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Missouri Education Department proposes $8.5 billion FY2022 budget

The Missouri Board of Education has voted today in favor of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) $8.5 billion proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning next July. The plan is a slim increase over the current budget year – about $26.8 million. “FY22 almost certainly will be a challenging revenue year, […]

Pleasant View R-6 School

Pleasant View Board of Education increases tax rate; re-opening plan reviewed

The Pleasant View R-6 Board of Education increased the tax rate on the evening of Tuesday, August 11th. The tax rate will be $4.9508. That is up by 14.14 cents from the previous rate. During the regular meeting, the board adopted the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Special Education Compliance Plan. Items approved included […]

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What’s coming to Netflix in August of 2020

August is typically a slow month for TV series and a dumping ground for movies, and Netflix Inc. doesn’t seem to be immune from that trend. Notable additions include new seasons of international series such as Denmark’s post-apocalyptic drama “Rain” (Aug. 6), Spain’s period drama “High Seas” (Aug. 7), and Brazil’s dystopian thriller “3%” (Aug. […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Audio: Trenton R-9 Superintendent discusses safety protocols for bus transportation, band and choir

The Trenton R-9 School District has announced several proposed practices to allow for students to attend classes, in-person five days a week, beginning late next month. These include temperature checks and the wearing of masks for all students and staff. Trenton R-9 Superintendent Mike Stegman discusses safety protocols for school bus transportation and proposed practices […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol to begin written testing for all classes of licenses

 The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that effective May 4, 2020, driver testing services will expand to include: Written testing for all classes of licenses Commercial driver license skills testing (pre-trip, basic, and road) However, non-CDL road testing is not included in this phase of service reinstatement. Those requiring the skills test for a […]

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Two north Missouri school districts to receive EPA funds to replace school buses

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $1,000,000 to 23 Missouri school districts and one Missouri school bus transportation company to replace older diesel school buses. Two area school districts will receive funding including Linn County R-1 of Purdin who will receive $40,000 for two buses and Winston R-6 is to receive […]

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Audio: Governor Parson restricts another $47 million in current state budget

Governor Parson is freezing another 47 million dollars in the current state budget to help Missouri fight the coronavirus. The largest chunks of funding being withheld are nearly 16 million dollars to K through 12 education and 7.1 million in school bus transportation. During Monday’s virtual briefing, Parson says the restrictions will be felt by […]

Grundy R-5 School

Grundy R-5 Board of Education reviews insurance coverage

The Grundy County R-5 Board of Education reviewed the Missouri United School Insurance Council umbrella insurance options for the district on Wednesday evening. A purchase was approved for an additional umbrella policy of $4,000,000 costing $1,133. The 2018-2019 audit was approved, with no concerns expressed by the auditor. The board reviewed prices to replace copiers […]

Gilman City School

Gilman City Board of Education will continue to pay 100% of employee health insurance premiums

The Gilman City R-4 Board of Education has approved continuing to pay 100% of employees’ health insurance for a deductible of $5,000. Bookkeeper Tori Wideman reports the district will pay $452.03 per employee, which is a 52 cent increase from last year. Employees have an option for a buy-up plan with a deductible of $3,000 […]