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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.



All Mt. Vernon Schools will begin using On-Line Registration for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. This will be done through the Student 360 Parent Portal.  If we do not have your email address or you need to update yours, please contact the office. If you do not currently have an email address, the office can help you set up a free gmail account. Offices will be open through June 15 for summer school. More information about On-Line Registration will be coming at a later date. 


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The Mount Vernon R-V School Board held its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 17.  Below are some items of interest:

  • The April School Board Meeting marks a time of reorganization following the April General Municipal Election.  Only two candidates filed for the two vacant positions and therefore no election was required.
    • Danny Bowling and John Rutledge were administered the Oath of Office by Board Secretary Steve Wendler and began their new three-year terms.
  • The opening session of the new Mount Vernon R-V Board was called to order and officer elections were held.
    • Danny Bowling was reelected as Board President for the upcoming year.
    • Other Board Officer election results were as follows:
      • John Rutledge, Vice President
      • Steve Wendler, Secretary
      • David Botts, Treasurer
      • Nathan Schoen, Assistant Treasurer
      • Gene Ingle, MSBA Delegate
      • John Rutledge, MSBA Alternate Delegate
  • The March attendance report continued to show encouraging news.  Average Daily Attendance was 1,333.79 up 25.21 students from this time last year.  The District attendance rate was 94.35%.
  • Dr. Ladd proposed the addition of three new courses for the High School.
    • One of the new courses forms a partnership with Southwest Baptist University and a nonprofit group named Code.org.  
    • The course will be called Foundations of Computer Science and will provide a broad overview of the principles of computing.
    • Dr. Ladd was excited about the opportunity to expose students to the concepts of this important, growing industry.
    • The Board approved this new course as well as courses entitled "Great Books" and "Folklore."
  • The Board approved the addition of a Paraprofessional position to serve in our new Preschool classroom next year.  The plan is to enroll up to 30 four-year olds in the program next year and a classroom assistant is a virtual necessity with that age group.
  • Mr. Cook presented to the Board regarding the status of employee health insurance for the coming year.
    • The Missouri Educators' Trust has grown to include 83 school districts and this was certainly a year we benefitted from this relationship.
    • MET has experienced a 107.8% loss ratio in 2017-18 so far and Mount Vernon members were at a 113.8% loss ratio.  Loss ratio is the ratio of claims paid by an insurer to the premiums earned.  In other words, it explains the overall health of the organization both physically and financially by examining the amount of premiums collected compared to the amount of claims paid out.  Obviously, a group strives to be at or below 100%
    • Strictly going by these numbers, the group would have faced an increase in renewal cost of 17.7%. 
    • Fortunately, MET was able to find some areas of change and adjustment to help offset some of this cost and the basic renewal increase was reduced to 8.4%.
    • Although we are self-insured, the group contracts with an ASO (Administrative Service Organization) to process our claims and help provide access to local providers.
      • This past year, our ASO was Aetna.  Aetna offered the group one plan at an increase of 8.4%.
      • The District has the option to change to Anthem as our ASO and access two plans with only a 3.4% increase as well as flexibility to choose either Cox or Mercy as the provider.
      • An 8.4% increase would increase the contribution made by the District by $80,672 while a 3.4% increase would raise contributions $34,684.
    • Switching our ASO to Anthem provides greater flexibility to employees at a lower cost of renewal increase.  
    • The recommendation made in June will be to switch our ASO to Anthem and fully fund the Blue Preferred PPO (Cox/Freeman) and Anthem Alliance EPO (Mercy SGF & Joplin) at $481.90 per employee/per month.
      • Employees will have the option to pay an additional $23.30 per month to provide open access to both Cox and Mercy (as well as other statewide providers) and greater out-of-network coverage.
    • Please see the attached presentation for more information.
  • The Board also approved four policy revisions/updates; three procedures; and two new forms.
    • One new procedure of note is IGD-AP3 (District-Sponsored Extracurricular Activities and Groups - Participation of Part-Time Students in MSHSAA-Governed Activities).
    • This new procedure is a response to a recently revised MSHSAA bylaw regarding student eligibility to participate in high school activities. 
    • It gives Districts the option to allow students attending private or homeschool to participate if they are enrolled in a minimum number of hours at our high school.
    • Administration also has an approval process to verify and accept courses taken as part of a private or homeschool program.
  • In Closed Executive Session:
    • The Board accepted the resignation of Mary Appelbaum from her Special Education position at MVES.  Mrs. Appelbaum accepted a position in Republic for next school year.
    • Brooke Snider was hired as a Kindergarten Teacher at MVES.  Mrs. Snider has been part of an internship program in Nixa this past year.
    • Matthew Anderson was hired as a Math Teacher at MVHS.  Mr. Anderson was also approved as Freshmen Boys Basketball Coach.  Mr. Anderson comes to us from Monett High School where he taught since 2007.
    • Grant Berendt was hired as the Head Girls Basketball Coach.  Mr. Berendt will be teaching in the At-Risk classroom at MVHS.  Mr. Berendt has been the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Neosho High School for the past four seasons with a 61-42 record.

The next regular meeting of the Mount Vernon R-V School Board will be on Thursday, May 24 at 7:30 in the Middle School Board Room.