July 6, 2006

School Board Approves Three-Percent Raise For All SCR-I District Employees

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, June 26 with all seven members present. President, George Koontz, called the meeting to order. The board considered two items under the consent agenda, one item under old business and six items under new business.

Consent Agenda

The consent agenda included approval of the minutes from the June 8th, 2006 meeting and approval of the MSBA updates as prepared by MSBA. The board voted 7-0 to approve the consent agenda.

District Compensation

The teachers salary committee prepared a proposal for employee compensation for the next fiscal year. Following a review of all information available and a report from the boards salary committee, the board voted 7-0 to increase the total compensation for all employee salaries by 3% for the next fiscal year.

The new salary schedule helps us make progress toward the salary requirements of Senate Bill 287, stated Superintendent Dave Shalley.

The board also approved a revised extra duty schedule which provides incentives for longevity in the district and an increase in substitute bus driver pay from $15.00 per trip to $25.00 per trip.

Revenue Transfer

Per section 165.011 RSMo, DESE eliminated the .06/.18 revenue transfers and replaced them beginning in the 2001-2002 year with a transfer authority that is the greater of:

1. The prior year GTB (referred to as the GTB Transfer), or

2. Nine percent of the districts Basic Formula Line 1 entitlement calculation of the preceding school year (referred to as the Line 1 Transfer).

The full amount of the transfer may now be made in each fiscal year without the previous requirement that the transfer could not exceed the adjusted capital outlay expenditures if the district was in compliance with the certificated salary requirements in Section 165.016, RSMo in the preceding year. Shalley noted this basically means that the fund balance may now increase due to the 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.

Section 165.011 also changed the method of calculating the maximum amount that can be expended from the Incidental Fund for Classroom Instructional Capital Outlay.

The amount expended in the Incidental Fund for classroom instruction capital outlay will be subtracted from the greater of the GTB or 9% of the prior years Basic Formula Line 1 entitlement calculation to determine the amount that can be transferred to the Capital Projects Fund. There may be exceptions to this subtraction if a district has an existing lease purchase agreement that is grandfathered in.

The board approved a resolution by a 7-0 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.

Over-Expenditures

It is required by law that the board passes 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.

Lawn Mower Bid

The board voted 7-0 to accept bids for the purchase of a lawn mower for the district grounds. Koontz appointed a committee of Gary Miller, Stacy Westhoff, Scott Brassfield, Dennis Robertson and Shalley to review the mowers and bids. Bids will be due in the Superintendents Office by 12:00 noon on July 12th.

2006-07 Budget

The budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2006-2007 was presented to the board for their approval.

Shalley informed the board that the budget is projecting a deficit of $147,795. 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, Shalley stated. The deficit budget will gradually draw down the district balances to the targeted 17% as encouraged by the legislature.

After a period of appropriate discussion, the board voted 7-0 to approve the new budget as presented.

Bus Bid Options

District Transportation Director Dennis Robertson asked that the district advertise for bids for a new bus for the 2006-07 fiscal year. This is usually done in the spring of the year.

We have been informed of a coming price increase and new emissions requirements that could drive the price of the buses up by as much as $6,000, Shalley stated. It is our hope that by bidding this now we can avoid the increase.

The board voted 7-0 to advertise for bids for a new bus. Koontz appointed a committee of Dave Kirkpatrick, Doug Shalley, Paul Campbell, Robertson and Dave Shalley to review bids.

Depository Agreement

The board voted 7-0 to extend the agreement with the Bank of Kirksville for the districts depository services for one additional year. The extension includes an increase in interest from 3.12 percent to 4.12 percent.

Executive Session

In Executive Session the board voted 7-0 to approve the minutes of the June 8th board meeting and to offer the part-time cook position to Jenny Aldridge.

Turnovers Topple SCR-I in 27-0 Loss at Marceline in Football Opener

Gage Dodge uses a stiffarm to get around the Marceline tackler en route to a big gain.

Gage Dodge uses a stiffarm to get around the Marceline tackler en route to a big gain.

Injuries and turnovers. Not the way Scotland County wanted to start the 2016 football season, especially opening at Marceline, which was coming off a Final Four appearance last season.

Four Scotland County turnovers and a rib injury to quarterback Aaron Buford early in the second period was too much to overcome as the Tigers dropped the season opener 27-0.

Despite a pair of early interceptions, the first of which led to the only score of the first half, SCR-I trailed just 6-0 at halftime. More importantly, SCR-I had the ball inside the 10 yard line twice, but came away without any points.

Scotland County’s defense set the tone early. Aaron Blessing stuffed Marceline’s first running play before Buford came up from his free safety position to drop Rylan Chrisman in the backfield for a five-yard loss that led to a three and out series for Marceline.

 

Aaron Blessing (55) upends Marceline's Brady Stallo (33) in the backfield on the first play of the game to set the defensive tone.

Aaron Blessing (55) upends Marceline’s Brady Stallo (33) in the backfield on the first play of the game to set the defensive tone.

After the punt, SCR-I moved the chains with the debut first down of the season coming in memorable fashion as tight end Will Fromm made a circus catch. The sophomore went high with one hand to tip the ball to himself. The ball actually went behind his back as he was sandwiched between a trio of Marceline tacklers. He spun away from the group, ripping the still loose ball out of the scrum. Now seated on his rear end, he extended fully to his toe tips to snag the ball out of mid air and record the reception.

Unfortunately the momentum was short lived as a long run by Buford was nullified by a holding penalty. Just three plays later linebacker Brady Stallo made an acrobatic catch of his own, snagging a pass attempt to Fromm out of the air at the 20 yard line and then running over a couple of tacklers on the way to a pick-six.

The interception came at the 7:00 minute mark of the first quarter. The point after kick was no good, leaving Marceline on top 6-0.

Marceline came up with its second interception of the first period when Dylan Wheeler took advantage of a pair  of SCR-I receivers colliding to snag the uncontested pass at midfield for the turnover.

The SCR-I defense again was up to the task, forcing another three and out after a big tackle by Blessing and a nice play by Buford on third down to break up a pass.

Aaron Buford and Mason Kliethermes swarm Marceline's Dylan Wheeler in the backfield for a big loss.

Aaron Buford and Mason Kliethermes swarm Marceline’s Dylan Wheeler in the backfield for a big loss.

Despite starting at the nine yard line, SCR-I quickly crossed midfield with a first down run by Buford followed by a direct snap to Ryan Slaughter out of the Wildcat formation with the senior taking it 18 yards behind a nice block from Gage Dodge.

Buford broke  a nice run on fourth and three to keep the drive alive. But an intentional grounding penalty backed the Tigers up all the way to the 40 yard line. SCR-I got a big chunk of that back on a completion from Buford to Fromm before the senior signal caller again came up big on fourth down, breaking a 25-yard run that put the ball first and goal at the five. The play proved costly as Buford was helped off the field with a rib injury.

Marceline turned back three short run attempts before Buford tried to return. The gutsy attempt turned bad as he was unable to make the pitch to Slaughter and Marceline recovered the loose ball at the 13 yard line.

SCR-I got the ball right back when Mason Kliethermes forced a Marceline fumble on the next play and his brother Riley pounced on the loose ball at the 18 yard line.

Fromm took over for Buford at quarterback and connected with Ian See on a seven yard pass play. But Marceline got the yards back with a sack of Fromm. Slaughter took the next snap and hit Fromm for an eight yard completion, but SCR-I was stopped a yard short on fourth down.

Marceline quickly moved into scoring position on a 31-yard run by Chrisman. Marceline found the end zone on a 35-yard screen pass to Levi Terrell but the play was called back for an illegal block.

That proved key as SCR-I again made a big defensive stop behind plays from Blessing, Steven Terrill and Grant McRobert.

Defensive end Cameron Stone works to put pressure on Marceline quarterback Andrew Edgar.

Defensive end Cameron Stone works to put pressure on Marceline quarterback Andrew Edgar.

The Tigers kept changing up looks on offense, as Dodge took the first several snaps of the next possession, moving the chains with a run as well as an option play to Slaughter. The later nearly broke a reverse for a touchdown, but the big play was called back on a penalty and SCR-I was forced to punt as the first half came to a close.

SCR-I went three and out to start the third period. Marceline on the other hand just needed three plays to add to its lead as on third down, Andrew Edgar hit Wheeler with a short screen pass that turned into a 59-yard score. McRobert stuffed the two-point try to keep the deficit at 12-0 with 8:36 left in the third period.

The home team got the ball right back on the third turnover of the contest for SCR-I when the Tigers muffed a squib kick off.

The SCR-I defense held as the two teams traded punts on the next three possessions.

After Fromm connected on a 18-yard pass play to Brett Monroe the SCR-I drive stalled near midfield. SCR-I went for it on fourth and long and was turned away.

Marceline capitalized on the short field, as Edgar hit Wheeler for a 42-yard TD pass on the very first play. While it goes in the book as a three-yard gain, the Marceline quarterback then ran at least 40 yards, changing direction a number of times, and eluding the entire SCR-I defense after a bad snap to convert the two-point conversion that seemed to take the last of the wind out of SCR-I’s sails.

If that play didn’t, the second consecutive kickoff muff by the SCR-I special teams, gave Marceline the ball right back on another onside kick.

The two teams traded defensive stands before Marceline finally tacked on a touchdown run by Chrisman in the final minute to make the score 27-0.

The offensive stats were fairly even, with Scotland County actually holding the slight advantage with 10 first downs to just eight for Marceline, which only outgained the Tigers 268 to 218.

Buford completed six of 10 passes for 49 yards in the opening quarter. He also ran for 35 yards on five attempts. Fromm caught five passes for 46 yards. He threw for 25 yards on three of seven passing and rushed for 10 yards on six carries. Slaughter finished with 60 yards rushing and caught one pass. Dodge ran the ball seven times for 43 yards and had a pair of receptions.

Edgar completed four of eight passes for 121 yards and two TDs. Chrisman ran the ball 11 times for 106 yards and a TD while Wheeler had the two TD catches totaling 101 yards.

Blessing and McRobert each had 10 tackles to lead the SCR-I defense while Cameron Stone contributed eight stops.

SCR-I will travel to Fayette on Friday to take on the Falcons, a 26-6 loser to Carrollton in week one action.

Excelsior Springs Woman Dies From Drug Overdose

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An Excelsior Springs woman has died while visiting Scotland County and medical examiners have ruled the cause of death as a drug overdose.

According to Scotland County Coroner Dr. Jeff Davis, Stephanie L. Howard, age 30, was pronounced deceased at 8:01 p.m. on Sunday, August 21st at a rural Scotland County farm.

An emergency 911 call was received at approximately 6 p.m. of a non-responsive female who had been found in a camper on Route H north of Arbela.

First responders and the Scotland County Ambulance Service responded to the scene and determined Howard was deceased. The coroner’s office was contacted and Dr. Davis made the official pronouncement of death.

Howard’s body was transported to the Boone County Medical Examiner’s office in Columbia where an autopsy was performed on Monday, August 22nd. Preliminary results indicated the cause of death was a drug overdose.

The coroner’s office was assisted by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Scotland County Ambulance service, first responders and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control. The criminal investigation is still ongoing.

 

Antique Fair to Offer ‘Memories of the Past’ August 24th-28th

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by Andrea Brassfield

“Memories of the Past” is the theme for the 2016 Scotland County Antique Fair which is being held August 24th thru August 28th on the Memphis Square and at the Scotland County Fairgrounds and Airport on Sunday, August 28th.

The Fair is offering a multitude of games, activities and entertainment including a display of Small Engine, Antique Toys, Quilts and Antique Tractors, a Baby Show, Antique Fair Tractor Pull, Car Show, Craft Booths and Sales, Street Dances, Kiddies’ Sanction Pedal Tractor Pull, the Country Showdown and Airplane Rides.

The Fair activities begin on Wednesday, August 24th with the Vespers Service at 6:00 p.m., followed by the SCR-1 Tiger Tailgate Party at 6:30 and at 7:30 p.m., the Country Showdown.

On Thursday, August 25th, the square will come to life as stands are set up, window displays will be available to view, food stands and Museums open and entries begin coming in. In the evening the crowning of the Antique Fair King and Queen will take place on the stage at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Baby Show, Crowning of Prince and Princess and the Bingo tent opens.  No Apology from Greentop, MO will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and a $100.00 raffle drawing is schedule at 10:00 p.m.

Food stands and vendors will be available all day Friday, August 26th.  At 5:00 p.m., there will be a Washer Tournament (with limited teams) sponsored by Helena.  Window display results will be announced at 5:30.  At 6:00 p.m. the Bingo tent opens.  Tractor and Small Engine judging takes place at 7:00 and at 7:30 p.m., the Renegades from Oskaloosa, IA will take the stage.  Another $100.00 raffle drawing will be held at 10:00 p.m.

The Fireman’s Breakfast at the Memphis Fire Station will start the day’s activities on Saturday, August 27th.  The 9th annual 5K, 1.5 mile Fun Run/Walk sponsored by the Scotland County Hospital will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the east side of the square. The Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. with all food vendors and stands serving at the conclusion of the parade.  The Kiddies Sanction Pedal Tractor Pull starts will start at 11:30 a.m., also on the east side of the square.

Saturday’s afternoon events include the Car Show starting at 12:30, a Tractor Poker Run at 1:00 p.m. and Tractor Games (prizes by Farm Bureau) and Bingo tent opens at 3:00 p.m.

That evening, The Clarksville Station from Indianola, IA takes the music stage at 7:30 p.m. and the final raffle drawing for two $100.00 winners and the Quilt Raffle will take place at 10:00 p.m.

The final day of the Antique Fair, Sunday, August 28th, will start at the Scotland County Fairgrounds at 10:00 a.m. with the Antique Tractor Pull.  A Fly In Dinner with free will donation to the Pheasant Project will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Memphis Airport.  Airplane rides will be given all day.

Antique Fair Marks Start of Fall Festivals Across Region in September

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by Andrea Brassfield

Fall is in the air and while the Scotland County Antique Fair will wrap up local festivities this weekend, other surrounding communities are working to host area fall festivals close by.

Labor Day weekend is the Nauvoo Grape Festival (September 2-4) and Festival on Wheels Car Show (September 3-4).  One of the oldest festivals in West Central Illinois, the Nauvoo Grape Festival has become a well-known attraction in the tri-state area.  Festivities at this annual event include live entertainment, great food, Nauvoo Pageant, car show, wine tastings, carnival rides, parade, buck skinners rendezvous, mud volleyball, 5K run, arts and crafts, flea market, archery and more.  For more information, visit their website at http://www.nauvoograpefestival.com.

The following weekend, September 9-11 is the Milton Fall Festival in Milton, IA.  This year’s theme is “Remembering 911”.

Organizers are asking for donations for this year’s raffle.  They are planning both a children and adult raffle and donations can consist of money, items, or gift certificates.  They are also looking for sponsors to help with any of the events that go on throughout the festival.

Nothing will be sold; all prizes will be raffled off.  They will also be putting an ad in the Tri-County Shopper to recognize the businesses and individuals who donated or sponsored this year.  Everything is tax deductible.

Events will include a mud bog, fireman’s challenge, parade, horse shoe tournament, raffle, bounce houses, horse pull, kiddie tractor pull, kids’ games, craft show and flea market, medivac helicopter, music and entertainment, ball tournament and a car, truck, tractor and motorcycle show.

For more information, contact Mary Small (319-677-6298), Regina Vanhemert (319-288-1013) or Chris Fields (641-208-7524).  Everyone is welcome to come join in and have some fun!

The same weekend in Missouri, Edina, will be hosting their annual Knox County Corn Festival on the Court House Lawn.

Festivities kick-off Friday evening with the Opening Prayer at 5:20 p.m. followed by a Fish Fry in the 4-H Pavilion at 5:30.  The musical A cappella group, Blend performs from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 10th, the Jerry Gudehus Memorial 5K Run/Walk starts at 8:00 a.m. followed by the parade at 10:00.  Judging for the Car Show will take place at Noon with awards at 2:00 p.m.

A Poker Run starts at 11:00 a.m. and entertainment featuring Paige McClamroch runs from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

The afternoon activities include a Pedal Tractor Pull, Baby Show, and Cornhole Tournament.  Vocalists for the evening include Natalie Clark, Amber Morgret and Tara Schrage.

Sunday morning activities kick-off at 9:00 a.m. with a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, church services from 11:00 a.m. – Noon and the Genesis House Meal at Noon.  A Power Wheels Derby begins at 1:30 p.m. and Grand Prize Drawings will take place at 3:00 p.m.

September 16-18 the fun moves to Kahoka, MO as they are holding their annual Clark County Mule Festival at the Clark County Fairgrounds.  Events for the weekend include a Fish Fry, Mule Polo, Trail Riding, Craft and Flea Market, and the Mule Show.

Proof of negative Coggins Test is required for all mules and horses at the Main Gate and current (30 day) health certificate for out-of-state horses and mules.

For more information, check out their website www.clarkcountymulefestival.com.

Also, on September 17th, Rutledge is hosting their annual Fall Festival.  The parade starts at 10:00 a.m., Kids’ Games at 11:00 followed by a Barbeque lunch and then musical entertainment.

Anyone wishing to be in the Rutledge Fall Festival Parade can contact 660-341-0680 or 660-216-0692.  Bikes, politicians, horses, and antique vehicles are all welcome!

For a complete list of festivals in the tri-state area, visit https://www.everfest.com/.

Discovering Pinta and The Nina

The Pinta and The Nina, replica ships to the original caravel used by Christopher Columbus on his voyage to discover new land in 1492.  The replica ships are docked in Hannibal where they can be toured until their departure on Monday, August 29th.

The Pinta and The Nina, replica ships to the original caravel used by Christopher Columbus on his voyage to discover new land in 1492. The replica ships are docked in Hannibal where they can be toured until their departure on Monday, August 29th.

“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”.  Departing from Spain on August 3, 1492, after receiving financing from the King and Queen of Spain, Columbus commanded three ships, the Pinta, The Nina, and the Santa Maria.

Today, well over 500 years later, the Columbus Foundation, whose purpose is to educate the public on the type of ships that Columbus used to discover a new world, travels from port to port within the United States to display the only traveling replicas in existence.

On average, they travel ten months out of the year, visiting 30 to 40 locations around the U.S.  On Tuesday, August 23rd, at 3:00 p.m., they arrived in Hannibal, MO.  Docking at Center Landing, they will stay there until their departure early Monday morning, August 29th.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard self-guided tour.  Prices are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for senior citizens and $6.00 for students 5-16.  Children four and under are Free.  The ships will be open every day from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and no reservations are necessary.

These ships are floating museums with exhibits on each ship highlighting the history of the Age of Discovery, navigation of the era, how the ships were built and a taste of what life was like over 500 years ago.

The Nina is an exact replica.  She is regarded as the most accurate reproduction ever constructed and was built by hand and without the use of power tools.  The Pinta, built in Brazil, was built 15 feet longer and eight feet wider than the original, so she can accommodate more people, and be used for dockside charters/events.  Historians consider the caravel the Space shuttle of the fifteenth century.

The Santa Maria was a different type of ship, known as a “Nao” and considerably larger than the Caravels, the Nina and Pinta.  The biggest operational difference between the two designs is the draft.  The Santa Maria would require 14 feet of water depth, where the Nina and Pinta only draft seven feet.  A Santa Maria replica would not be able to travel to many places where The Nina and Pinta visit.

For more information about the Columbus Foundation visit their website at http://www.thenina.com.

Foundation Funds New Band Chairs

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The Scotland County School Foundation, through a grant from the Shopko Foundation, has donated $650 to the Scotland County R-I Music program for the purchase of posture chairs for the junior high and senior high band. The purpose of posture chairs is for the band students to maintain the correct position for optimum breathing and instrumental technique.  The Scotland County Association of Music Parents (SCAMP) paid the balance of the chairs.  SCAMP supports the music program through various fundraising activities throughout the year, such as the sale of walking tacos at the Antique Fair, spaghetti suppers at basketball games, and Trivia Night in the spring. The Scotland County School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity.  Donations to the SCSF are tax-deductible for the donor.  If you are interested in learning more about the Scotland County School Foundation, you may contact Ellen Aylward, President at 660-216-9951 or Chris Kempke, Secretary, at the Scotland County Extension Office.

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Fishing Success

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Ken McVeigh formerly from Memphis has been fishing the Great Plains and Midwest Kayaking fishing series side by side since April of this year. These events have been various monthly online competitions that each month was the target of new Species.  April and May found Ken and his son, Sean McVeigh, back home to fish where his roots began as a kid. Ken and Sean put up some mind blowing stats on their trips to Memphis for the April Crappie challenge and then again with the Bass Tails May challenge. These two tournament series allowed the angler to travel anywhere in the Midwestern States to fish. Armed with a unique printed identifier, digital camera and a measuring board, fish were all caught, measured, photographed and released. Ken maintained a top 10 lead of the Midwest series with 7th place in the Crappie Challenge, 3rd place in the Bass Tails, and coming out well in the June multi species (1 catfish, 1 bass and 1 bluegill). He found himself going into the final live bass fishing event held at Lake Wanahoo  with a 2nd place lead overall. A rough day of fishing for all 46 anglers, Ken ended with a 6th place win overall …8 inches short from maintaining his 2nd place lead. He had only a 4 of 5 fish stringer that day. One of those 4 bass only being 7″ long. Only six anglers turned in a 5 of 5 limit.  A great finish to an incredible series.

Downing House Museum Complex News

The Museum Complex has had a very busy summer. We have been fortunate to have some great volunteers who have worked this summer providing tours and updating and cleaning the buildings and displays. Volunteers who have given their time are: June Kice, Gwendolyn Lohmann, AnnaLynn Kirkpatrick, Lynnette Dyer, Melissa Miller, Natalie Miller, Holly Harris, Marie Ebeling, Sandra Ebeling, Janet Hamilton, Elaine Forrester, Diana Koontz, Ruth Ann Carnes, Julie Clapp, Rhonda McBee, and the US Bank employees. We are still gathering aluminum cans to raise funds for the upkeep of our grounds. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to drop those off at the museum and to Elaine Forrester for gathering cans from several local businesses and community friends. Angel Arnold has kindly offered to take the cans with Iowa markings to the recycle center in Bloomfield, Iowa.

A summer thunderstorm brought down some very large tree branches, so the old maple on the front lawn of the Downing House received a much needed trim. Joel Kapfer donated the use of his power lift for Robert Waddell to clean and trim all of the trees in the front lawn. We have also began to refurbish the Rose Garden. It is a work in progress, but we hope to plant new roses in the near future. The local Boy Scout group worked at putting new sand into the brick sidewalk in the garden to maintain it.

The front of the Museum Complex is now illuminated with new outside lighting. Lamp posts and LED lights light the front of the Downing House and the Boyer House. This was made possible by memorial gifts given in memory of Florine Forrester.

The Carriage House is being furnished and is beginning to take shape. We have several tools, blacksmith items, and farm items displayed. New blinds have been hung in the Memphis Depot to help prevent sun damage to items that are found inside on the west side of the historic building.

The Museum Complex will be open on Friday and Saturday during the Scotland County Antique Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We will not be charging admission, but will ask for free will donations from patrons. We will be displaying several antique quilts in the Downing House music room and parlor on the first floor of the museum. The gift shop will be open with our coverlets, rugs, and museum memorabilia available to purchase. We are once again hosting the Lawn Party. Lunch will be served by the Rutledge School Restoration Society. Serving will begin as soon as the parade concludes. The menu includes pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, green beans, salads and desserts. The Heritage Band will be playing on the lawn for entertainment.

If you haven’t been to the museum complex lately, please come by for lunch and tour our wonderful facility, see our new carriage house and view our beautiful quilts. We have some wonderful local history to share.

Birding Season

Birding season is quieting down, although I am still enjoying my baby blues and the busy hummingbirds. Most of my sugar consumption goes to hummingbirds. They are hungry.

If you are planning to set up a nice bird feeding station, now would be a good time to measure it off and kill the grass, plant shrubs and get it mulched before winter.  Pick out the feeders that you want to get placed and get ready for an exciting winter of bird feeding.

It is a well known fact that I live in the area that Tom Horn was born and lived for a time.  As I have written, he left home when he was 13 and never looked back. By the time he had been gone from home for a year,  he was on Beaver Head Creek, in the heart of Indian country and could speak Mexican fairly well.  His feelings were so different and his life was so different from the way it was when he left home that it seemed to Tom that he had been on the stage line all his life.

During some of his travels, he was hired as a scout and interpreter.  He would be drawing $100 a month. He and the guy he worked with even had the occasion to speak to interpret for Geronimo. He also worked helping return Indians to the reservations, helping them get blankets, rations, and other needed items.

Horn’s next job was in 1879 helping furnish beef to the Indians for $150 for one month.  The Indians he was dealing with were the Chiricahua. San Carlos was near the Gila River and so was Camp Thomas where Horn did some of his dealings. At this time of turmoil, was the beginning of the Indian War. He continued to translate and guide officers through this Indian war.  Early on in 1881, the Indians and Mexicans were always in turmoil. Horn was very intelligent and knew how to deal with both Mexicans and Indians. More to come later.

Continue mixing up your sugar water 1/4 c. sugar to one cup water, keep it fresh, and no need to fill the feeder completely up. No need to add red coloring, and no need to boil. I would not recommend using anything but granulated sugar, organic raw sugar will not sweeten the same and will also spoil faster.  Until next time, good bird watching.

SCR-I Board of Education Approves Tax Rate Increase

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After eight years of deficit budgets, the school board increased the tax levy to $3.50,  well below the $3.69 voter-approved ceiling.

The Scotland County R-I School District ended an eight-year pattern of deficit spending and is looking to a bump in next year’s tax levy to help start a new trend.

The SCR-I Board of Education met August 18th and unanimously approved a tax rate increase for the 2016-17 school year. The board set the 2016 levy rate at $3.50, an increase from $3.3928 in 2015.

The hike is expected to generate an additional $110,000 in revenue that Superintendent Ryan Bergeson indicated will be utilized in helping to meet maintenance and facility costs.

“Basically we felt like we were in a position where we really need the added revenue to help us to continue to provide quality educational opportunities for our kids,” said Bergeson.

The revenue increase represents what amounts to a 1.7% budget increase overall for the district, which forecasted expenditures of $6.328 million in 2016-17.

The district has benefited from positive balances, which allowed it to weather nearly a decade of deficit spending.

But faced with growing maintenance needs as well as facility upgrades, Bergeson said the board decided to move forward with the tax rate increase, while choosing to still remain well below the voter approved tax rate ceiling.

More than a decade ago, local voters approved a $3.69 tax rate ceiling, a rate the board of education has never reached, instead offering voluntary rollbacks every year since the ceiling was established.

“I would estimate that these levy rollbacks have saved taxpayers around $2 million over the past several years,” said Bergeson.

The state also plays a role in the levy rate. The Hancock Amendment sets limits on the rates at which tax revenues can increase. For school districts, that specifically correlates with local assessed valuations, meaning if new construction or other upgrades cause significant increases in the total assessed valuation of the tax district, the district’s tax rate ceiling is lowered to try to prevent revenue windfalls that weren’t intended.

In 2016, the adjusted tax rate ceiling for SCR-I is $3.5949, meaning the board took a voluntary reduction of more than nine cents when establishing the current tax rate.

In 2015 the SCR-I tax rate went down to $3.3829 to account for a nearly $9 million increase in the district’s assessed valuation coming through the addition of the former Gorin R-III district. The tax rate in 2014 was $3.43.

The Gorin annexation also brought in some additional revenue in the form of the district’s existing cash balances, which helped SCR-I break the deficit budget trend as well.

“I think we were going to be close without it, but it definitely was a big boost that helped us meet some of our transportation needs,” said Bergeson.

With the Gorin balance transfer, SCR-I closed the 2015-16 fiscal year with $6,802,127.68 in revenue. With expenditures of $6,394,274.93, the district had a surplus year of $407,852.75.

Bergeson noted that a big chuck of that surplus has already been put into play with the recent purchase of three new buses and a fourth used bus.

“With a total of 18 buses in the fleet, we have a constant need for upgrading,” said Bergeson. “This one-time revenue increase from Gorin helped us address that in a significant fashion.”

The superintendent indicated that the district spent nearly $300,000 on the bus upgrades, a point of emphasis for the district, which has replaced 10 of the oldest buses in the past several years.

The remainder of last year’s surplus, combined with the added tax revenue from the levy increase will be used to meet the district’s day-to-day expenses with an eye toward looming upkeep and repairs as well as facility upgrades.

“The heating and air conditioning system at the elementary school is one issue we will likely be looking at,” said Bergeson. “Obviously we also have facility needs, and we’ll be considering all of our options on how to provide more classroom space and on how to house our early childhood programs.”

BOND ISSUE

In other business, the board addressed the August election results. Board President, Trinity Davis, appointed a Facilities Committee to continue working to address facility needs for the school district.  Davis appointed George Koontz, Jamie Triplett, herself, Ryan Bergeson, Erin Tallman, and Kirk Stott to the committee.  The first meeting was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 22.

BLEACHERS

The board voted 6-0 to purchase the bleachers for the softball and baseball fields at a total cost to the district of $5,000.  The total cost of the bleachers was $10,000 and the Scotland County R-1 Booster Club agreed to contribute $5,000 for the upgrade.

BOARD MEETING

The September Board Meeting is set for Thursday, September 8, 2016 in the Elementary Art Room.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

The board approved Tia Hamilton as Junior High Cheerleading Coach and Shelby McAfee as Volunteer Cheer Coach.

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