November 18, 2010

Board of Education Approves Audit Report at November Meeting

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, November 11, 2010. Vice President George Koontz called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with four members present. Doctor Tobler arrived at 6:45 and Gary Miller arrived at 7:05. Paul Campbell was absent.

The board voted 5-0 to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda: Minutes - The October 14, 2010, minutes were approved. Procedural Evaluations - Co-Curricular - Mr. Hay; Secondary Guidance - Mr. Bondurant; Elementary Guidance - Mrs. Fromm. Declare Surplus Property - A number of old uniforms to declare surplus. Set Board Candidate Filing Dates - The 2011 election calendar establishes the filing dates for the April 5, 2011, election. Candidates may begin filing during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) on December 14th. Filing closes at 5:00 p.m. January 18th.

In old business, the board reviewed a portion of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). No action was required.

MSBA Conference

Gary Miller, George Koontz, Paul Campbell, Fred Clapp and Superintendent Dave Shalley attended the annual MSBA Conference. The conference addressed many key issues facing the state and schools. The report was for information purposes only and no action was required.

In new business, the board approved the district audit. NEMO CPA LLC presented the district audit for the 2009-2010 school year. The auditors found no concerns. The full audit report will be published in the Memphis Democrat. The board voted 6-0 to approve the audit.

Fall Board Workshop

The board voted 6-0 to schedule the annual fall workshop for December 15th at 6:30 p.m. The workshop is for information purposes only and no action can be taken.

Staff Absence Policies

The board adopted a resolution to allow administration to use discretion interpreting absence times for staff. The current policy causes inconsistencies within the district.

2011/2012 Junior-Senior High Master Schedule

The Scheduling Committee presented a tentative 2011-12 master schedule. The schedule consists of an eight-period day, with all classes meeting every day.

Reduced Schedule

The board voted 6-0 to approve one student request for a reduced schedule.

Personal Day Requests

Policy requires board approval when using a personal day to extend a vacation. The board received three requests to use personal days to extend a vacation. They voted 6-0 to approve the requests of Tamara Tague and Ronnie and Bonnie Young.

Executive Session

The board went into executive session at 8:45 p.m. The board voted 6-0 to approve the minutes of the October 14th meeting. The board voted 6-0 to offer the custodial position to Brian Lewis. The board voted to go out of closed session and into open session at 9:00 p.m.



Long Range Planning Committee Offers Input on School District Upgrades



Parents, faculty and community members offered their opinions on what they would like to see the Scotland County R-I School District look like in the future. Volunteers held a series of meetings in October as the SCR-I Long Range Planning Committee met to review the district's budget, enrollment figures, student achievement data and also toured the facilities.

During the process, the LRPC established a list of long term (5-10 year) and short term (3-5 year) goals. Those lists were presented to the SCR-I school board for consideration.

Technology was a key issue on the short term goal list. The top priority listed by the committee members was improving and updating the district's computer lab. Other high priorities included maintaining and improving teacher salaries, installation of an air conditioning system in the elementary school kitchen, as well as installation of a central thermostat in the elementary school.

The planning committee also highlighted the need to maintain the Career Ladder program as well as the School Reach system.

Other priorities ranked on at least half of the LRPC members' responses included covered sidewalks at the high school, adding a second transportation van for the district, additional computers and laptops for every classroom, upgrading the elementary school playground, development of an Early Childhood Center and preschool, development of a district website, additional security cameras at both buildings, and updating the school bus fleet.

Over the longer haul, committee members agreed that a new bus garage was the top priority.

Several of the shorter-term goals carried over to this list as well, as the LRPC highlighted continued support for updating technology, possibly with the addition of laptop computers in every classroom.

An annex continues to occupy future expansion goals, offering additional space for such goals as housing a multi-purpose center, an early childhood center, added space for the band and music departments and the possibility of separate high school and junior high areas. An administrative building a goal of several LRPC members as was upgrades in the school restroom facilities.

Security camera upgrades and awning improvements also were ranked toward the top of both lists as was the elementary school thermostat upgrade.

Maintaining the districts fine arts and performing arts programs was a priority as was adding additional college class offerings.

Sports-related goals included replacing the football field lights, creation of an all-weather track, baseball and softball field lighting upgrades, and repair of the football scoreboard.





SCR-I Finances Remain Strong Despite Weakened State Support



Thanks to the solid groundwork put in place over the past several decades, the Scotland County R-I School District remains on solid financial ground despite ever dwindling state support.

Superintendent Dave Shalley presented the district financial system procedural evaluation at the November 11th board meeting, tempering the picture of financial strength with growing concerns about education funding going forward.

At the center of that apprehension is the sluggish arrival of state aid. The district has received $1,070, 978.18, or 21%, of budgeted revenues. As of October, 25% of budgeted expenses, or $1,459,694.64, has been realized.

"At this point in the fiscal year, 33% of budgeted expenses and revenues are appropriate," Shalley told the board. "State revenues, which comprise 39.74% of the total budget, are down."

Local and county revenues, which make up 49.85% of the total budget, will arrive beginning in December and January.

"The reduced state funding is cause for concern due to the uncertainty of state revenue," Shalley said.

Fortunately, the district's unrestricted balances are $2,335,224.53 or 40.06% of the district's budgeted expenditures. Past boards established a goal of 17% balances to help with any unforeseen financial obligations.

Because of that solid bank account, Shalley said the board of education has been able to establish the local tax rate of $3.36, which is below the voter-approved ceiling of $3.69.

"This allows us to bring in needed revenue without over charging the local taxpayers," he said.

Other strengths of the financial system listed in the procedural evaluation included annual savings of $49,000 the district is realizing through the energy saving upgrades made in the summer of 2007. The district saved an additional $200,000 with the interest free, pass-through loan from the USDA and Tri County Electric. Recent resignations and retirements (six) have saved the district approximately $220,000 in salaries and benefits.

But with the strengths also came some concerns. Shalley noted that this year's budget projects a deficit of $459,266.00.

"We are in a cycle of deficit spending," he said. "The past three years the district has deficit spent $81,851, $136,014 and $124,280. This is a trend we will have to break."

Education funding will continue to be a hot topic at the state government level, where declining revenue led to budget cuts in many categorical areas including transportation, MOREnet and P.A.T.

Shalley noted that the new funding formula further hurts Scotland County with reduced funding to the district.

He did point out that the FY11 budget includes 2.3% growth in state revenues and as of October 1, year-to-date collections are up 2.6 percent, compared to 2010. As much as $189 million in Federal Jobs money will be run through FY11 supplemental budget process but the foundation formula includes $247 million in Federal Stabilization Funds, which will not be available next year.

Other revenue concerns include state gaming revenues that support the formula are about $50 million under budget.

Currently the formula requires an additional $233 million to fully fund education in 2012, with the state's total general revenue projected at a $600 million shortfall.

"There is a serious problem with state funding that we cannot overcome locally, without a major tax increase," Shalley said. "The assessed valuation of the district is currently $47,320,000. A penny increase on the tax rate will generate $4,700. If we take the entire Prop C waiver, the district will generate an extra $117,500."

These scenarios, coupled with the rising fuel and energy costs and Senate Bill 711, which lowers the tax rate ceiling in reassessment years, could have a negative impact on the district's funding according to the superintendent's report.

The district has a fifteen-year obligation to pay for the $1.9 million upgrades installed in the summer of 2007, which is scheduled to end in 2022. In addition, the maintenance of continually added technology will be costly, but necessary, to provide students the skills needed to compete in today's workforce.

"We must continue to spend carefully, maintain our buildings and keep resources up to date, as well as support programs for the student," Shalley said. "We have operated programs with very little increase in budget lines over the past eight years, but we do have increasing costs. This will reduce our balances over the next few years, but will put us more in line with the desired balance of 17%."

Traffic Changes Implemented at Two Memphis Intersections

A new stop sign has been installed at the intersection of Market and North Streets in Memphis. the change was approved recently by the Memphis City Council to address visibility concerns at the intersection caused by parked vehicles.

The council approved installing a stop sign for traffic northbound on Market Street. Traffic at the intersection was already stopped by signs on North Street for both east- and westbound traffic.

The move turns the intersection into a three-way stop. Southbound traffic will not be required to stop. The council decided not to make it a four-way stop because of the steep incline heading into the southbound intersection on Market Street, which could be a factor in inclement weather.

The council also agreed to install a yield sign on County Road 555 at the northeast corner of Memphis where the gravel road comes onto Sigler Avenue near Scotland County Hospital. The intersection technically is county property, but the county does not install or maintain traffic signs.

The yield sign will impact southbound traffic on the gravel rood and will not impact traffic on Sigler Street.

Missouri DAR to Host Wheeling for Healing in September

Missouri DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is sponsoring Wheeling for Healing, a fundraising bike ride across the historic Katy and Rock Island Trail, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Proceeds from this ride will be divided between the Wounded Warrior Project and DAR’s Project Patriot.

The WWP mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001.  WWP also supports family members and caregivers of a Wounded Warrior.

DAR’s Project Patriot supports the Chaplain’s Closet at Landstuhl Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany; the Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland and the Wounded Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas.  In addition, Project Patriot provides support to deploying and returning service members and their families.

The bike ride will take place across the historic Katy and Rock Island Trail. DAR chapters from all across the state are sponsoring SAG (Support And Gear) stations along the trail. Participants can enter and exit at any point along the Katy Trail and the Rock Island Spur.  The Jauflione Chapter of NSDAR, our local chapter, will be set up at the Hartsburg SAG. All registered riders will receive a T-shirt and swag bag.

Bicycling registration is due June 1st.  However, anyone is welcome to join riders along the trail, and any donation is greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at any SAG location.  For those wishing to register for the event, the Adult Rider fee is $30 and includes a t-shirt and SWAG bag.  The Child Rider (16 and under) fee is $15 and includes a t-shirt.  Jerseys can be purchased for $55 and additional t-shirts can also be purchased for $15.

Susan Miller is the coordinator for the Hartsburg SAG stop being sponsored by our local DAR chapter.  For more information about this event, whether to register as a rider, make a donation, or become a corporate sponsor, please contact Susan at: RR1 Box 130, Memphis, MO 63555 or call her at 660-945-3757.

Junior High Track Squads Close Out Season at Conference Meet

Teammates Kaden Anders and Alex Long battle it out down the stretch in the conference finals of the 200 meter dash. (Photo by Dr. Stephen Terrill)

The Scotland County junior high track teams closed out the 2017 season at the Lewis & Clark Conference on May 9th at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

The Tigers finished third in their inaugural season in the new league while the Lady Tigers were sixth out of nine schools.

Paris won the boys title with 124 points followed by Knox County with 94. SCR-I amassed 86 points to edge Clark County with 81.25 points. Westran was fifth followed by Harrisburg, Marceline, Schuyler County and Salisbury.

Marceline won the girls crown with 159 points. Salisbury (109) was second, followed by Paris (77.33), Harrisburg (75)  and Clark County (45). SCR-I earned 42.33 points to edge Schuyler County (41.33), Westran (15) and Knox County (12).

Kaden Anders led the Tigers with a first place finish in the long jump with a distance of 19′ 6.5″. Alex Long was third with a distance of 18′ 7″.

Anders also took top honors in the 400 meter dash and was third in the high jump and third in the 200 meter dash.

Alex Long finished fifth in the 200 meter dash. He took fourth in the 100 meter dash with brother Hayden Long in fifth. Alex was third in the 100 meter hurdles while Hayden took seventh.

Hayden Long earned third in the 1,600 meter run while Brady Curry was seventh.

Austin Holtke finished third in the shot put.

The 4×400 relay team of Kale Creek, Carson Harrison, Kade Richmond and Holtke finished fifth. They also teamed up for a seventh place finish in the 4×200 relay.

The 4×100 team of Jared Cerroni, Hunter Cook, Kabe Hamlin and Magnum Talbert finished eighth.

Hailey Kraus led the Lady Tigers with a third place finish in the high jump. She took seventh in the 400 meter dash.

Hannah Feeney finished third in the 800 meter run and was seventh in the triple jump.

Aayla Humphrey finished sixth in the 200 meter dash and was eighth in the 100 meter dash.

Shantel Small finished seventh in the 1,600 meter run and eighth in the 200 meter dash.

Haylee McMinn was sixth in the shot put and Emily Dial took eighth in the long jump.

The 4×400 relay team of Morgan Blessing, Jenna Blessing, Emily Terrill  and Kraus finished fourth.

The 4×100 relay team of Bobbi Darcy, Kiley Bradley-Robinson, Jenna Blessing and Morgan Blessing, also took fourth place. The same team took fifth in the 4×200 relay.

Spring Turkey Hunters Harvest 43,339 Birds

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 39,239 birds during Missouri’s 2017 regular spring turkey season April 17 through May 7. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 932 birds checked, Texas with 843, and Callaway with 697. Young turkey hunters harvested 4,100 birds during the 2017 spring youth season, April 8-9, bringing the overall 2017 spring turkey harvest to 43,339.

Scotland County hunters checked in 274 adult gobblers, 35 jakes and five bearded hens for a harvest total of 314. Schuyler County hunters bagged 215 birds while Knox County checked in 271 turkeys and Clark County hunters harvested 318 turkeys.

The 2016 overall spring turkey harvest was 48,374 birds with 4,167 harvested during the youth weekend and 44,207 during the regular spring season.

“Given that we haven’t had good hatches the past couple years, and the less-than-ideal weather during a considerable portion of this year’s season, the drop in harvest compared to last year was not unexpected,” MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle said.

He added that the number of birds harvested this spring wasn’t too far behind last year’s harvest total going into the second weekend of spring turkey season, but the heavy rains that blanketed much of the state shortly thereafter caused the harvest to drop rapidly.

Isabelle noted favorable weather over this past weekend helped harvest numbers bounce back a bit.

The 2017 spring turkey season included two non-fatal hunting incidents. One involved a shooter who mistook another hunter for a turkey and the other was a self-inflicted shooting injury.

Missouri offers some of the best turkey hunting in the nation. MDC restoration efforts in past decades have taken this popular game bird from almost being wiped out in the state by the 1950s to an estimated sustainable population of more than 300,000 birds today. Missouri turkey hunters spend more than $125 million each year on related travel, food, lodging, and hunting equipment, which helps local businesses and the economy.

Tigers Mash Milan 14-0 to Advance to District Championship Game

Aaron Buford tossed two shutout innings as the Tigers blanked Milan 14-0 in the Class District 5 semifinals on Monday in Memphis.

A pair of nice defensive plays early on by the Milan outfielders kept Scotland County off the scoreboard early in Monday’s Class 2 District 5 semifinals in Memphis. But the Tigers’ offense proved too potent to keep down for long, as SCR-I put up seven runs in back-to-back innings to defeat the Wildcats 14-0.

Aaron Buford got off to a rough start, walking the leadoff hitter before surrendering a single. He recovered nicely, striking out the next six batters he faced.

Milan got out of a bases loaded jam when Wyatt Boyle robbed Justin McKee of a hit with a diving catch in center field.

Jesus Gonzalez made a similar play in right field in the bottom of the second inning to steal a base hit from Will Pickerell after Elijah Cooley opened the frame with a bunt single. After Buford was hit by a pitch, Cooley advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Gage Dodge singled home Buford to make the score 2-0. With two outs, Grant Campbell walked and Will Fromm plated both runs with a base hit. He scored on a double by Lane Pence. McKee followed with an RBI single. After a base hit by Cooley, Aaron Blessing walked to load the bases. A base on balls to Pickerell plated McKee to extend the lead to 7-0.

That was more than enough cushion to give Buford the hook after just 36 pitches, allowing him to be used in Wednesday night’s title game.

The Tigers limited the workload on the rest of the staff as well, adding another seven-spot in the bottom of the third to insure the game would end early by the 10-run rule.

McKee, Campbell and Blessing had RBI doubles in the frame.

Grant Campbell held Milan hitless over the next 2 2/3 innings in relief for SCR-I. Gage Dodge got the final out to nail down the 14-0 victory as SCR-I improved to 19-1 on the season.

Buford notched the win, allowing a hit and a walk in two innings of work while striking out six. Campbell fanned five batters and walked one.

Fromm went 3-4 with three RBIs. Cooley was 3-3 with two runs scored and McKee went 2-3 with two RBIs.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards Nearly $170,000 to Missouri Schools, Nonprofits and Literacy Organizations

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of more than $170,000 in literacy grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools this morning. These funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states Dollar General serves, and plan to positively impact the lives of nearly 15,000 Missourians.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

Northeast Missouri Caring Communities, Inc. of Edina received a $12,000 grant.

Statewide grants are part of more than $7.5 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded this morning. Recipients of today’s grant announcements plan to use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, promote childhood summer reading or learn English. Missouri recipients are listed below and a comprehensive list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 18, 2017. Youth literacy grants support schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations in implementing new or expanding existing literacy efforts. Funding can be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs. Applications are available online at www.dgliteracy.org.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the Dollar General Newsroom or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

Anna Monroe Named to  Graceland University 2017 Honors List

LAMONI, IA (05/16/2017)– The honor roll lists for Graceland University’s 2017 spring term have been announced, and Anna Monroe of Memphis, MO, has been named to the Honors List.

Graceland University students with a GPA between 3.65 and 3.99 are named to the honors list. Congratulations, Anna! Graceland commends you on your academic success.

For more information visit www.graceland.edu and find Graceland University on Facebook and Twitter to follow additional student achievements.

Founded in 1895 and sponsored by Community of Christ, Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, is more than just a school. It is a community of passionate, caring and dedicated individuals who put their relationships with students first. Campuses are located in Lamoni, Iowa, and Independence, Missouri. For more information and to see additional student achievements, follow @gracelandu on Twitter and like Graceland University on Facebook, or visit www.graceland.edu.

Cemetery Revitalization

I want to publicly applaud the efforts of Elaine Smith, Ronnie Tinkle, Jeff Smith, and the generous donor(s) who made the revitalization of the Bethel Cemetery possible! On behalf of all the Rodgers, Barr and Overfield descendants, we are so grateful for your hard work!

Seeing Bethel the last time I was in Scotland County was heartbreaking and I wanted so badly to find a way to get it cleaned up. Elaine, Ronnie, Jeff, and the donor(s) were an answer to prayer. God Bless you!

Bruce Rodgers

Rochester, MN

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, May 18 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, May 19 – Last Day of School! Cook’s Surprise.

Lunch

Thursday, May 18 – Cook’s Surprise.

Friday, May 19 – Last Day of School! Sack Lunch.  Have a Great Summer!

SCR-I Summer School Menus

(Summer School runs from May 22-June 9.  All meals are free of charge to children 18 and under.  Children do not have to be enrolled to eat and walk-ins are welcome.)

Breakfast

Monday, May 22 – Pancakes, Sausage Link, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 23 – Last Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 24 – Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk.

Thursday, May 25 – Breakfast Burrito, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk.

Lunch

Monday, May 22 – Hot Dog/Bun, Macaroni and Cheese, Peas, Chocolate Pudding, Mandarin Orange Slices

Tuesday, May 23 – Chicken Wrap, Potato Rounds, Buttered Corn, Sliced Pears

Wednesday, May 24 – Cheese Pizza, Green Beans, Applesauce

Thursday, May 25 – Hamburger/Bun, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Sliced Peaches

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 18 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onions, French Fries, Pea Salad, Pineapple, Brownies

Friday, May 19 – Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Cake

Monday, May 22 – Sausage Biscuits/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Carrots, Applesauce, Cookie

Tuesday, May 23 – Lasagna/Meat Sauce, Lettuce Salad, Hominy, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Wednesday, May 24 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 11 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17 – Board and Business Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 18 – Health Department here for blood pressure checks, Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

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