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Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 February 1, 2017

Employee Health Screening

Friday, Feb. 17th, 7:30am-4pm

2101 Lakeview Road

ALL EMPLOYEES and RETIREES COVERED UNDER MEXICO SCHOOLS ANTHEM HEALTH INSURANCE:

Health Screening event is coming soon!

Date: Friday, February 17, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Central Office Board Room

Eligible: Mexico School employees and retirees with Anthem Health coverage through Mexico Schools (sorry, spouses and dependents are not eligible, even if covered on your plan)

Sign up online: https://maximwellness.bioiq.com , Click on "Sign-up Now!", Choose "No, this is my first time." (logging in this way will work even if you participated last year). Complete registration entering Invitation Code "Mexico2017" when prompted.


This health screening is open to all employees and retired employees who have Anthem Health Insurance coverage through the Mexico School District. Sorry, spouses and dependents are not eligible. For more information email Amber Henderson at ahenderson@mexico.k12.mo.us or call her at x2411.


Take 15 minutes to know your numbers!

Click here for more information/registration step-by-step.

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Teachers - Use TalentEd for Transfer requests

Teachers -- it is nearly hiring season again and that means the possibilities for openings in the district. Below is the process you need to follow in regards to transfer requests to another teaching position.

Process: (Transfer requests are now done on TalentEd. No paperwork needs to be sent to the principal)

A. 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.

B. 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. All openings will be handled on a case by case basis.

Please contact Bethany Collis if you have questions on filling out an internal application.

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Gigabit Internet is coming to Mexico, Missouri

From the February 2017 Mexico Chamber of Commerce Newsletter:


Phynx Fiber, a new division of Kingdom Telephone Company, has begun an extensive project to install a gigabit fiber optic network in Mexico, Missouri. Construction on the network began in 2016 and Phynx is currently reaching out to various neighborhoods throughoutMexico to gauge interest to determine which areas will receive access first.


“With this service, Mexico will be among an elite few cities in Missouri who can claim Internet connectivity at speeds as fast as anywhere in the world,” said Phynx Fiber Director of Operations Caleb Pashia. Our subscribers won’t be limited by bandwidth or inconsistent connection speeds, allowing them to operate multiple devices, watch uninterrupted TV streaming, keep up with the increasing bandwidth demands of online games, and use the internet in ways never before imagined”


Phynx Fiber will be launching first in the neighborhoods with the most demand. Their website, www.getmexicofiber.com , encourages residents to check availability of gigabit fiber Internet at their home and indicate interest in the service. Once enough people in a neighborhood have expressed interest, that neighborhood will be opened for signups. An interactive map is also available, allowing residents to track progress of their neighborhood all the way through the build-out.


This is the first of many planned deployments of gigabit fiber Internet to select underserved rural communities in Missouri. “This network upgrade in Mexico will bring broadband Internet speeds that Mexico residents have never before seen,” said Pashia. “Not only does it have the potential to increase the quality of life for community members, but it will also enhance opportunities for economic growth.”


About Phynx Fiber Phynx Fiber is a part of Kingdom Telephone Company. Kingdom was established is 1954 to provide voice services to rural Callaway County. Kingdom has been providing Internet services since the mid 90’s and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) since 2010.

Retirement reminder

For those getting ready to retire in 2017, in order to be paid for your sick leave (maximum 100 days); anyone wishing to retire must have their notice into Bethany Collins by one of the following days, per Board policies GCPC and GDPC:


Certified Staff: March 1, 2017

Support Staff: March 18, 2017 (for those retiring on the last day of school)


NOTE: 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.


ALSO NOTE: This is only for retiring employees; resigning employees are not eligible for the sick leave payout benefit.

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