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To provide quality educational experiences to enable all students to reach their full potential and become healthy, responsible, productive citizens and lifelong learners.


The Mt. Vernon R-5 School District is fully accredited by the State of Missouri.


Received a 99.5% rating on DESE Annual Performance Report for 2015-16 school year.


Mt. Vernon High School is a designated A+ School.


Mt. Vernon Middle School received the honor of being a Gold Star School.



The Mount Vernon R-V School Board held its regular meeting last evening (9/22).  Below are some items of interest:


  • During the Superintendent's Report we discussed the enrollment pattern for Mount Vernon Schools.  Each year the Superintendent reports to the Board on the cumulative enrollment in the district on the Tuesday after Labor Day.  This provides a consistent timeframe by which we can measure fluctuations in enrollment data. 
    • Overall enrollment on this date for 2016 was 1,407 (471 HS; 314; MS; 306 IS; 316 ES).  This represents a decline of 45 students from last year and a decline of 174 students from our highest enrollment in 2006.
    • Declining enrollment is always a concern due to the reliance of the district on state formula funding as a large part of our revenue.  Funding is based on attendance not enrollment but the fewer students enrolled naturally results in a reduction in potential attendance rates.
  • Mrs. Barrett and Mrs. Johnston did a great job reporting on behalf of the District's Media Center Specialists.
    • They discussed the constant evolution of their positions.  The traditional view of a Librarian is really no longer accurate.  Our Media Center Specialists now facilitate faculty professional growth  in addition to all their responsibilities with students.
    • The presentation highlighted Google Apps for Education demonstrating all the tools available to students and faculty and their role as the resident experts in each building.
  • Mrs. Bellis and Mrs. Cox provided a detailed and interesting report on the District Testing Program.
    • A common theme from each presenter was the unity shown by all stakeholders (parents, students, staff, and administration) to make the testing experience a positive and successful one.
    • We can all be proud of our continuing success on state-mandated testing!  It is a reflection of great instruction by teachers, diligent preparation by counselors and principals, and outstanding effort from our students. 
  • The Board approved two measures related to Special Education which require annual review.
    • Our local compliance plan was approved and mirrors the state compliance plan.
    • The Board also approved the local proportionate share expenditure amount.  Each year every school district is required to set aside a budget amount to provide Special Education services to students in local districts attending private schools.
  • The last open session item was Board approval of the 2016-17 Budget.  As with any year there were positives and negatives related to the planned budget.
    • The Good News includes:  an increase in local Assessed Valuation; no increase to insurance rates paid on behalf of staff; and the flexibility to provide incremental movement for staff on salary schedules.
    • There are ongoing concerns about declining enrollment.  As always we must be cautious about the stability of state funding.
    • Although the budget represented a slight deficit the district remains in very stable financial health.
  • In Executive Session:
    • The Board hired two Paraprofessionals.
      • Aoma (Ayme) Carter was hired to a vacant paraprofessional position at the Elementary School and Miranda Dawson as a Paraprofessional at the South Building.  Welcome aboard ladies! 
      • The Board also approved Debra Garrett as a long-term substitute in the Elementary.  We are excited to have such an experienced and successful teacher in a substitute position!

The next meeting of the Mount Vernon R-V Board of Education will be Thursday, October 20th at 7:30 PM in the Middle School Board Room.


According to the Surgeon General, dental care remains the greatest unmet health need among US children.  Mount Vernon Schools are happy to continue a long-standing relationship with the Big Smiles In-School Dental Program to help our students access much needed dental services. 


Big Smiles was founded more than a decade ago to help children who were unable to access dental care and as a result, often suffered from poor oral hygiene, tooth decay, pain and associated medical problems. Services are delivered directly in the school setting which alleviates the time and transportation burden on parents and provides a safe, secure and often fun environment for the children.


Big Smiles will be in Mount Vernon Schools on the following schedule:


Wednesday (10/12) and Thursday (10/13) @ the Elementary

Friday (10/14) @ the Middle School

Wednesday (10/19) @ Intermediate and High School


Enrollment forms will be sent home with students.  To participate and have your child see the dentist at school, please complete and sign the enrollment form and return it to the school with your child.  Please contact your child's school if you have questions or do not see a form in the next few days. 


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