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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.



The Mount Vernon R-V School Board Meeting held its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 18th.  Below are some items of interest:

  • The April Meeting marks a time of reorganization for School Boards following the April General Municipal Election.  The Board voted to accept the results of the election of April 4th.
    • Mr. Wendler, Board Secretary, administered the oath of office for the three members elected April 4th.
    • The Board welcomed back Gene Ingle and Ron Schmidly and are happy to add John Cowherd as a new member.  All three will be serving 3 year terms.
  • The new Board Session was opened and officer elections were held.
    • Danny Bowling was elected by the Board as 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 Board approved rates with Apple Bus Company for the 4th and 5th years of our contract. 
  • Board discussion was held in regards to employee insurance plans for the 2017-18 school year.
    • The Board supported the addition of a new insurance option for employees. 
    • This option will be fully funded at $466.05 per employee each month.  Staff surveys continue to list full funding of insurance as a major priority.
      • Details of the new plan are as follows:
        • $3,000 Deductible
        • 70/30 Co-Insurance
        • $30/$50 for office visits
        • $5,000 Maximum Out-of-Pocket
        • $10/$35/$75 Prescriptions
    • Employees will have the ability to contribute $11.32 monthly to maintain the plan which is currently funded by the Board. 
    • Employees will continue to have access to an HSA plan as well as contributing toward another buy-up-plan for $86 per month.
    • Final approval of the staff salary and benefits package occurs in June with approval of the initial budget document.
  • The Board renewed its relationship with MSBA for the 2017-18 School Year.
  • The Board also renewed our association with Scott Regional Technical Center in Monett to serve our high school students interested in pursuing vocational training.
  • Several personnel decisions were made by the Board in Executive Session:
    • A resignation letter was accepted from Pat Rooney effective at the end of this school year.  Ms. Rooney has been serving Mount Vernon R-V as the Director of Curriculum and Federal Programs as well as Coordinator of the A+ Program.  Ms. Rooney leaves behind an amazing legacy in public education having served students for 49 years the last 30 of which came as a Mountaineer! 
    • The Board selected Liz Elsey, long time staff member at MVHS,  to fill the role of Curriculum and Federal Programs Director beginning next year.  We are excited to have Mrs. Elsey in this new role for the coming school year!
    • The District welcomes Angela Cicalla as a Kindergarten teacher at MVES for next year.  Mrs. Cicalla is currently a teacher in the Aurora School District.
    • The District also welcomes Elizabeth Linberger as a new English teacher at MVMS.  Ms. Linberger is an upcoming graduate of Southwest Baptist University.
    • The Board accepted the resignation of Andrea Conway from her role as Head Coach of the Coquette program.  Many thanks to Ms. Conway for her service as leader of this group!

The next regular meeting of the Mount Vernon R-V School Board will be on Thursday, May 25th at 7:30 in the Middle School Board Room.