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A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 February 17, 2016

Board of Education meeting recap by Kevin Freeman, Superintendent of Schools

Board of Education Meeting - Regular Session 2/16/2016

Superintendent’s Notes

  • The entire agenda can be viewed at the eBoards link on the district web page at the bottom. Each of the reports, etc… can be viewed from the agenda.
  • The meeting was called to order and the pledge recited. After moving personnel to closed session and bids to new business, the consent agenda was adopted. There was no staff and patron input on agenda items. The MSBA board report was played for the board and audience.

February 2016 MSBA Report

President's Comments

  • Howard and Linda Miedler donated $20.00 to the Betty Baker Scholarship Fund.
  • Thanks for school board recognition notes and gifts from each board member.
  • Thanks to the taxpayers as the district received its tax check from the county.
  • Congratulations to wrestling team as well as all the student successes happening around the district.
  • There is a possibility of funding via school nurses coalition for funding for a systems thinking simulation for board and administrators. More to come.
  • Dr. Rice thanked the district for the plant on behalf of his sister.

The consent agenda was approved which included minutes from last month, bills, setting building usage fees, HCC tuition and meal prices for next year. Some items were declared surplus. Remember, all surplus items are listed on the district eBay site.

  • Bills that need separate authorization where approved.
  • Building reports were presented and questions about Aimsweb data answered.
  • MS wins the attendance war this month, topping 96%
  • January enrollment was 2,240 students
  • Salary and Welfare Committee presented to the board
  • A brief update of legislation that could impact the budget was presented. The district will be meeting with the health insurance consortium also in the next two weeks to find out what kind of a health insurance increase we may receive. Remember we’ve not had an increase in the past two years.
  • Under New Business, the Treasurer’s Report was approved. The district received payment from the county for 2015 taxes and the ending fund balances for January were just over 41%. This is the time of year of our highest fund balances as we only receive the county payment once a year.
  • Also, under new business a bid for new wireless access points for the district as accepted, pending the acquisition of eRate funding. eRate is a federal program with a goal of funding connectivity in schools. If eRate is received, it would pay for 80% of the cost of the new access points.

In closed session, the personnel listing was approved as presented and administrators were hired for the coming year.


Applications are now being accepted for Summer School 2016!

June 1st through June 24th


Brad Ellebracht - Mexico High School

Desiree Pezley- Mexico Middle School

Julie Lower - Eugene Field Grades 3rd through 5th

Brandon Schafer - Hawthorne Grades K through 2nd





Only online applications will be accepted. For more information, please call Jan Dempsey at 573-581-3773 x2404. Anyone interested in substituting also needs to complete this process.

Please make sure any employees who do not access the email system are made aware of this opportunity.

Application deadline is Monday, February 29th, 2016!!!

Speech & debate results from New Bloomfield

Speech & debate results from New Bloomfield from coach Sara Given. The team placed 3rd overall.

Brooke Ransom 2nd place oratory, Angela Walch 4th place storytelling, Kylie Yeast 3rd place prose and 1st place humorous, Andrew Kristofferson 4th place humorous, Leon Brown and Andrew Kristofferson 3rd place duet, Lina Gravemeyer 3rd place dramatic, Broke Ransom and Emma Chedwick 6th place improv, Matt Baker 8th place radio and Clara Matiolli 6th place 6th place poetry.

Hart Career Center had a successful run at the SkillsUSA District Competition

Hart Career Center had a successful run at the SkillsUSA District Competition! The following students placed. The ones with an ** will also be competing at the State Level March 31-April 1 at State Technical College in Linn, MO. They will also have some additional competitors at the state level that are undetermined. HCC will be taking approximately 45 students to state competition. The students were a great representation of HCC and their home high schools at Districts!

3D Visualization and Animation:

2nd place team: Joshua Tessman (Mexico) **

Antonio Williams (Mexico) **

Advertising Design:

2nd: Miriam Cortez (Mexico) **

Advertising Design Technical Information:

1st: Emily McKenzie (Mexico) **

2nd: Amber Dowty (Mexico) **

3rd: Sabrina Wright (Paris) **


Post Seconary:

1st: Anthony Niessel **

Carpentry Technical Information:

Post Secondary:

1st Anthony Niessel **


3rd Levi Farly (Fulton)

Computer Repair Technical Information:

1st Ryan White (Mexico) **

3rd Andrew Snodgrass (VanFar) **

3rd Richard Beatty (VanFar) **

Cosmetology Technical Information:

Post Secondary:

1st Elizabeth Bedrosian **


1st Grayson Mayhew (Mexico) **

2nd Jessica Staples (Paris) **

3rd Taylor Alexander (Mexico) **

Diesel Equipment Technical Information:

1st Trenton DeTienne (VanFar) **

3rd Bryan Pazdera (Montgomery) **


1st Austin Barnett (Mexico) **

Information Technology Services

2nd: Andrew Snodgrass (VanFar) **

Interactive Application and Video Game Development:

3rd place team: Zachary Littrell (Mexico) **

Levi Duncan (Mexico) **

Camille Manayan (North Callaway) **

Job Interview:

1st Andrew Snodgrass (VanFar) **

2nd Tyrina Goodwin (Paris) **

Job Skill Demonstration A

1st Shelby Allen (Mexico) **

3rd Dalton Buie (VanFar) **

Job Skill Demonstration O

1st Jace Gay (VanFar) **

Nurse Assisting

3rd Katie Emmer (Fulton)

Nurse Assisting Technical Information:

2nd Katie Emmer (Fulton) **

Related Technical Math:

2nd Spencer Harris (Mexico) **

3rd Greg Bell (Montgomery)


3rd Zach Groves (Mexico)

Welding Technical Information:

2nd Jesse Esslinger (Montgomery)

3rd Zach Groves (Mexico) **

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Transfers and hiring process

Teachers -- it is nearly hiring season again. We have received one announced retirement and history tells me we'll have a couple more. There is no longer a March 1st deadline to request a transfer to another building. Instead, all openings will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

If an opening becomes available in your own building that you are interested in, you just need to talk to your principal about the process. If an opening becomes available in a different building, then you need to fill out an internal application in TalentEd so that principal and Central Office know you have an interest.

There are no guarantees on transfer requests. Every situation is different and we will try to do what is best for kids in the long run.

Bethany Collins

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education Secretary.

Considering Retirement?

In order to be paid for your sick leave (maximum 100 days); anyone wishing to retire must have their notice into the Superintendent's Office by one of the following days, per Board Policies GCPC and GDPC:

Certified Staff: March 1, 2016

Support Staff: March 21, 2016 (for those retiring on the last day of school).

Those retiring on any other day then the last day of school will need to give 60 days notice in order to receive payment for sick leave.

CTA's Scholarship Fundraiser: Turkey Turnover Dinner

Friday, Feb. 19th, 5-7pm

639 North Wade Street

Mexico, MO

Community Teacher's Association's Scholarship Fundraiser: Turkey Turnover Dinner

When: February 19th from 5:00-7:00 PM

Where: MHS Cafeteria

Price: $5.00 (tickets are on sale now)

CTA staff members are currently selling at every building and will be available to purchase at the door the night of the dinner.

Mexico School District 59 Position Openings



Part-Time Evening welding

Speech Pathologist/Speech Language Pathology Assistant(4)


Summer Paint Crew

Bus Drivers & Substitute Bus Drivers

Substitute Food Service Workers

Substitute Nurses

Substitute Teachers

2016-2017 School Year


Mathematics Teacher - MHS

Spanish - MHS

English - MHS

Title I Teaching Assistant


Food Service Worker

MSTA Ambassador of Higher Education Application

Click the link above to apply to be an MSTA Ambassador of Higher Education

2016-2017 Academic Calendar

Click the link above to see the 2016-2017 Academic Calendar.

Instructional Resources

Gina Gilman, Sue Nixon, Elaine Hansett and Casey Echelmeier compiled this information for everyone to use. Click the above link to connect to their site.

K-5 Math Help

Click the above link to get to the short article about ConnectEd and Everyday Math resources. Information is also on each Elementary School's page on the link called "Classroom Pages"

Instructional Technology Blog

Click here for Casey Echelmeier's blog postings.


Click here to view the school district's calendar via Google Calendar.

MSTA Grants and Awards

Click here to view the MSTA Grants and Awards page.

Mexico Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Here is a link to the current Mexico Chamber of Commerce Newsletter for your information.

MHS Growl is now online

There are several featured pages on the Growl website. Be sure to check it out each week. They publish a new edition each Friday.

Bulldog Bytes

Bulldog Bytes will be available in your in box each Wednesday (with some exceptions around Thanksgiving, Christmas, & Summer break). Send items to be published to jdiffenderfer@mexico.k12.mo.us. These items can be wedding photos, birth announcements/photos, fund raisers for sports and civic clubs, and other district wide communication needs.