Members of the organizing board of the Rutledge School Restoration Society are pleased to have been notified by Toni M Prawl, Director and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, that Rutledge School at 142 2 Street in Rutledge, Scotland County, Missouri, has been effectively listed in the National Register of Historic Places as of January 31, 2017.
The school building, which was built in 1912, has not been used for educating students since May, 1995, when the school district was consolidated into the Scotland County School District, in Memphis MO. At that time the school became property of the City of Rutledge. In the fall of 2016, a transaction of property transfer was made when officials of the Rutledge School Restoration Society executed purchase of the property from the City of Rutledge. Proper paperwork was completed and recorded with the Scotland County Recorder’s Office.
Much fundraising has been done to seek renovation of the school property. The Rutledge School Restoration Society (volunteer alumni members) is working diligently to bring the building back to its historic glamour. Holding a place in the National Register of Historic Places provides recognition of the Rutledge School’s place of historic importance.
The Rutledge School Restoration Society has been established as a not-for-profit organization and qualifies for 501C tax exemption status with the Internal Revenue Service. This status allows for eligibility to receive grants from individuals or foundations, with donations being tax deductible for the donor. National Register listing provides protective review of Federal projects that might adversely affect the character of the historic property.
Mr. Lynn McClamroch, 29852 Cedar Way, Kirkville MO 63501, Chairperson of Rutledge School Restoration Society, has graciously accepted the certificate in recognition of this honor on behalf of the Society from the Director and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. It is noted that listing in the National Register does not place restrictions or limitations on the use or maintenance of the property.
Earning a place in the National Register of Historic Places has proven to be a project of much time consumption. Photos were taken, articles were written, and specialists in the field were consulted in completing the application for this accomplishment. Dr. Amber Johnson, Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair at Truman University, (and students) assisted in the written application. Chris Kempke, Community Development Specialist for University of Missouri Extension, serving counties of Scotland, Schuyler, Knox, Clark, and Lewis, met with the group initially in laying the groundwork for making application.
The Rutledge School Restoration Society is most appreciative of the expert assistance offered by these professionals.