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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:

  • December Average Daily Attendance was up by 16.73 students from the previous year at 1342.75 despite our overall attendance percentage dropping over the same time frame.  
  • Tuesday, January 16 was the final day to register for the School Board Election.  Mount Vernon R-V had two terms scheduled to expire this Spring.  Danny Bowling and John Rutledge, two incumbents, filed as candidates.  No other community members registered.  As a result, the District will not be required to conduct an election in April and Mr. Bowling and Mr. Rutledge will begin new three-year terms starting this Spring.  We are honored to have these men continue their service as Board members!
  • January is School Board recognition month in Missouri.  If you have an opportunity, please take a moment to thank the dedicated members of our School Board for their service to our community and this District.  Service on a School Board is often a thankless job and we are grateful for those who are willing to support our students and staff!
  • During Superintendent's Report, I made a presentation regarding some of our plans for faculty positions following the retirements of seven longstanding Mountaineer educators.
    • We are currently seeking candidates for four teaching positions beginning during the 2018-19 school year.
      • Eighth Grade Science
      • Eighth Grade Social Studies w/ a Football Coaching opportunity
      • Sixth Grade Reading
      • Special Education/Alternative Education
    • The Third Grade teaching vacancy is being filled internally resulting in a vacancy for Fourth Grade Science.  This position has not yet been posted pending more information regarding Title I funding.  We faced a reduction in Title I funding last year and hope to have this reinstated.  If funding remains as is the District may need to restructure staffing to accommodate.
    • Due to some much appreciated flexibility from our teaching staff and administration, the District plans to cover our Art and Gifted vacancies at MVIS with current staff members. 
    • This restructuring will hopefully provide an opportunity to recruit new staff members to invest in some areas the District has had longstanding goals for expansion.  More information on this in the coming weeks.
  • The reorganization of our Gifted and Art programs did place a strain on the current student interventions we employ in our lower grade levels.  As a result, the Board approved the addition of a Paraprofessional position at MVIS to help sustain these helpful programs.  Similar additions may also be considered in the coming weeks.
  • The Board was pleased to hear from our four building guidance counselors (Leslie Mareth, MVHS; Michelle Cox, MVMS; Gwen Stevens, MVIS; and Susan Willbanks, MVES). These four ladies do a wonderful job filling some of the most difficult positions in our District.  They spoke to the Board about the wide-ranging challenges they face on a daily basis working as a liaison between students, faculty, and parents.
  • Brad Heckman presented to the Board regarding our Instrumental Music program. Our Band program is in the midst of another very successful season.  A highlight of the presentation was a report on the first annual Mountaineer Marching Festival held in October.  This event proved to be a wonderful opportunity for our students to perform close to home and a chance to showcase our facilities while raising funds to supplement the Band budget.  Mr. Heckman also highlighted Spencer Jones for receiving All-State honors for the second consecutive year.  This is an extremely rare recognition as All-State Band and Orchestra are not divided based on school size.
  • In Closed Session:
    • The Board approved Lewis West as a long-term substitute teacher in the Special Education/Alternative Education Department.
    • The Board approved Robert Smith as a custodian at the Middle School.
  • The Board also extended to me an offer of a new two-year contract.  I am grateful for their confidence and thankful for the continued opportunity to serve this District as Superintendent.

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