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A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 January 13, 2016

Board of Education approves two issues to be placed on the April 2016 Ballot

At the budget study session held on Monday night, the Board of Education voted to put two issues on the April 2016 Ballot.

1. Bond issue of 15.6+ million that does not raise the debt levy from where it was set in August.

2. Operating tax levy increase of .40 cents for operations, to offset anticipated budget deficits

Current levy is:

$3.3047 operations

$0.8800 debt

$0.0800 capital projects (this gives us money to fix things that break, essentially)

$4.2647 total levy currently

As a reminder, Bond issue/debt service levy money - - can only be used for bricks and furnishings, not people and not supplies.

Operating levy money is people money - it is the money used to pay the bills and salaries.

If the bond issue were to pass, the debt levy would remain unchanged from where it was set in August by the Board of Education.

If the operating tax levy were to pass, the operating levy would go up .40 cents, to approximately $3.70, which raises the total to approximately $4.66. The operating levy is needed due to anticipated deficit spending, in this, and coming years.

Questions about this should be directed to Kevin Freeman.

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.

MSTA Grants and Awards

Click here to view the MSTA Grants and Awards page.

Reminder: Board Candidate filing ends January 19th at 5:00 p.m.

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.

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.