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Our Mission

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.



On Thursday, September 21st the Mount Vernon R-V School Board held its Regular Meeting.  Below are some items of interest:

  • We were pleased to have students from MVIS representing SWAG (Students Working to Achieve Goals) to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • During Superintendent Reports we welcomed input from Mark Russell of the Missouri Beef Council, Morgan Householder from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Scott Meyer of OPAA.  They introduced the piloting of a new program known as MO Beef for MO Kids.
    • Mount Vernon Schools are proud to be the first school district in the state of Missouri to benefit from this program!  Lawrence County has over 60,000 head of cattle and the ranching and farming industry employs over 1,000 county residents.
    • The program encourages the donation of cattle in efforts to double the beef provided to our students weekly at no additional charge to the District.  Several Lawrence County farmers have already pledged donations.
    • We are pleased to participate in this program which will no doubt strengthen the tie between the School District and one of the county's thriving industries.
    • More events are coming in October including a community "Farm to Table" dinner prior to next month's Board Meeting.
  • I presented a report to the Board on the District's enrollment data.  We have traditionally reported District enrollment on the Tuesday after Labor Day as an annual benchmark of comparison.
    • This year the District had 1,440 students enrolled on September 5th.  This is an increase of 33 students from 2016. 
    • See the attached documents for more information.
  • The Board was happy to hear a presentation from Charles DeLaSalle regarding the Media Center Program at the Intermediate School.  Mr. DeLaSalle spoke about the annual Book Fair at MVIS which provides a great deal of excitement for our students.  The Board heard from three MVIS students who spoke about what makes the event special for them.
    • Mr. DeLaSalle provides one free book to all MVIS students through donations.  Last year 14 businesses and individuals contributed nearly $1,000 toward this project!
  • Mrs. Cox of MVMS and Mrs. Mareth of MVHS reported on the District Testing programs and results.
    • Mount Vernon students continue to fare well on these exams relative to state performance.
    • Both presenters were able to pinpoint areas of concern and potential solutions for improvement.
  • 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.
    • To meet the requirements of IDEA, every year districts must expend a proportionate share of federal IDEA funds on equitable services for parentally placed private, parochial, and home school children with disabilities.  
  • Finally, the Board voted to adopt the Budget Document for 2017-18 School Year.
    • I am happy to announce for the first time in four years Mount Vernon R-V Schools has a balanced budget.  
    • A major contributing factor to this was a nearly $7 million increase to our Assessed Valuation which generates local revenue for the District.
    • Despite a 6% increase to employee insurance the District was able to fully fund employee insurance while allowing incremental movement on the salary schedule.

The next meeting of the Mount Vernon R-V Board of Education will be Thursday, October 19 at 7:30.