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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 on Thursday, January 18.  Below are some items of interest:

  • The Board opened the meeting with the District’s annual calendar hearing and approved the 2018-19 school calendar.  The calendar for next year features 166 student attendance days and 10 Teacher Collaboration Days.  The four built-in make-up days for inclement weather were removed from next year’s calendar saving the District a substantial amount of money in transportation costs.  The first day of school for students will be August 16 and the guaranteed last day of school will be May 17.  The approved calendar for next year is attached to this post.
  • During the regular meeting we had an opportunity to review three charts related to enrollment:
    • The attendance report for January was a mixture of good and bad news.  The bad news:  our attendance percentage for January was 93.53%, the lowest in the past eight years for the month of January.  However, we still had an increase of 6.51 students in ADA due to an increase in enrollment.
    • Each January, DESE records the number of students enrolled on January 31 who were in attendance at least one of the ten days leading up to January 31.  Our January Membership was up 16.08 students as compared to this time last year and was at its highest mark since 2012.  Many times there is a drop off from September Membership to January Membership but this year enrollment has remained steady.
    • The Board also reviewed the Free and Reduced Lunch Count for 2017-18.  The number of students served by this program increased slightly from last year but the percentage dropped .21% to 51.55%.
  • We were pleased to hear a report from Katy Moore, Justin Moore, and Cade Shepherd in regards to the First Annual Mt’Neer Serve Day.  The FFA planned and organized this event which was held on January 26.  MVHS had nearly 400 students out in the community of Mount Vernon conducting service projects at 26 businesses.  The students described it as an unforgettable experience that resulted in a spirit of cooperation unprecedented at the high school.  We are proud of these students and everyone who participated in making this event a success and look forward to watching it grow in the coming years!
  • Mrs. West presented plans to the Board for adding a new, regular education preschool classroom at MVES beginning next year.  In the past, our only preschool classes were connected with Early Childhood Special Education funding limiting the number of young people the District was able to serve.  Plans for our new classroom are to serve between 24-30 4 year olds with a possibility of also serving younger 5 year olds who may not be quite ready for Kindergarten.  There will be a small tuition connected to attendance similar to the tuition plan already used in Early Childhood Special Education.  The day will be divided into two, half-day sections.  We could not be more excited to offer this opportunity to the community!  More information will be released as plans for the structure of this program become more solidified.
  • The Board voted to set Summer School dates for 2018.  Summer School will begin on Monday, May 21 and end on Friday, June 15.  Summer School will not be in session on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.  Students will be in attendance from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM with breakfast and lunch offered daily.  This structure worked very well last summer and we hope to have even more students participating this year!
  • The Board considered several personnel issues during Closed Session:
    • Garrison Earnest was hired as Eighth Grade Science Teacher.  Mr. Earnest is a Mt’Neer alumni and has been teaching at Monett Middle School.  Mr. Earnest will also fill a vacancy on the High School Football staff.
    • Chris Teed was hired as an Eighth Grade Social Studies Teacher.  Mr. Teed has seven years experience and has been teaching in the Reeds Spring District.  Mr. Teed will be filling a vacancy on the Middle School Football staff.
    • Julie Hayes will be transferring to the Middle School to serve as the Sixth Grade Reading Teacher.  Mrs. Hayes has been a First Grade Teacher at MVES for the past two years.
    • Hannah Bloomer was approved to serve as the Interventionist Paraprofessional at the Elementary School.  Mrs. Bloomer has experience with intervention programs and also brings in experience in early childhood education.
      • The position at MVES was made available by the transfer of Randi Cornell to serve as the Interventionist Paraprofessional at the Intermediate School.  Mrs. Cornell has served in that role for the past three years.
    • The Board accepted the resignation of Raquel Hickey after seven years with the District in the Early Childhood Education Department.
    • Julie DeCocq is resigning effective at the end of this school year.  Ms. DeCocq has served as the Secretary at MVES for the past 12 years and has also served as the manager of the AESOP Substitute Teacher Program.  
    • Finally, the Board accepted the resignation of Kandie Eads as Special Services Director effective at the end of the year. Ms. Eads has served Mount Vernon Schools in this capacity for the past five years.  
    • We are excited to welcome aboard a new group of Mt’Neers!  We are also grateful for the service of those who are moving on to new opportunities and wish them all the best in the future!


The next regular meeting of the Mount Vernon R-V School Board will be Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 PM in the Middle School Board Room.