Proposition KIDS supporters Christy Aylward, Ryan Bergeson and Rhonda McBee were recent guest speakers at the Scotland County Rotary Club meeting to discuss the November 4th tax levy ballot issue.

Proposition KIDS supporters Christy Aylward, Ryan Bergeson and Rhonda McBee were recent guest speakers at the Scotland County Rotary Club meeting to discuss the November 4th tax levy ballot issue.

by SCR-I Superintendent Ryan Bergeson

On November 4, voters in the Scotland County R-I School District will have an opportunity to provide improved security, technology, and facilities that promote student learning through academics and activities.  Projects proposed by Proposition KIDS would include upgrades to facilities that include student classrooms and facilities that service extracurricular activities at the school.  The benefits of student involvement in extracurricular activities is well-documented and SCR-I is committed to providing students with a comprehensive education experience.  Read on to discover how the Proposition KIDS ballot issue could benefit student learning and safety at the district.

The Scotland County R-I School District offers a wide range of extracurricular and co-curricular activities throughout the year with a wide range of student participation.  The list of Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) athletics and activities offered at the Scotland County R-I School District includes band, baseball, basketball, chorus, campus bowl, cheerleading, football, golf, softball, track and field, and trapshooting.

This impressive list of activities and athletics that are offered at Scotland County R-I is even more remarkable when you consider that of the 561 students enrolled in K-12 education, 510 are involved with at least one of the above mentioned activities or athletic endeavors that are offered.  This staggering number means that over 90 percent of the student population at Scotland County R-1 are taking advantage of all the benefits that these activities offer students throughout their academic career and the benefits often last a lifetime.  “I am so proud of the academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular involvement in our school district.  It is exciting to see people working together and I am encouraged by so many students realizing their full potential,” says Superintendent, Ryan Bergeson.

Extracurricular programming provides real-life experiences that include learning time management and organizational skills, exposure to diverse groups and interests, relationship building, learning the value of commitment, increased self-esteem, and learning how to collaborate to reach a common goal.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics, students who participate in extracurricular activities have a 15 percent higher classroom attendance rate than students who are not involved.  The National Center for Education Statistics states, “Extracurricular activities provide a channel for reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom, offering students the opportunity to apply academic skills in a real-world context, and are thus considered part of a well-rounded education.”

Activities promote social development inspiring a sense of pride, accountability and participation.  Students who participate in extracurricular activities are much more likely to feel confident in their ability to organize, multitask, and achieve academic success.  Scotland County Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach, Lance Campbell, says that fostering relationships with students is one of the most rewarding experiences about being involved in extracurricular activities.  “I get excited when I get to work with student athletes and get to know them on a personal level.  It’s rewarding to work with student athletes and it gives you a greater sense of accomplishment when everyone is working together.”

The Scotland County R-1 School District resides in a very supportive and prideful community which leads to widespread success.  Those who attend a concert, competition, athletic event, or activity this year can see first-hand the benefits of student involvement in extracurricular offerings, and Scotland County R-1 appreciates your support of the many students that are giving this extra effort to ensure a well-rounded education.

How can the Proposition KIDS ballot issue promote student learning and safety in academics and activities?  The projects proposed by Proposition KIDS, if approved by majority vote, would include replacement of the temporary buildings on the north side of campus.  These buildings house classrooms, weight room, band/chorus, football locker room, and concessions and bathrooms that service football games and track meets.  For many years, these temporary buildings have been a source of safety, maintenance, security, and energy concerns for the district.

Due to rising construction costs, the Board of Education determined that it was time to act on these problem areas.  If approved, the building project would provide upgraded facilities and improved safety and security as students transfer between the buildings to attend classes and activities.

Find additional information regarding Proposition K.I.D.S. at www.scotland.k12.mo.us, the Proposition K.I.D.S. Facebook page, booths at local events, speakers at meetings of local organizations, and read the Memphis Democrat for weekly Q & A about the ballot issue on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  Contact Superintendent Ryan Bergeson or a school board member for further information.