June 17, 2010

Budget, Tuition Rates Approved at June SCR-I Board Meeting

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, June 10, 2010. Vice President George Koontz called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with five members present. Gary Miller and Matt McKee were absent.

The board voted 5-0 to approve the consent agenda items that included a resolution to issue payroll checks through direct deposit in the 2010-11 school year and approval to advertise for employment of a part time cook, night custodian and bus driver.

In other business, members presented a board workshop report. During the May 25th workshop the board reviewed the budget and possible scenarios to reduce the projected deficit. Other topics discussed were long range planning, goal setting, formation of a School Foundation, appointing a recording secretary for board meetings and possible avenues for the building trades program. No decisions may be made at the workshop, it is for discussion purposes only.

Updated Tech Plan

The board voted 5-0 to approve the updated tech plan. The plan was presented in April by Mike Beeler, but needed updates to meet DESE approval.

Salary Proposal

The Salary Committee presented the board with a proposal for staff next year. This includes full insurance benefits for qualified staff, but no step increase. It does allow certified staff obtaining approved college credit hours to advance horizontally on the salary schedule. The approval of the full insurance benefit will be an additional cost to the district of $69,145. The board voted 5-0 to approve the request.

Over Expenditure Resolution

It is required by law the board pass a resolution stating the budget for expenditures for a fiscal year be amended to match actual expenditures in each overspent line for the year. The board voted 5-0 to adopt the Over Expenditure Resolution.

Tuition Rates 2010-11

The board voted 5-0 to establish the tuition rates for fiscal year 2010-11. The rate for 7-12 tuition will be $7,628 and the K-6 tuition was set at $5,461. This rate is below the annual ADA expenditure of the district, which is $8,158.

2010-2011 Budget

Superintendent Dave Shalley presented the board with the 2010-11 budget. The revenues reflect a local tax rate of $3.36, using the 09-10 assessed valuation of $47,739,205 and figure an eight percent reduction in State Formula dollars. Federal dollars will see a decline as well. Revenues total $5,114,516. Expenditures included the districts portion of career ladder, no step increase in salary and a full insurance benefit.

Operations and maintenance lines did not increase and we have lease-purchased a bus over a three year period to lessen the burden on the budget, Shalley said.

Total expenditures were $5,573,782, resulting in a projected deficit of $459,266.

We currently have a balance of approximately $2,000,000 to help us through the poor economy without making major cuts this fiscal year, said Shalley.

The board voted 5-0 to adopt the budget.

Solicit Bank Bids

The districts current contract with Bank of Memphis, a Division of Bank of Kirksville, expires June 30. The district has the option of extending the contract for three years. The board voted 5-0 to extend the contract for one more year and solicit bids in April, 2011.

New Staff Picnic and Board Breakfast

The new staff picnic will be August 16th at 6:30 p.m. at The Willows and the board-sponsored breakfast for all staff will be 7:30 a.m. August 16th in the high school commons.

Resignation

The board voted 5-0 to accept, with regret, a letter of resignation from Jackie Doubet as para for the district. The board wished Jackie the best of luck in her future.

Board Secretary

The board voted 5-0 to appoint Michella Hull as the recording secretary for open and closed session meetings at a stipend of $750.

Long Range Planning Committee

The district will re-establish the Long Range Planning Committee. The purpose of the committee will be to help set goals for the district and identify areas of possible reductions, if needed in the future. The district is in the process of naming committee members.

Executive Session

The board went into executive session at 9:10 p.m.

The board voted 5-0 to accept the minutes of the May meeting.

The board voted to go out of closed and into open session at 10:23 p.m.

In open session Vice President Koontz appointed a Building Trades Committee consisting of George Koontz, Paul Campbell and Trinity Davis.

Hospital Board Addresses Audit Report Revealing EMS Services  Operating at ‘Substantial Loss’

The Scotland County Hospital Board of Directors met in regular session on Thursday, March 29, 2018.  Those present were Curtis Ebeling,-Chairman (arriving at 6:05 pm), Joe Doubet-Vice Chairman, Judy Wilson-Secretary, Robert Neese- Treasurer, Members: Dwight DeRosear; Lori Fulk (on conference call in).

Others present: Randy Tobler, MD, CEO, Jeff Davis, DO, CMO, Michael Brandon, Controller, Elizabeth Guffey, RN, CNO, Angela Schmitter, RHIT, Missy Smith, HR Coordinator, Lori Nelson, RN, RHC Supervisor, Heather Ayer, RN, QI/Safety, Alisa Kigar, Marketing, Brenda Prather, recording secretary, Ashley Harvey, RN, Andrea Graham, RD, Stephanie Ketchum, LPN, Ken McMinn, IT Supervisor, Meagan Weber, DPT.

Vice Chairman Doubet called the meeting to order at 5:35 pm.

Michael Brandon, Controller, presented the Financial Report.  Gross patient revenue for February was $3,274,982; Net Patient Revenue Per Day was $55,052; Contractual percentage YTD was 52.36%; Expenses for February were $1,729,510; Expenses per day were $59,837. Net profit for February was $35,305; Net profit before depreciation was $163,100; Net loss YTD ($1,331,090).  Approval of accounts payable for February was approved by majority vote.

Randy Tobler, MD, FACOG, Chief Executive Officer, gave an administrative report with these highlights – Operations: Majority of time this month spent on identifying and contacting highest expense/potential highest savings SCH needs to yield cost containment & financial stability.

Major structural changes will be needed to achieve the savings SCH needs, recognizing the regional market and overall industry dynamics. SCH can only mitigate, not reverse market share drains to larger nearby facilities/systems as recent acquisitions by larger systems have eroded outpatient and some inpatient utilization substantially.

Employee healthcare costs must be controlled; they are the number one expense line after salaries. Service lines will need data driven objective decision making in deciding what SCH looks like going forward. SCH has a commitment from the Care Coordination team to drive the “Medicare Beneficiary Population Health” (Annual Wellness Visit/Gap identification/Chronic Care Management) Initiative at our Clinics, while High Performance Networks supports the team, administratively, in the background. The team is Dr. Wilson, Jessica Christen, DNP and Libby Dole, RN.

Employee Town Halls presentations on 3/6, both am and pm, to review financial position, educate staff on the drastic changes in reimbursements and market conditions that are largely responsible for our financial position, and the importance of making every patient experience a “Ritz-Carlton” one, both clinically and customer service, in order to retain and grow market share. Our patient survey reviews are excellent, and the drive for excellence must continue to grow the reputation of excellent services, close to home.

The Quarterly Community Discussion Forum was conducted on 3/21.  Great reviews, though we continue to be disappointed with attendance, and will review other formats/times to gain more community input and engagement with our operations, per the Board-approved Strategic Framework.

Tobler gave a presentation to Schuyler County Rotary. Tobler, Lister and Kigar met with Western’s Smokehouse CFO on 3/19 to explore opportunities to increase their employees’ utilization of SCH & clinics services.

The Employee Survey Committees have self-selected for engaged, regular participants and achievable, affordable recommendations are forthcoming.  The Senior Life Solutions launch has been a huge success. Senior Life Solutions Officials report the SCH start is among the best they’ve had regionally.  Scotland County Care Center Laboratory Services has resumed utilizing SCH Lab services, effective Feb. 19. SCH provides on-site phlebotomy there 3 days a week, with SC Care Center staff obtaining samples at other times.  Reports from SCCC Administrator are that operations are running smoothly.

Meetings in March with wo HVAC Control Vendors to address the looming problem of the obsolete control system.  This will be a necessary budget item in FY’19.

Congratulations to the Clinic Nursing Staff and Manager Lori Nelson and Heather Ayer, Q/A manager for helping the SCH Clinics earn exceptional marks on MIPS (Merit Based Incentive Payment System) which will result in up to 4% higher reimbursement for clinic physician fees from Medicare in 2019.

Medical Staff/Allied Health: Dr. Miller-Parish was the guest on “Healthy U” on 3/27.  The topic was colon cancer/screening to mark National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Iqbal Khan has started Neurology clinics at MMS, with Nerve Conduction and Electromyography testing, currently once monthly. Dr. Eldon Frazier, Family Practice Physician, is moving to Wednesdays with a stop at Wyaconda Medical Services on his way to MMS to see patients and fulfill collaborating obligations with Marilyn Day, NP.  The transition from Dr. McNabb to Dr. Frazier collaborating will be completed in 1-2 months.  Final negotiations with Dr. McNabb for her transition to part-time are taking place. Personnel: Department heads and staff continue to slash costs by filling voids left by attrition.

Contracts: Contract with Holliday and Associates for Chargemaster and Pricing Review executed.  Contract with Dr. Wolkowitz for per diem rental of Pain Management equipment executed.  Personal: Tobler attended the MHA Conditions of Participation Conference along with Compliance Officer, CNO and Quality Improvement/Risk Manager. The themes emphasized new requirements of Emergency Operations and the hazards of EMTA violations along with the statement of Intent of the Bureau of Hospital Standards Director to have a more amicable relationship between surveyors and the surveyed.

Jeff Davis, DO, Chief Medical Officer, presented the CMO report with these highlights: Dr. Davis attended the regular Quality Assurance & Safety meetings and discussed quality results, progress on employee focus groups and safety issues. Attended meetings with Senior Management Team to discuss cost saving measures and strategies for improving the hospital financial performance.  He attended a meeting with Clinic manager and Lead Clinic Receptionist regarding clinic personnel/staffing, scheduling and work flow.  Davis reported that Dr. Wolkowitz continues with pain management services at Surgery Center. Dr. Wolkowitz is only able to accommodate a few new patients per clinic because of follow ups. Dr. Dana Valencia has been added by Blessing Hospital as a second cardiologist.  There is a planned change in the ED schedule beginning in May with Docs-Who-Care reducing to coverage every other week on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Current staff will absorb the previous shifts they covered in order to reduce costs to the hospital.  Davis reported that outside of his hospital and clinic responsibilities, he currently serves as the Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medical Director at Scotland County Care Center, Clark County Nursing Home and Knox County Nursing Home; Serving as EMS Medical Director at Clark County Ambulance District and Knox County Ambulance District; Serving as Scotland County Coroner and the Immediate Past President and Executive Committee Member at Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.

In Old Business, the board had a conference call with the SCH employee health insurance broker to discuss possible options to modify current health plan tiers and enter into Reference Based Pricing with outside network facilities. This is an employer trend in and outside of healthcare among employers to reduce expenses for employee health insurance benefits.  The SCH self-funded healthcare plan is the number one expense item on the ledger after salaries.  Some pre-authorizations are required for certain procedures/testing.  Discussion and questions regarding possible hurdles in transitioning to a high quality, narrow network environment for SCH employees..  Following call, other questions were raised and Dr. Tobler will follow up.  Majority vote in favor to authorize CEO Tobler to research and answer the remaining questions and, unless complications arose, move forward with transition to 2 tier plan default, with goal of 3 tier plan, identifying a “preferred” 2nd tier at best negotiated price and immediate commitment and prepare a cancellation letter to HealthLink.  There was a lengthy discussion regarding BKD’s Affiliation Advisory Services which involves a complete operational assessment through 2 phases with an a la carte design, ensuring no all-or-nothing commitment.  Majority vote in favor to authorize CEO Tobler to enter into Phase One Strategic Readiness Assessment Analysis by BKD.

Tobler reviewed line by line of the Financial Stabilization Action Report progress. Alisa Kigar presented the completed Strategic Plan and Values Statements. Majority vote in favor to approve the Strategic Plan as presented and defer decision on the Values Statements until next month, allowing the board to study to document.

Ashley Harvey, RN, reported on the progress of the employee child care center, Tiger Cub Care.  A director has been offered the position and accepted, pending background check and employment paperwork.

“Noodles and Doodles” is scheduled for April 14th as a fundraiser for the Tiger Cub Care start up costs and the SCR-1 High School & Elementary Art Department.  More fundraisers are being planned.

Lori Fulk exited conference call at the beginning of New Business.  In new business, the Parking Policy was discussed and with majority approval passed.

The SCH Safety Plan was explained by Heather Ayer, RN, QA/Safety Supervisor.  Ms. Ayer volunteered to be the Patient Safety Officer.  Majority approved and passed the plan.

Tobler directed a discussion regarding the EMS department financial performance and reporting concerns of the Ambulance Board of Directors.  Tobler reported that Controller Michael Brandon finished an extensive accounting of revenue and expenses showing substantial loss.  BKD rendered opinion on the accounting, confirming substantial SCH subsidy to operate EMS services.  Accounting results and BKD opinions on coding and billing practices will be presented to EMS board in April.

Majority approval to move the April hospital board meeting to April 24th, same time and location.

Tobler discussed property liability insurance negotiations with current vendor which netted a significant reduction in the original renewal quote.  No other carriers offered a quote.  Majority approval of the negotiated renewal rate with current vendor.

The Bank of Kirksville requested a board resolution to formalize the Pyxis purchase lease.  Majority approval and signature obtained.

Executive Session:

Those present for closed session were Ebeling, DeRosear, Doubet, Neese, Wilson, Tobler, Davis, Rollison, Smith and Prather.

In closed session, the following items were discussed:

Legal & Personnel.  Smith exits.  Contracts in negotiation were discussed.

Meeting adjourned at 11:55 p.m.

SCR-I Claims Campus Bowl District Title

Scotland County will advanced to the state playoffs after claiming the district championship on Saturday by winning five matches.

Despite losing the toss-up question battle in their opening round, the Tigers were able to score enough points in the bonus rounds to get by Knox County 330-260. The Eagles held an 18-15 advantage on toss-up questions, but the Tigers outscored Knox County by 100 points in the bonus questions to post the victory.

Stephen Terrill led the way for Scotland County authoring 11 of the team’s 15 correct toss-up answers

The bonus round was again the difference maker for SCR-I in round two of the preliminaries as the Tigers bested Milan 310-260. The margin of victory was all bonus points as the two teams were even with 180 points each on 18 toss-up questions apiece.

Terrill again was the leading scorer with nine toss-up answers while Adam Slayton added seven.

Scotland County closed out the opening round of district play with a 320-230 win over Putnam County. The Tigers led by just 10 points heading into the fourth quarter.

Terrill answered three of his game-high 12 toss-up questions on the fourth period and his teammates combined for 70 bonus points in the key fourth quarter. Slayton added six toss-up answers in the victory.

The 3-0 performance earned SCR-I the top seed in the championship bracket and an opening round bye.

The Tigers were matched up with Milan in the semifinals and the game came down to the wire. The score was knotted at 140-140 heading into the final 10 questions. SCR-I was able to answer five of the final 10 toss-up questions with key contributions from Andrew Ebeling and Jacob Kapfer, to secure the win.

Terrill answered six toss-ups to lead the team in scoring and Slayton had five.

That setup another rematch as the Tigers took on Knox County in the district championship match.

SCR-I built a 70-20 lead in the opening quarter. Terrill answered four toss-up questions while Ebeling had two and Kapfer had one.

The 50-point remained at halftime as both squads put up 120-points in the second period. Knox County actually outscored the Tigers 60-40 on the toss-up questions, but SCR-I held the advantage in the bonus questions once again.

Knox County trimmed the deficit to 240-230 on the first toss-up question of the fourth period, adding both bonus questions. But that was as close as the Eagles would get as SCR-I went on a 120-60 run to close the game with a 360-290 victory.

Terrill answered 12 toss-up questions to secure all district honors. Kapfer answered five toss-ups in the title game.

Scotland County advances to host South Shelby on April 24th in sectional play. The first match will start at 5 p.m., with a best two out of three format.

Ministerial Alliance Makes Plans for National Day of Prayer

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance met April 11the at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Memphis with Dan Hite, Marie Ebeling, Karen Biggs and Mark Appold present. The meeting opened at 1:15 p.m. with a prayer by Hite.

The treasurer’s report was submitted from Dee Wiley via text by Karen Biggs.  The balances as of April 11were $1076.05 in the general fund; $1211.34 in the food pantry account; $1098.16 in the Tiger Packs account and the Back Packs Back to School Fund was at $1907.72.

Upcoming events briefly discussed were: May 3 National Day of Prayer to be held at the Ignite Church and May 9th Baccalaureate at the SCR-I high school at 7 p.m.

Hite told the group of a family gospel blue grass group, The Paul Family, with whom he has been in contact.  This five-member group will be in Memphis May 23. Dan suggested that S.C.M.A. host a gathering that evening open to the public at the Johnson Park with burgers, hot dogs, chips, lemonade, tea, etc. provided. The tentative plans includes asking each church to provide desserts; starting the meal at 6 p.m and having the music begin at 7 p.m. The Johnson park pavilion had been reserved.

Discussion was held about the Vesper service at the Scotland County Fair July 8 as Dan Hite has been contacted by Julie Blessing concerning the Fair Board’s desire to reignite interest in a local talent contest which they have planned for July 10.  Their wish was that S.C.M.A. secure musical talent from outside our county to sing during the Vesper service.  The suggestion was made that the group Renewed be considered. Further information must be gathered before these plans can be finalized.

A brief discussion was held concerning the Clothes Closet, in light of the report of a new roof being needed and the building itself needing replacement. Other concerns dealt with the lack of dependability of the building being opened to the public on a regular schedule, and the concerns of those who do work there.  Dan Hite reported that more information is needed and uniform procedures are needed by those supplying the work.

Upcoming events include the next regularly scheduled SCMA meeting on May 9. At the June 13 SCMA meeting Shelley Curry is planning to be present to talk about foster care families, respite care, and the family services regulations.

Closing prayer was offered by Mark Appold.

School Board Approves $1.225 Million Contract for Building Expansion

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.  President Trinity Davis called the meeting to order with seven members present.  President Davis swore in Mr. Cole Tippet and Mr. Sam Berkowitz.  Mr. Gary Miller was presented a plaque for his 18 years of dedicated service to the Scotland County R-1 School Board.

The board elected new officers as follows: President – Christy Aylward; Vice President – Trinity Davis; Secretary- Cole Tippett; Treasurer – Jamie Triplett; and Parliamentarian – Sam Berkowitz

Financial Update

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson presented the monthly financial report for the district.

“The fiscal year is 75% complete,” he told the board. “We have received 85% of our budgeted revenues year to date and have expended 70% of the budgeted expenses.”

He reported the district is operating with a fiscal year surplus of $1,036,649.56.

“This surplus will begin to offset as revenue will begin to slow down and many budgeted expenditures remain as we near the end of the fiscal year,” he stated.

Facility Projects

The board voted 6-0-1 to accept the bid from Bleigh Construction to include the base bid, alternate 1, alternate 2 and alternate 2A for a total award of $1,225,000.00 for the new construction project.

The projects approved include a new 5,000 square foot addition to connect to the existing elementary and high school.  The addition will include early childhood classrooms, occupational and physical therapy space, special education, and an elementary library.  This also includes a new band room build-out of approximately 1,600 square feet in the existing vocational building, new metal siding, windows, and doors on the existing vocational building.

Sam Berkowitz abstained on the vote.

The board voted 7-0 to re-bid alternate 3, alternate 3A and alternate 4 for the new construction project.

Alternate 3 was for a new concrete foundation and slab for the connecting corridor between the high school and the vo-tech building, approximately 9 feet four inches wide by 30 feet in length.

Alternate 3A was the construction to enclose the corridor, walls, roof, doors and windows atop the foundation.

Alternate 4 was modifications to the vo-tech building restroom.

The board voted 7-0 to advertise for bid repair and replacement of the High school sidewalks.

Technology

The board voted 7-0 to enter into a Lease Agreement with Apple, Inc for $225,121.50 with an annual lease payment of $57,535.05 to purchase student iPads for the 2018-2019 school year.

The board voted 7-0 to accept the bid from CDI for $17,340.00 to buy back student laptops that will be replaced with the new Apple iPads.

Salary Committee

President Christy Aylward appointed herself, Rhonda McBee, and Trinity Davis to the salary committee.

Retirement

The board voted 7-0 to accept the letter of retirement from Teresa Creek. She is retiring as the superintendent’s secretary after 30 years in education.

Resignations

The board voted 7-0 to accept resignations from Melissa Miller, Lauren Ewing, Kim Campbell and Hannah Ross.

Parking Lot Maintenance

The board voted 7-0 to advertise for bid for the maintenance of the High School and Elementary parking lots.

Fund 4 Transfer Resolution

The board voted 7-0 to accept the following transfer resolution:  Be it resolved that the SCR-I School District transfer $257,817.00 of the allowable funds by law from the Incidental Fund to the Capital Projects Fund in order to build a balance in the Capital Projects Fund.  These transfer monies will be used for technology enhancement, building and grounds repairs, maintenance projects, athletic facility upgrades, purchasing of new equipment for the elementary and secondary schools.  The aforementioned projects are to be completed on or before June 30, 2019.

May Meeting

The board voted 7-0 to set the May Board Meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9.

Executive Session   

In closed session the following items were approved:

March 8, 2018 closed session meeting. 7-0

Offer Contract to Chasity Black as an Elementary Teacher 7-0

Offer Contract to Mariah Strange 7-0

Offer Contract to Trenton Tallman as the high school Learning Lab/CCE teacher, 7-0

Offer Extra Duty Contracts for following list of coaches/sponsors: 9-12 Chorus Activities –  Nathaniel Orr; Assistant Basketball Boys – Kyle Ellison; Assistant Basketball Girls – Karri Feeney; Assistant Football – Rod Sears; Assistant Football Coordinator – Kyle Ellison; Assistant Softball – Megan Creek; Ast. Baseball – Miller Bowles; Asst. Marching Band – Chanel Oliver; Athletic Director – Lance  Campbell; Band Activities-  Nathaniel Orr; Elementary Music – Chanel Oliver; FBLA – Jenna Ward; FCCLA            – Jenna Ketchum; FFA Sponsor – Waltedda Blessing; Flags            – Schelle Cooley; JH 8TH Girls  Basketball – Megan Creek; JH 7th Boys Basketball – Ryan Bergeson; JH 8th Boys Basketball – Nathan Pippert; Jr High Track       – Lance Campbell; Jr High  Track – Kim Small; Jr High Cheerleaders Football – Tia Hamilton; Jr High Football -Nathan Pippert; Jr High Football – Kody McCluskey; Jr High Softball – Michael Moore; Jr High Softball -Cory Shultz; Jr. High 7th Girls Basketball       – Michael Moore; Jr/Sr Golf – Michael Moore; Junior Class-2           – Jenna Ward; National Honor Society – Terri Slaughter and Kara Wickert; Pom Pom Sponsor – Shelby McAfee; Senior Class – Terri Slaughter;  V/JH Campus Bowl –  Nathaniel Orr; Varsity Basketball Boys – Lance Campbell; Varsity  Track -Troy  Carper; Varsity  Track – Melinda Briggs; Varsity Baseball –  Rod Sears; Varsity Basketball Girls – Cory Shultz; Varsity Cheerleaders football – Tia Hamilton; Varsity Football – Troy Carper; Varsity Softball – Kim Small.

Hire following non–certified staff for 2018-19:

Michella Hull, Judy Thomas, Bryan Chance, Denny Ward, Stephanie Shalley, Amanda Long, Linda Hervey, Kathy Dickerson, Lisa Humes, Hannah Bishop, Shirley Green, Penny Holt, Jana Muntz, David Kittle, Danny Norton, Jon Wullbrandt, Alan Adams, Les Richmond, Bobbie Anderson, Schelle Cooley, Serena Stott, Amy Carleton, Andrea Hunt, Faith Ann Miller, Angie Ward, Debbie Sears, Pat Arnold, Vickie Mauck, Pam Chance, Jennifer Tinkle, Amanda Mohr, Jessica Spray, Rob Egenberger, Chris Parsons, Kristen Moore, Hilary Rader, Lydia Clatt, Shellie Jackson, Don Ryland, Cali Smith, Nancy Hirner.

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

Chamber to Host Peanut Day as Part of Community’s June Safety Fair

The Memphis area Chamber of Commerce met April 10, 2018, 6:30 pm. at the Masonic Building. The meeting was called to order by President, Laura Schenk, and minutes of the March meeting were read and approved.

Finishing touches were put on the free Pancake Day event for the community that was held April 14th at the Masonic building.

Dr. Donelson thanked the Chamber for the donation to Tiger Trail Easter Egg Hunt, and reported it was a great success.

Peanut Day has been moved to June 23rd in conjunction with the annual “Safety Day” event. This is a great time to learn new skills to keep all of us safe.

Dr. Donelson reported work is ongoing to bring another music show to the theatre, and h will provide future updates.

Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Building. All members are encouraged to attend. If you’re not a member and would like to join, contact Yvonne Brown.

Arbor Day Foundation Names Memphis Tree City USA

Memphis, was named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Memphis achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: maintaining a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

Pence Powers SCR-I to Win Over Schuyler County With 5-RBI Night

Brett Monroe beats the throw to first base during SCR-I’s win over Schuyler County.

Scotland County never got a ball over the outfield fence on Thursday night in Lancaster, but the Tigers definitely battered the barrier with more than a half dozen line drives on a night   that saw SCR-I post a 14-4 victory over Schuyler County.

Pence was the first to do the honors, pounding a double off the center field fence to plate Will Fromm who had doubled with two outs in the top of the first. After a walk to Parker Triplett, Branton Burrus hit a shot to right center field that narrowly missed clearing the fence for a homer. Burrus had to settle for a two-run single as the Tigers went ahead 3-0.

The Tigers’ defense struggled a bit in the bottom of the frame. A pair of erros opened the door for two runs to cross the plate. While the glove work was lacking for the Tigers, a bare-handed play helped stop the rally. Burrus snagged an errant relay throw headed for home, grabbing the ball that bounded behind him, with a quick bare-handed snag, that allowed him to catch a runner at second base and end the threat.

SCR-I tacked on a pair of runs in the second inning. Brett Monroe reached on an error. Gage Dodge mashed a double off the center field fence. A walk to Fromm loaded the bases before base on balls to Pence and Parker Triplett expanded the lead to 5-2.

The margin grew to 7-2 in the fourth inning. Dodge smacked another drive off the fence for a two bagger. Jacob Buford followed with a single before Fromm plated both with a long single off the fence in right field.

A pair of errors allowed the Rams to score another unearned run off Fromm to trim the lead to 7-3.

SCR-I got that run back in the sixth when Buford and Fromm led off with base hits and Pence delivered an RBI single.

The Tigers put the game away with a six-run seventh inning that featured just two hits, a single by Brady Curry and a two-run double by Pence.

Burrus worked out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh in relief of Fromm to secure the 14-4 win.

Pence went 3-3 on the night with a pair of walks and five RBI. Fromm was 3-4 with three RBI and Dodge was 3-4 with three runs scored.

Fromm notched the victory on the mound. In 6 1/3 innings of work, he was tagged for four runs, all unearned, on just three hits and four walks while striking out eight. Burrus walked two and struck out one in 2/3 innings of relief work.

The Tigers improved to 2-2 with the victory.

Superintendent’s Corner

by SCR-I Superintendent Ryan Bergeson

The conclusion of another school year is rapidly approaching at the Scotland County R-1 School District.  The 2017-2018 school year has included many successful experiences academically and athletically and our staff and students have been working hard to achieve greatness.  As we approach the end of the school year, there are still many educational activities and athletic events that illustrate all of the great things that happen on the Scotland County R-1 School District Campus.  We thank you for all of the support this school year and we invite everyone to come out and enjoy the activities that are scheduled throughout the remainder of the school year.

April 16:  Elementary MAP Assembly

April 17:  MAP Testing Begins

April 17-April 27: MAP Testing

April 18:  4th quarter Mid-terms

April 20:  6th grade Bowl-A-Thon

April 27 & 28:  State Music

April 28: Prom

April 30: Junior High MAP Assembly

May 2: Fine Arts Night

May 3: Senior Boys Breakfast/Senior Girls Tea

May 4: FFA Banquet

May 7-11:  Student Council Week

May 8:  AP Banquet

May 8:  Academic Awards Night

May 9:  Baccalaureate

May 10:  6th Grade Graduation

May 11:  Muffins for Mom

May 11:  Elementary Track Meet

May 11:  District Baseball

May 13:  Graduation at 2:00 p.m.

May 14:  FFA Petting Zoo

May 14:  Elementary Book Fair Week

May 16:  Junior High Awards Assembly

May 17:  Campus/Community Cleanup Day

May 17:  Pre-K Last Day

May 18:  Last Day of School

May 24th-June 14th:  Summer School

SCH Swing-Bed Unit Hitting Home Runs

Dear Editor,

Every day I work with people across the lifespan who are trying to navigate the world of healthcare.  My daily job is made up of working with health insurance, doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers, and it still overwhelms me when it is my healthcare or that of someone I love.

Recently, I was working to give a family member the best rehabilitation solution possible after a medical procedure, and I want others to know about the “pot of gold” I feel that I found.

After orthopedic surgery in Columbia, MO, I was working hard to send my loved one to Rusk Rehabilitation Unit in Columbia.  Rusk, which we had used before, and is the well-known therapy king of central Missouri ended up not being an option for our insurance source. This left me calling and looking for other skilled and rehab options.

After calling Scotland County Hospital to inquire about their “swing-bed” option, I found that we could transfer there, and have our therapy along with skilled nursing care. Let me just say that I have never seen a transition be easier. The social worker from the hospital in Columbia called Memphis hospital at noon on Thursday and we were admitted to Scotland County Hospital by 530 p.m. that night.

I had never been in the hospital swing bed unit, and I can’t tell you how impressed I was.  Not only is it a modern facility, it was quiet, and it was well tended with nurses and aide staff.  We never missed a beat with required medications, and we resumed a full therapy schedule the next day.  Physical and occupational therapy were provided multiple times a day, in both the room as well as in their rehabilitation gym.   There was constant over site by a physician, and additional needs or wants were addressed quickly.  The social worker was always just a call away, and at each visit she was always one step ahead of our voiced need.  And finally, the CEO stopped by the patient room to assure all our needs were being met, and that we knew how thankful he was that we chose SCH.  Overall, the care was just fantastic for recovery and rehabilitation.

Within eight days we left Scotland County Hospital ready to resume our life at home and did it without one complaint.  How often does that happen? Not ONE complaint.

My family member is now participating in home health physical therapy through Knox County Health Department/Home Health Agency, and I have just as high hopes for that.  When we complete that round of therapy should further outpatient therapies be needed, I would certainly look to the services of the therapy team at Scotland County Hospital.

This brief interaction with SCH and their team in Memphis really reinforced for me how lucky we are to have this facility here in rural Missouri.  And I will certainly look to them in the future, should I or anyone in my family need services.

Thank you to all of you, and job well done!

Lori Moots-Clair

Edina, MO

Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society to Meet April 28th in Shelbina

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society will hold their first meeting of the year on Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m., at the Shelby County Historical Society museum, located at 107 Center Street in Shelbina.

Sharon Harrison, president of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, will conduct the business meeting.

After the business meeting, Kathleen Wilham, president of the Shelby County Historical Society will tell of exciting news of the ongoing conversion of the building next door to the museum into a genealogical research center and library.  She will tell about the two-story museum running out of space and how a golden opportunity came available for the purchase of the single-story property at 109 Center.

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society serves 14 counties in northeast Missouri and the quarterly meetings are scheduled at various locations to make it possible for the outlying members to attend.  The Society is dedicated to the collection of genealogy materials, both published and unpublished, for printing in the “Northeast Reporter”.  The 33 page quarterly is published each April, June, August and October.

The public and those interested in family research are welcome to attend. For information call (573) 221-7282.

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