Prison Sentence

Former Missouri middle school teacher sentenced to 20 years in prison for illicit sex with her student

A former Missouri, middle school teacher was sentenced in federal court for charges related to enticing one of her students to engage in illicit sex. Amanda Ruth Schweitzer, 42, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Schweitzer to 15 years of […]

New Hires

Trenton R-9 Board of Education announces new hires

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education took action on personnel matters after a closed session on November 9, 2021. The school district reports three substitute teachers were hired. They were McKenna Cox, Steve Wells, and Roxanne Schultz. Madison Stahl and Jerika DeWitt were hired as elementary school teachers for the next school year. They do […]

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Missouri’s governor continues attack on reporter who found security flaw in state website

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson once again on Sunday took aim at a reporter who notified the state of a security flaw in one of its websites, questioning the journalist’s motives and noting he’d support the prosecution of any state employee found to have assisted the reporter. In a TV interview with Scott Faughn, […]

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Lawmaker urges Missouri governor to finally appoint cybersecurity commission

(Missouri Independent) – A day after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson garnered national criticism for his push to prosecute a newspaper reporter who discovered a security flaw in a state website, a Democratic lawmaker is urging the governor to appoint members of a cybersecurity commission created by a bill he signed in July. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch informed […]

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Missouri governor vows criminal prosecution of reporter who found flaw in state website

(Missouri Independent) – On Tuesday, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch alerted the state that Social Security numbers of school teachers and administrators were vulnerable to public exposure due to flaws on a website maintained by Missouri’s department of education. The newspaper agreed to hold off publishing any story while the department fixed the problem and […]

Bright Futures

Bright Futures Trenton “Back to School” event serves hundreds

Results have been announced in the recent Grundy County “Back to School” events hosted by Bright Futures Trenton. This was the fourth year for back-to-school activities, and the second year all Grundy County schools were invited to participate. Over 420 volunteer hours by community members on Thursday, August 12, 2021, were logged, with many more […]

George Moore Honored by THS Alumni

George Robert Moore is 2021 Trenton High School Alumni Association Honoree

THS Graduate, Teacher, Coach, Principal, Administrator, and Board of Education Member, and Friend, all are descriptive of this year’s THS Honoree – George Robert Moore. Selected by the THS Class of 1996. George Moore is no stranger to the campuses of the Trenton R-9 School District. George began his educational path at Norton Elementary School, […]

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Audio: University of Missouri partners with 200 MO middle school teachers to create better classroom environment

An effort in the works between a team of University of Missouri researchers and 200 Missouri middle school teachers aims to create a better classroom climate. The team will share what are called prosocial behavior techniques – to help kids understand how their behavior affects others. The goal is also to improve student outcomes and […]

Breastfeeding

New Missouri law mandates private space and break times for breastfeeding teachers

(Missouri Independent) – Eight months after her son was born, Webster Groves High School teacher Jaime Adamski broke down in tears at her doctor’s office.  Her breast milk had declined significantly since she had gone back to work. “I was depressed, angry, frustrated,” she said. “I felt like I was not a good enough mother […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Trenton R-9 Board of Education accepts resignations and hires new employees at special meeting

Personnel actions were announced following Monday mornings’ special meeting of the Trenton R-9 Board of Education, which included resignations and employments. Rebecca Burr has resigned as a 7th-grade social studies instructor. Richard Miller resigned as a paraprofessional. Also was resigning is a cook, Sarah Huffstutter. Those being employed by the Trenton R-9 School District include Kayla […]

Trenton Chamber of Commerce

Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce to honor two individuals, two businesses and one organization at chamber banquet

Two individuals, two businesses, and one organization will be honored by the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce during its annual banquet/meeting on Friday, June 4, at the Black Silo Winery. The five honorees will be recognized for their service to the community, with M.G. Kennedy and Dan Wilford being named Pillars of the Community while […]

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Audio: Stress from the pandemic will cause 10% of Missouri teachers to quit

A Missouri State University survey of eight-thousand K-12 public school teachers says 1 in 10 educators plan to leave the field this year. Doctor Jon Turner, an associate professor at the university, says about 62-percent of those likely to quit point to challenges caused by the coronavirus. He says rural teachers have weathered the pandemic […]

Pleasant View R-6 School

Pleasant View Board of Education approves increase in salaries; approves field trips and announces dates for upcoming activities

The Pleasant View R-6 Board of Education on April 13th approved increasing pay. Non-certified staff wages will go up by 50 cents per hour, and extra-duty contracts will increase by four percent. Base pay for all certified staff will increase by $1,000, which will make the base pay $31,500 for the 2021-2022 school year. The […]

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North Mercer Board of Education continues contract with Principal Wes Guilkey

The North Mercer R-3 Board of Education continued a two-year contract for Preschool through 12th Grade Principal Wes Guilkey the evening of February 10th. The final salary is to be determined. Science Teacher Dan Martin was offered a contract to coach the academic team. A contract was offered to Preschool Teacher Joanne Fisher to be […]

Trenton R-9 School District

While tackling busy agenda, Trenton R-9 Board of Education hears concerns regarding Kids Wrestling Club

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education were provided with information on various topics the evening of February 9th. Spring parent-teacher Conferences are scheduled for March 11th. School will be dismissed early that day, and the conferences will be held virtually. There will be no school March 12th or 15th. Superintendent Mike Stegman reported the dates […]