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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, December 15th.  Below are some items of interest:

  • During the Superintendent's Report we discussed the District Attendance numbers for November.  The overall attendance rate for the District was 95.28% and our average daily attendance was 1,343 students. 

  • Mr. Johnston and I reported to the Board on the status of expansion in the Big 8 Conference.  On December 1st, after several weeks of deliberation and accepting applications, current members of the Big 8 Conference voted to explore expansion opportunities with six area school districts.  Several factors were considered when deciding which schools would officially be invited to join the Big 8:

    • The opportunity for increased student recognition.  The addition of six schools also means the addition of eight new sports as official conference championship sports.  Mount Vernon student-athletes benefit from this directly as Girls Golf, Boys Tennis, and Girls Tennis will become conference sports.  All-conference teams will be named based on division. 

    • Maintaining a balance between large districts and smaller districts was a priority.  The goal was to find districts which would be a good fit for all the Big 8 Schools - not just a few.

    • Expanding without a significant increase in travel.

    • Expanding without marginalizing one division or another. 

      • Both of those factors led to a decision to divide based on geographic location rather than enrollment.

    • Maintaining as many traditional rivals as possible.  Each division will include seven schools.  This will require three crossover games in football which will often result in opportunities for continued rivalries.  In every other sport schools will play all teams in their division with the option to schedule as many as possible from the opposite division. 

  • Based on these conversations Hollister, Marshfield, Nevada, Reeds Spring, Rogersville, and Springfield Catholic were invited to join the Big 8 Conference with the following divisions:

West Division East Division
Cassville Aurora
East Newton Hollister
Lamar Marshfield
McDonald County Mount Vernon
Monett Reeds Spring
Nevada Rogersville
Seneca Springfield Catholic


  • Expansion will not become official until all districts have accepted invitations.  As of now Hollister, Nevada, Rogersville, and Springfield Catholic have officially accepted.  Marshfield and Reeds Spring have Board Meetings in the coming days at which point they will vote whether to accept.
  • The new conference will begin competition during the 2018-19 school year.
  • See attachment for a history of the Big 8 Conference.

Randall Moots from KPM Certified Public Accountants presented information related to the 2015-16 Audit.  Mr. Moots was very complimentary of the financial and organizational status of the District and reinforced the positive standing of Mount Vernon R-V.


The Board voted to accept the bid of OPAA to remain as the Food Service Management Company for Mount Vernon R-V. 


The Board voted to continue with MUSIC as our provider for Building Insurance and Workers' Compensation Insurance.


The Board voted to use KPM CPA's as our auditing agency for the coming school year.


The Board voted to implement twelve Board Policy revisions, one Board Procedure update, and five Board Form updates.  See attachment for descriptions.


In Executive Session the Board voted to hire Mary Ellen Moore for the vacant custodial position at the Middle School to replace Robert Montry who is retiring. 


The Board also hired Chelsea Price as a long-term substitute in the High School Math Department.  Welcome aboard Mary Ellen and Chelsea! 


The next Regular Board Meeting of the Mount Vernon R-V Schools is scheduled for Thursday, January 19th at 7:30 PM in the Middle School Board Room.


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