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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 Meeting held its regular meeting on Thursday, July 20.  Below are some items of interest:


  • Summer School ADA increased this year by nearly 48 students.  We saw big increases in enrollment at both the Elementary and Intermediate Schools in addition to higher attendance rates in the Middle and High Schools.  Overall, it appears the new schedule had a positive impact on our Summer School Program.
  • The Board agreed to set the Employee Board Luncheon for Tuesday, August 15 at noon in the High School Commons.
  • The Board voted to set the Annual Levy Hearing just prior to the next regular Board Meeting on August 24 at 7:30 PM.
  • Representatives from LJ Hart & Company were on hand to present an opportunity for the Board to refinance the District's 2013 Series Bonds. 
    • The Board authorized a proposal to sell $2,500,000 worth of General Obligation Refunding Bonds at an average interest of 3.02%, compared to the Series 2013 Refunded bonds which were carrying an average interest rate of about 3.66%.
    • Through this refinancing, the District was able to reduce its future interest expense by $245,946.
    • Refinancing was made possible by the combination of lower interest rates now as compared to 2013 and the fact the entire $2,500,000 portion of the Series 2013 Bonds were not subject to a prepayment penalty as of March 1, 2018.
  • The National School Lunch Program: School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 forbids schools from supplementing our food service program with money from the federal free and reduced program.
    • We are required to raise lunch prices to compensate.
    • However, we have the opportunity to phase in these changes annually by instituting a cap to the increase of 10 cents per meal. 
    • As a result, meal prices for the 2017-18 school year are as follows:
  2016-2017 2017-2018
Breakfast $1.35 $1.45
K-5 Lunch $1.75 $1.85
6-8 Lunch $1.95 $2.05
9-12 Lunch $2.00 $2.10
Adult Lunch $2.35 $2.45


  • The Board also voted to maintain the same admission cost for District athletic events for the 2017-18 school year.  These prices have been consistent for the past 7 years and are as follows:
Sport Games Cost



Middle School





Varsity & JV

Middle School




Varsity & JV

Middle School



All Sports Season Pass All Games $50.00


In Closed Session the Board made the following personnel decisions:

  • Laura Hazelton was approved as the Assistant Vocal Music Sponsor.
  • Shelly Mosley was approved for a Paraprofessional position in the Special Education Department.
  • Trevor Casterlin was approved for the Freshmen Boys Basketball position.

The next regular meeting of the Mount Vernon R-V School Board will be on Thursday, August 24 at 7:30 in the Middle School Board Room.  The Annual Levy Hearing will be held the same evening.


June 2017 School Board

The Mount Vernon R-V School Board Meeting held its regular meeting on Thursday, June 22.  Below are some items of interest:

  • In Consent Agenda, the Board approved the amended budget for 2016-17 to accurately reflect revenues and expenditures.
  • Superintendent Report:
    • Average Daily Attendance for May was down 57.64 students from May 2016. 
    • We finished the 2016-17 school year with an ADA of 1324.40 (94.86%) down 15.28 students from the previous year.
    • School Board Meeting dates and the District-Wide Evaluation Plan were approved.  See the attachments for more information.
    • I updated the Board on the city's approval of our plan at the Elementary School to control traffic patterns on Blaze Street during student drop-off and pick-up times.  We appreciate very much the cooperation of the Planning & Zoning Board as well as City Council to help us create a safer and more efficient atmosphere on our Elementary campus!
  • The Board approved Salary Schedules and Provisions for the 2017-18 School Year.
    • This is an important first step as we refine our budget in the coming months.
    • The Board was supportive of allowing movement on the salary schedule for experience and education; adding a step to the bottom of all schedules; fully funding employee insurance; and fully funding the STEPS program.
    • The Board also approved additional salary provisions and policies (including extra-duty stipends) with a few minor changes.
  • A Preliminary Budget for 2017-18 was approved.
    • School Districts are required to approve a preliminary budget prior to July 1.
    • However, that budget is amended in September as revenue from state and local sources become more certain.
  • The Board approved Rental Rates for District facilities for the 2017-18 School Year.  The rates were not changed from the previous year.  See the attached document for more information.
  • The Board approved 18 Policy and Procedure revisions.  Below are some of the more important changes:
    • The Board approved changes to the District Wellness Program (ADF & ADF-AP1) which requires the District to provide nutritional guidelines to patrons for all food and beverages provided during the school day.  This change was required by federal law. 
    • Board Policy GCBA-R1 was revised to allow teachers entering the District to bring all years of experience with them.  Previously there had been a cap on the number of years allowed.  This change is in effect moving forward but is not retroactive.
    • Board Procedure EF-AP1 was adopted.  It requires the District to communicate our Meal Charge procedures to all patrons prior to the start of the school year.  This is a requirement by the USDA.
  • In Closed Session:
    • The Board accepted the resignation of Dan Harbaugh as Director of Bands.  Mr. Harbaugh was recently accepted as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Oklahoma. Many thanks to Mr. Harbaugh for his strong leadership of our instrumental music program for the past six years.
    • The Board also accepted the resignation of Kari Bass as 6th Grade Math Teacher.  Best of luck to Mrs. Bass in her future endeavors.
    • Heather Rice was hired to serve as a 2nd Grade teacher at MVES next year.  Mrs. Rice joins us from Pierce City.
    • Trevor Casterlin was hired as 7th Grade Social Studies teacher and Assistant High School Football Coach.  Mr. Casterlin previously taught in Spokane and Springfield School Districts. 
    • Judith Adam and LeAnne Estes were approved for Paraprofessional Positions for the upcoming year.
    • Philip Gantt was hired to a High School Custodial Position.
    • Welcome aboard to all the new Mountaineers!

The next regular meeting of the Mount Vernon R-V School Board will be on Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 in the Middle School Board Room.


2017-18 School Board Dates

2017-18 Board Evaluation Plan

2017-18 Facility Rental Rates