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A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 January 20, 2016

Board of Education Meeting Recap by Kevin Freeman

Board Meeting

January 19th, 2016

Superintendent’s Notes

  • Remember, the entire board meeting agenda, including all the reports and links, may be viewed at the eBoards link on the district website.
  • The board met for their regularly scheduled meeting at Central Office at 7:00 PM. As it was School Board Recognition week, each board member received a variety of gifts from the buildings.
  • Prior to the regular session, the building administrators met with the board for thirty minutes to discuss and model the NEE evaluation process for teachers.
  • After the meeting was called to order and the agenda adopted, the board viewed the January MSBA report: http://www.msbanet.org/msba-board-report/board-report

  • The MSBA board report included information about:
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) update - - this is the replacement for No Child Left Behind (NCLB). There is a summary sheet in the board meeting reports section.
  • MSBA Legislative Forum in February
  • 2016 Missouri General Assembly begins
  • MSBA Governance Team Award
  • School Board Recognition Week

  • During President’s Comments, Dr. Perll recognized the following donations to the district:

  • Spartan Light Metal Products donated $800.00 for a presentation from the Megan Meier Foundation.
  • Rita Guile donated $25.00 to the Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund.
  • Mertens Construction donated a 6-foot cutter to the Hart Career Center valued at $7,691.00.
  • Barbara McKinney donated $50.00 to the Betty Baker Scholarship Fund.
  • Janis Shaughnessy donated $300.00 to the Betty Baker Scholarship Fund.

  • Other board members made many comments including:
  • January, new semester, appreciate everyone’s hard work,
  • Appreciate the school board recognition gifts,
  • Appreciate the good building reports,
  • The fall athletic report was excellent,
  • Ascending Mexico Professionals, sponsored by the Chamber, the district had over 25 teachers at their last gathering, building connections to the community,
  • Mrs. Borgeson recognized Mr. Freeman for being recognized by the Chamber for their President’s Award
  • Thanks to all the administrators for organizing the recognition week for board members.

  • Consent agenda was approved by the board
  • Individual bills/checks were approved that needed individual approval due to one or board members having to abstain from the vote for those particular items.
  • Building, attendance, and district construction report were presented.
  • The fall athletic report was presented, as were the district health and wellness reports.
  • Much appreciation to those individuals and groups responsible for those reports. Please go to the board agenda and view the athletic report and the wellness reports in particular. Excellent work being completed by students and staff.
  • Board of education filing ended today for the seats occupied by Dr. Rice and Mr. Miller. Filing for the board were Mr. Scott Hobbs and Mrs. Heather DeMint. Since there are only two candidates for two seats, there is no need for an election.
  • The board approved the ballot language for the bond issue to run in April 2016.
  • The board gave tentative approval to name the soccer field for Chris Hotop and the track for Ron Whittaker. Final approval will be in April pending any public comments over the next 90 days.
  • The board closed out the open session by approving the treasurer’s report and the personnel listing.
  • They then adjourned to closed session to discuss the contracts of Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent. Dr. Templeton’s contract was extended a year. Mr. Freeman is under contract through June 2017.

Remember to use #MexMoSnowDay to hashtag photos on Facebook and Twitter.

W-2 forms and Taxes

Please remember do NOT use the information on portal W-2 to file your taxes. Please wait until you receive hard-copy W-2 before filing your taxes. Be sure to submit address changes to the HR Portal. W-2 forms will be mailed/distributed before the IRS deadline of January 31, 2016.

Education Research Highlights From 2015

Check out this article for some really good stuff. Really. Good. Stuff.


2016-2017 Academic Calendar

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

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.

Mexico School District 59 Position Openings



Part-Time Evening welding

Speech Pathologist/Speech Language Pathology Assistant(4)


Bus Drivers & Substitute Bus Drivers

Substitute Food Service Workers

Substitute Nurses

Substitute Teachers

2016-2017 School Year


Mathematics Teacher - MHS


Food Service Worker

The following coaching/extra-duty positions are available for the 2015-2016 school year. Please contact Jeff Anderson x3008 at Mexico High School for additional information.


Assistant Track Coach - MHS

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.

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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.

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.