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Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 February 22, 2017

Board of Education Meeting Recap 2/21/17

Here is the recap from last night's Board of Education meeting

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Staff Meal Pricing for SY2017-18

In reviewing the current USDA regulations for the way staff meals are to be charged for 2017-18, the price will increase to $3.25 for lunch from the current $2.90. Breakfast price will not have an increase and will remain at $1.60.


As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the USDA requires districts to calculate staff meals based on the amount the district receives for full price student meals. This regulation requires the increase for next year to be more than it has been in the past several years. However, this is a one-time jump of this amount. In future years, the rate increase will go back to coinciding with increases for students as needed per regulations.


Questions regarding this should be directed to Joyce Fenner x2406.


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Bowls for Bright Futures

Tuesday, March 7th, 4:30-7pm

639 North Wade Street

Mexico, MO

"Bowls for BRIGHTfutures"
Mexico Middle School Art Department, Mexico High School Art Department, and Mexico High School FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) will be hosting the Second Annual event called "Bowls for BRIGHTfutures". The event will take place on March 7, 2017 from 430 to 7 pm in the Mexico High School Cafeteria. Attendees will choose a bowl handmade by MMS & MHS art students, and then eat a meal from the bowl, which is theirs to keep. For a meal, there will be soups handmade by FCCLA students. Everyone is welcome to attend.
There will also be other art items available for raffle. All proceeds benefit BRIGHTfutures Mexico. For more information, contact Alicia Pigg at apigg@mexico.k12.mo.us or Jo Ann Diffenderfer at jdiffenderfer@mexico.k12.mo.us

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.

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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