March 25, 2010

Proposed Legislation Cutting Summer School Funding Could Impact SCR-Is 2010 Program

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. Despite being just months away from the end of the current school year, the Scotland County R-I School District and other districts across the state remain up in the air regarding summer school plans. The uncertainty according to Scotland County R-I Superintendent Dave Shalley comes courtesy of a recently introduced bill in the Missouri legislature that would eliminate state funding for the program immediately.

This is designed to help reduce the shortfall in the state budget, Shalley stated at the March 16th meeting of the SCR-I School Board. But since the average daily attendance from summer school is added to the state formula payments, this could mean a reduction in the state formula money for Scotland County R-I of over $160,000.

Shalley indicated the outcome of the legislative proposal may not be known until as late as mid May. He noted that this legislation could affect the 2010 summer school.

With current budget withholdings from the state, SCR-I is projecting a deficit budget of $335,902 for the current school year.

We must proceed in the future with great caution, as budget projections look ominous for 2010-11 and even worse for 2011-12, Shalley told the board.

In other business, the board voted 7-0 to eliminate the In-School Suspension/ PE position as a budget reduction item for next school year.

The board went into executive session at 8:55 p.m.

The board voted 7-0 to offer employment to the following non-tenured teachers: Jennifer Beeler, Lori Bish, Lynnette Dyer, Emily Frederick, Dani Fromm, Toni Middleton, Cheyenne Pinson, Danielle Reynolds, Erin Tallman, Cindy Van Hoozen, Ryan Anderson, Ivy Garmon, Kevin Gundy, Dustin Harper, Jaryt Hunziker, Jenna Ketchum, Claire Overton, Kim Small, Matt Reel, Sean Reynolds, Corey Stott, Cassandra Whitlock, Greg Wilson and T.J.Young.

The board voted 6-0 to offer Lance Campbell employment. Paul Campbell stepped out of the room for the vote.

The board voted 6-1 to offer Ivonne Wiegand employment with Stacy Alexander, Bill Cottrell, Campbell, Gary Miller, Dr. Randy Tobler and George Koontz voting yes and Matt McKee voting no.

The board voted 7-0 to non-renew Tom McDaniels contract due to the elimination of the ISS/PE position.

The board voted 7-0 to offer Dana Frederick employment for the elementary art position.

The board voted 7-0 to offer contracts to Lindsay Tippett and Angela Cochran.

The board voted 6-1 to extend the contract of Dave Shalley to June 30, 2013. Alexander, Campbell, Koontz, Miller, McKee and Tobler voted YES; Cottrell voted NO.

The board voted 6-1 to extend the contract of Rhonda McBee to June 30, 2013. Alexander, Campbell, Koontz, Miller, McKee and Tobler voted YES; Cottrell NO.

The board voted to go out of executive session and into open session to adjourn at 2:00 a.m.

In other business during the regular session, the board approved a pair of overnight trip requests for school clubs. The FBLA State Leadership Conference is in Columbia April 18, 19 and 20. The club plans on leaving Monday morning at 8:00 and returning Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Denice Blaine requested an overnight stay for the Gifted Program May 24 in Chicago. The board voted 7-0 to approve both requests.

Surplus Property Bids- Last month several pieces of SCR-I equipment were deemed as surplus property and advertised for bids for sale.

The following bids were accepted on each item: 50 used choir robes- Putnam County High School- $250; Delta Rockwell 10 table saw- Allen Creek- $308; Delta upright variable speed drill press- Jason Emel - $151; Delta 10 radial arm saw- $125 Greg Porter; 2 1/2 ton floor jack - $125 - Joe Humes; 2 squat racks - $50 each - Salisbury High School; 2 weight benches - $90 each - Scotland County Fitness Center; hip flexor machine - $165 - Scotland County Fitness Center; miscellaneous weight equipment - $25 - Jason Emel.

The board voted 6-0-1 to accept the high bids. George Koontz abstained

Bus Bids

At the February board meeting, Transportation Director Carl Trueblood was authorized to advertise for bids for the purchase of a new bus. The district received bids from Central States ($74,340), Midwest Transit ($70,958) and Ponder Equipment ($72,985).

Due to the forecasted financial difficulties, the board instructed me to look into a possible lease option which would reduce our annual obligation and stretch payments over three years Shalley stated.

Board Resolution

The board voted 7-0 to adopt the following resolution: Be it resolved the Scotland County R-1 School Board supports Professional Learning Communities in order to foster teacher effectiveness, thus increasing positive student outcomes.

In February, the board had discussed adopting a resolution supporting the commitment to becoming a PLC (Professional Learning Communities) school. PLC schools demonstrate a commitment to students success in their academic careers.

Senior Dismissal

In the past, we have allowed the senior class to be dismissed from the final three or four days of school following their graduation ceremony, Shalley stated. Due to the large number of days missed this year, (nine) their absence would directly impact our attendance rate, as well as some state aid.

The district administrators requested that the Class of 2010 seniors final day be May 21st. The board voted 7-0 to approve this dismissal date.

Board Workshop

The planned board budget workshop scheduled for April has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date when the needed budget information from the legislature is made available.

Letter Of Resignation

Arlene Dochterman submitted a letter of resignation, effective the end of the academic year. Arlene has worked for the district for 40 years as a bus driver and cook. The board voted 7-0 to accept Arlenes resignation.

New Replacement Trees Planted by Rutledge School Restoration Society

One more entry has been removed from the bucket list of the Rutledge School Restoration Society. Bob Hunolt, Lonnie Triplett, Oren Erickson, and Leon Trueblood recently rounded up their spades, water buckets, and measuring sticks to get two new American Linden trees planted (exactly as instructions for planting read) in the school yard.

These trees, when fully grown, will graciously replace the ever-popular Ash and Maple trees which, until early spring this year, had graced the school lawn for many decades. It was determined by the utility company the trees were a detriment to the electrical lines, so they had to go.

Thanks to Aaron Dannenhauer, the stumps were removed; and the sawdust from this grinding has appropriately mulched the new trees. The nursery-provided information claims the new trees to be well-adapted to Missouri daily weather change… so with hopes for fast growth, there will be shade on the Rutledge School lawn once again!

Three Teens Hurt When Vehicle Crashes Into Bridge

Three area teenagers were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Schuyler County at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th west of Greentop.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Allyssia J. Jackson, 17 of Queen City, was southbound on Ranch Road when she lost control of the 2003 Ford Escape on the gravel and collided with a bridge rail. The vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, collided with a bridge support and overturned.

Jackson suffered moderate injuries in the crash as did a passenger in the vehicle, Paige A. Humphrey, 15, of Queen City. A second passenger in the car, Cobe J. Coop, 18, of Memphis suffered minor injuries.

Jackson and Humphrey were transported by Schuyler County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Coop was taken by private vehicle to the Kirksville hospital.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage in the accident and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Schuyler County Ambulance Service and the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office.

Memphis Man Killed in Crash Near Arbela

A Memphis man was killed and another seriously injured in a two vehicle accident over the weekend in rural Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Harley D. Stone, 24, of Memphis was killed when the 2015 Polaris Can Am all-terrain vehicle he was driving collided with a pickup truck on a hill crest on County Road 456 west of Arbela.

The Stone vehicle was eastbound when it crested the hill and met at the center of the road a westbound 2001 Dodge truck driven by Christopher M. Chabert, 29, of Memphis.

Stone and a passenger in his vehicle, Jacob A. Blessing, 21, of Memphis both were ejected from the ATV. Stone was pronounced deceased at the scene at 4:40 a.m. by Scotland County Coroner Dr. Jeff Davis. Blessing sustained serious injuries in the crash. He was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

Chabert was not injured in the crash, which occurred at 4:00 a.m. on May 20th. Chabert was ticketed for driving while intoxicated.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by Scotland County Fire and Rescue, Scotland County Ambulance and Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

SCR-I Band to Make ‘Long March’ to Washington DC to Take Part in National Memorial Day Parade

As residents of a rural school district, Scotland County R-I students are used to long bus rides. However on Thursday, some three dozen SCR-I musicians will be boarding a bus for a trip that will exceed their bus mileage for the year, just one-way.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 24th the Scotland County R-I band, along with support staff, boosters and chaperones will be boarding a charter bus departing the SCR-I high school parking lot bound for Washington D.C. The public is invited to line the road to show the band support on its departure.

“Last minute preparations are well underway as the Marching Tigers are putting on the finishing touches on their performance,” said band Director Nathanial Orr. “You may even hear the band marching around town.”

The trip to the nation’s capital is more than 900 miles, with the group expecting to arrive on the East Coast  in time for lunch on Friday.

After the meal with tour manager Barbara Longnecker at Union Station, the group will take a tour of the U.S. Capitol before enjoying dinner at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant. That evening the group will be treated to a parade at the Marine Barracks featuring the US Marine Band in full dress uniform.

Saturday will feature a full day of tours including stops at Lafayette Square, the White House and the National Archives Building, home of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

After lunch they will visit Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated before touring Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The evening will conclude with tours of the US Air Force and Pentagon 9/11 Memorials, as well as the Jefferson, FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials.

The nation’s history will be on display again on Sunday as tour members will visit the Lincoln, and Vietnam and Korean War memorials as well as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum before spending the afternoon at the Smithsonian Institution’s museums. The evening will be capped off at the National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the Capitol. The event will broadcast live on PBS.

Finally on Monday, the band members will get to work, participating in the National Memorial Day Parade.

“The band will be performing ‘Colonel Bogey March,’ a tune featured in ‘Bridge over a River Kwai’,” said Orr. “The color guard will be wearing homemade uniforms representing a different branch of the armed services.  Each member of the guard has a connection as parts of the uniform they will be wearing are from the uniform of their family members.”

Orr said the parade will be televised on the Armed Forces Network as well as streamed on, or

“Due to time constraints and commercial breaks, there is no guarantee that SCR-I will be televised,” he said.

Later that evening, the group will visit the World War II Memorial and place a Scotland County High School wreath at the base of the Missouri state marker.

Tuesday, day 6 of the event, will feature a trip to Mount Vernon, before boarding the tour bus at 2 p.m. for the return trip to Memphis. The group is expected to arrive back home Wednesday, May 30th around 9 a.m.

The trip has been made possible through the hard work of the band students and boosters as well as the generous contributions of local supporters. Work began last May after word was received the band had received the honor of participating in the national event. Numerous fundraisers were held over the next 12 months to fully fund the more than $1,000 price tag per band member for the trip.

Larry Gieseke to Address 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services

Larry Gieseke will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Floyd C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sonny Smyser of the Lancaster Church of Faith  will lead the invocation prior to the performance of the National Anthem by the Memphis Community Players, who will also provide additional patriotic music for the service.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following Gieseke’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy.

Following the benediction by Smyser, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Fifty-Seven Units of Blood Donated at Spring Blood Drive

The spring community blood drive held on May 8th at the First Baptist Church of Memphis resulted in the donation of fifty-seven units of blood to the American Red Cross. We would like to thank all those who took time out of their busy day to come and donate.

Of the sixty-seven people who came out to donate, five were first-time donors: Laura Carr, Reilly Shoemaker, Luke Triplett, Matthew Woods and Mark Zeiset. May this mark the beginning of a lifelong habit of helping others through this life-saving gift.

The following donors are recognized for reaching their respective donation goals: a one-gallon pin was awarded to Harley D. Saulmon and a two-gallon pin, to Mike M. Blain. Carol McCabe earned a five-gallon pin, Sara Frederick earned a seven-gallon pin, and Bruce Childress was awarded an eight-gallon pin. David M. Ahland earned his fourteen-gallon pin. Way to go, Mike! But, the greatest achievement goes to Larry Riney who has reached 20 gallons, which is equivalent to 160 units of blood. This is the average total amount collected from two of our community blood drives. Thanks, Larry, you are an encouragement to us all and remind us that even one committed person can really make a big difference. Let’s be encouraged by their commitment, knowing that we, too, can make a difference, Congratulations to all these who have reached their respective goals and to all first-time donors. Your much-needed donations are greatly appreciated.

Special thanks are in order to Lighthouse of Faith for their generous supply of homemade cookies, to Community Bank for providing sandwiches, to Pizza Hut for donating free pizzas to student donors and to J’s Food for providing orange juice to all donors. And a very special thank you to all the local Red Cross volunteers for making this event possible by serving food and drinks to donors and providing comfort and support to both the Red Cross workers and all who give. God Bless!


Mandi and Chris Cicero, along with sisters, Kara and Alexis, would like to announce the birth of Christina Violet Cicero, born May 2, 2018 at Capital Region Medical Center.  She was born at 3:19 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and was 21 ½ inches long.  She is the granddaughter of Wayne and Terri Bulen, Stephanie Cicero, and Kelly Wiles.


Kira Stark of Kahoka and Dante Davis of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Trevon Land Buckner-Davis, born May 12, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Trevon weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Dede Segovia of Kahoka; Steven Stark of Kahoka; Carissa Smith of Keokuk, IA; and Rick Davis of Keokuk, IA.


Justin and Diana Hill of Bloomfield, IA are the parents of a son, Maverick Gabriel Hill, born May 5, 2018 at 8:06 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Maverick weighed 7 lbs 14.8 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Grandparents are Monty and Isle Hill of Bloomfield, IA; Jim and Linda Snowbarger or Marshalltown, IA; and Thomas Upton of Mediapolis, IA.


Bruce and Kendra Small of Memphis are the parents of a son, Abel Forrest Lee small, born May 11, 2018 at 2:36 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Abel weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 19 inches long. He is welcomed home by siblings, Mason and Vancel. Grandparents are Bobby and Shelley Small of Memphis; Jodi Heatherly of Memphis; and Kenneth Westfall of Perry, IL. Great-grandmother is Linda Baker of Memphis.

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