200,000 from the incidental fund to the capital projects fund for specified future projects, which will be designed to maintain and improve the physical and educational operations of the school.

This transfer was within the parameters of the amount DESE had determined available for the district to use as a transfer.

The full transfer may be made to build a balance in the Capital Projects Fund only if approved by a resolution of the school board, which identifies the specific capital projects to be funded by the transferred funds and an estimated expenditure date.

Over Expenditure

It is required by law that the Board pass a resolution which states that the budget for expenditures for a fiscal year be amended to match actual expenditures in each over spent line for the year.

The Board voted unanimously to adopt the over expenditure resolution.

Budget Reduction

The Board has explored areas of concern for budget reduction for the previous 3 years. Many areas have been reduced. Due to declining enrollment over the years it was necessary to eliminate one bus route. The Board voted 6-0 to eliminate one bus route.

New Employee Picnic

Annually the Board holds a picnic for the new employees. This years picnic date has been set for August 16th. The time for this event will be 6:30 with it being at the Scotland County Rec-Plex if reservations can be made there.

MSBA Updates

The Board voted 6-0 to approve the recent MSBA updates as presented by MSBA. One policy and one procedure presented by MSBA were not adopted at this time in order for the district to take appropriate actions to implement each. These actions are establishing timelines and allow discussion with the districts parents. Along with these updates the Board voted to amend policy GCBA-R, Professional Staff Salary Schedules, item number 5 which will allow a teacher to move horizontally to match their educational hours and degree. Item five should read: teacher may only advance 1 step vertically per year and as many columns horizontally to match their education degrees and/or hours. An official transcript must be received prior to October 1, of the current academic year. No one will be allowed to advance below the freeze line.

Late Tigers’ Rally Comes Up Short in 26-20 Loss at Westran

Kaden Anders runs over the Hornet defender on the kickoff return late in the first half of Friday night’s game at Westran.

In a game that statistically it had no business being in, Scotland County battled down to the wire and gave itself a shot in the final seconds before ultimately falling to Westran 26-20 to end the Tigers’ three game win streak.

The Hornets outgained SCR-I nearly 2 to 1 on offense and also enjoyed a huge disparity in penalties, being flagged just three times for 25 yards compared to 12 penalties against the visitors for well over 100 yards.

Westran looked like it might run away with the contest early on. SCR-I picked up an initial first down after taking the opening kickoff but then was forced to punt. That wasn’t the case for the Hornets, who mounted a nine-play 74-yard scoring drive on the legs of running back Kaden Massey and quarterback Alex Young to take a 7-0 lead with 5:44 left in the first period.

But Will Fromm got the Tigers right back into it, as he broke a 47-yard run on SCR-I’s next play for scrimmage. The junior quarterback added an 11-yard run and then connected with Matthew Woods for another first down. Fromm then hit Brett Monroe for a 14-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 with 1:51 left in the opening period.

After the slow start on defense, SCR-I corralled Young and Massey on the next possession. Dylan Karsch and Grant McRobert combined to tackled the Westran quarterback for a loss. Woods then chased down a scrambling Young on third down and caught him for a loss to force a Hornets’ punt.

Unfortunately SCR-I went three and out on its next possession as well.

Gage Dodge picked off a pass from Young to end the next Westran drive and the senior safety returned it all the way to the 35-yard line. But the 30-yard return was quickly lost as SCR-I lost yards on first down, were flagged for a penalty on the next play, and then suffered a bad snap on third down that left them with fourth down and 33 yards to go, forcing another punt.

Young made sure his team was headed in the right direction. He hit Chris Evans for a first down pass play before breaking through the SCR-I defense for a 42-yard run. But the SCR-I defense stiffened in the red zone. Bryson Orton made a tackle for a loss on second down and Mason Kliethermes and Stephen Terrill chased down Young for a short gain on third down before the SCR-I secondary forced an incompletion on a fourth down try.

After another SCR-I punt, Westran’s offense went airborne. Young hit Evans for a key third down conversion of 18-yards. Then with time running out on the first half he delivered a perfect pass over the outside shoulder of receiver Avery Hammond who made a great catch to beat solid SCR-I defense for a 37-yard gain down to the two yard line. Young ran the ball in two plays later with 27 seconds left in the second period to make the halftime score 14-7.

The game looked like it might be over when the Hornets took the opening kickoff of the second half and found pay dirt just two plays later. Young moved the chains for an 11-yard gain. He then connected on a short pass to Evans who slipped a tackle and went the distance for a 42-yard TD just 36 seconds into the second half. The PAT kick was no good, leaving Westran’s lead at 20-7.

But SCR-I answered with a drive of its own. Fromm hit Monroe for a 13-yard completion and moved the chains with a 10-yard run. But after he appeared to hit Woods with a long pass play, SCR-I went backwards, being flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct by the official who ruled the pass incomplete.

The Tigers overcame the setback as Fromm delivered a perfect strike to Woods on a fly pattern down the sideline, hitting the streaking receiver in stride at the five yard line as he sprinted on into the end zone. But the PAT was blocked, keeping the deficit at 20-13 with 8:05 left in the third quarter.

SCR-I was poised to retake the momentum as the defense backed up Westran and appeared to hold on third down. But another yellow flag stole the success, as SCR-I was flagged for roughing the passer for what appeared to be insignificant contact with the quarterback after the pass attempt was batted into the air by the pass rushers.

What would have been a Westran punt and good field position for the Tigers turned into a  first down for the Hornets and resulted in a 14-play scoring drive for the home team capped off by a three-yard run by Young. The PAT was no good, making the score 26-13 with 3:32 left in the third period.

The two teams traded punts until midway through the fourth quarter when Westran attempted a 40-yard field goal that would have sealed the win. SCR-I came up with a big block and then put together a scoring drive behind pass plays to Woods, Jace Morrow and Monroe. The later hauled in a pass at the 30 and broke a tackle en route to his second TD of the night and the deficit was cut to 26-20 with just over three minutes to play.

The Hornets picked up a key first down to help burn through SCR-I’s timeouts and much of the remainder of the clock before Branton Burrus, Luke Triplett and Orton combined to stop Young on fourth down and give SCR-I one last fleeting chance with less than 30 seconds to play and no timeouts.

Koby Coonce ended those hopes as he picked off a long SCR-I pass attempt to seal the 26-20 win for Westran.

Westran put up 401 yards of offense to 234 for the Tigers. Young did much of the work, rushing 29 times for 170 yards and three scores. He also completed 11 of 20 passes for 172 yards and another TD. Evans grabbed nine receptions for 120 yards and a TD.

Fromm completed 13 of 26 passes for 152 yards and three TDs. Monroe had five catches for 74 yards and two TDs and Woods had three grabs for 59 yards and a score. Fromm rushed for 74 yards on nine attempts.

Jaydan Payne led the SCR-I defense with 12 tackles. Terrill made 11 stops and Dodge finished with 10 tackles.

SCR-I falls to 3-3 with the loss and will head to Knox County on Friday. The Eagles (4-2) were 34-12 winners at Salisbury.

Marceline Rallies to Beat SCR-I In Tourney Opener

Kaylyn Anders busts out of the batter’s box to try to beat out a check-swing roller in front of home plate.

An early lead, and a shot to avenge a key conference loss in the process slipped away from Scotland County on Saturday morning as Marceline rallied from a 2-1 deficit to score seven runs in the final three innings to defeat the Lady Tigers 8-2 in the opening round of the Schuyler County Tournament.

After Marceline took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off starter Kaitlyn McMinn, SCR-I pulled ahead with two runs in the fourth. Ashleigh Creek started the rally with a base hit. She scored on a perfect squeeze bunt by Khloe Hamlin. After a base hit by Kylee Stott, McMinn put down a sacrifice bunt and Hamlin scored from second base.

But Marceline finally broke through in the fifth inning with four base hits. Stott ended the rally with a double play, making a running catch in right field before doubling off the runner at first base.

Marceline tacked on four more tallies in the sixth, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and a pair of SCR-I throwing errors to pen the door for the big inning.

McMinn took the loss, allowing eight runs, four earned on eight hits and a walk while striking out one.

Creek went 2-3 at the plate as SCR-I was held to just four hits on the day.

Lady Tigers Top Schuyler County 6-2 in Tourney Third Place Game

Kylee Stott puts down the bunt during Saturday action at the Schuyler County Tournament.

After three games and more than six hours in the hot sun on Saturday, SCR-I was able to bring home the third place trophy from the Schuyler County Tourney with a 6-2 win over the host squad.

Katie Feeney led off the game with a base hit and came in to score on an RBI single by Stevi See.

SCR-I extended the lead to 5-0 in the top of the second. Kylee Stott led off with a single. After sacrifice bunts by Madie Bondurant and Julie Long, Haley Darcy singled home a run. Feeney followed with an RBI single and scored on a double by Anders before Creek made it 5-0 with another base knock.

The Rams threatened a big inning in the bottom of the frame, but the damage was limited to just two runs thanks to two runners being thrown out on the base paths.

SCR-I got one run back in the third when See walked and came in to score on a base hit by Stott.

Creek kept Schuyler at bay the reminder of the day, notching the five inning victory with the time limit. She allowed two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out one.

Feeney and Anders were both 2-3 as SCR-I racked up 10 hits in the win.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, Sept. 28 – Chicken Strips, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Crisps

Friday, September 29 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, French Fries, Lettuce Salad, Applesauce, Cookie

Monday, October 2 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Mixed Vegetables, Cottage Cheese, Peaches

Tuesday, October 3 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Green Beans, Bread, Cake

Wed., October 4 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, October 5 – Meatloaf, Macaroni Salad, Buttered Broccoli, Applesauce, Bread, Glazed Donut


Thursday, Sept. 28 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Regional Home Care blood pressure checks today.

Thursday, Oct. 5 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Ministerial Alliance to Host Annual Coat Drive

The Scotland County Ministerial alliance (SCMA) will be hosting the group’s annual coat drive during the month of October. Starting Monday, October 2nd and concluding Friday, October 20th, the collection sites will be available at the Scotland County R-I Elementary School and the Scotland County Nutrition Center.

Following the collection period, the coats will be available for distribution at the Clothes Closet in Memphis. The Clothes Closet is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for the first Wednesday of the month, when it is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“We would like to thank everyone for their participation,” said Clothes Closet manager Mary Baldwin.

For more information call 660-341-7090.

Memphis Red Hatters Hold September Meeting

The Memphis Red Hatters met September 6th at the Scotland County Senior Citizen Center for their monthly meeting.  Present were Shirley Ruth, Elaine Smith, Nelda Billups, Benjie C. Briggs, Pat Wiggins and guests, Conner and Maria, Helen Clough, and Vera Monroe.

After a delicious fried chicken luncheon, the program consisted of a quilt showing by Nelda of the quilt made and quilted by Zelda Keith.  The group also enjoyed making the acquaintance of baby Maria and an interesting story of the Monarch Butterfly’s migration as told in the Missouri Conservationist magazine.

The next meeting will be October 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the Memphis Pizza Hut.  Nelda Billups will serve as hostess.


Jason and Denise McCoy of Ursa, IL are the parents of a son, Jaxon Allen McCoy, born September 14, 2017 at 9:56 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Jaxon weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and was 21 inches long. Siblings are Bryant, Dalton, Emma, Kyla and Kade. Grandparents are Randy and Debbie Voss or Warsaw, IL, Connie Voss of Arkadelphia, AR, Randy McCoy of Ursa IL, and Teresa McCoy or Wever, IA.


Lance and Allison Campbell are the parents of a son, Rylan Paul Campbell, born September 14, 2017 at 9:56 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Rylan weighed 8 lbs and was 21 inches long. Siblings are Braylon and Emalyn. Grandparents are Paul and Cathy Campbell of Memphis and Roger and Snookie Gosney of Memphis.

Rutledge Renegades

Don “Buck” Tague, Paul and Diane Tague, Mona Tague and daughter, Mikenzie Beckley all went to Branson to a 79th Engineers’ Reunion. They had a good trip. Three from Buck’s company attended. The last soldier to evacuate Hungnam, North Korea by sea Gerald Ferguson, of Kansas City, MO.

Charlene Montgomery left on September 11 on the train from La Plata and went to her daughter, Nancy Blodgett’s, for her birthday (September 13). Nancy and boy friend, Kirby High, took Charlene to Meramac Caverns in Springfield and then on to Branson. Charlene returned home on September 20. She said she had a wonderful time, but “walked herself to death!”

Naomi Kidd-Schwandt and Charlene Montgomery went to Palmyra and then on to St. Louis on OATS Bus.

Sandra Kalman, Edinburg, TX, came and spent some time with her dad, Don Tague, and attended the Tague Reunion.

Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer came back from Washington State where they were visiting family.

They started tearing down the old Community Building on Thursday, September 21. It was down on September 25.

Katrina and Neta went to Kirksville.

Some of those in this week were:  Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Larry and Tamara Tague, Neta Phillips, Charlene Montgomery, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Reva Hustead, Martin Guinn, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Paul Tague, Don Tague, Sandra Kalman, Joe Paul, Faye Walker, Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer.

Carol met Valerie in Keokuk Saturday for lunch. They ate at First Street Grille. Carol confirmed the award for the “Rodeo Burger”. They then visited Harvestville in Donnelson Saturday night. Carol attended Kathy and Bill Kiddoo’s anniversary party.

Faith: The Gigantic Fall From Graspability! 

Ephesians 3:20 is ungraspably graspable!  We are to get it; to understand it.  Yet, its content and context is so magnificent that not only can we not grasp it, we aren’t supposed to.  That’s the point of the verse.  We are to get it that we can’t get it. We can only believe it.

Yes, we are to believe it.  This is a wild train wreck to the minds who only believe God as far as we can throw Him (explain, understand, express Him).  In essence church has become the product of the best, or most respected, thinkers among us.  Yet, leadership must be presented under the mantle of faith – a purely unprovable, unexplainable, unthinkable dimension of which usually bugs the spiritual tar out of us.

The key to faith is to yield into it being graspably ungraspable!  Faith truly is one gigantic fall from graspability.  It is within these unborders that the impossible becomes possible; that the can’t become actually becomes.

The Spirit of Christ reigns over a systemic factuality that will not submit itself to the highest scientific borders nor the strongest mathematical restrictions.  He does this through one quality available to all mankind; faith.  Read the Word.  Story after story after story; what couldn’t possibly happen did.  What held His people in fierce bondage couldn’t.

Church is destined to be platitudinously dull?  Oh….I don’t think so!  Not with a “beyond our imagination” God like ours!

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