The High School home track meet and High School home baseball game have both been cancelled for today - March 27, 2014.
Mark your calendars!
Versailles Elementary Carnival & Book Fair
Snacks, games, prizes, and books to buy!!
BUY 1 GET 1 Book Fair!!!
Who: All elementary students
(PAT, Pre K – 5th grade and families)
When: Friday, April 25th
5:00 – 7:00 (Come & Go)
Where: Versailles Elementary
Versailles Choir students attended the district large group choir contest Saturday, March 22nd, in Jefferson City. All three choirs received outstanding ratings. Chamber Choir received an exemplary rating from one of the judges. Concert and Ladies Choirs were outstanding overall and also did outstanding in sight reading. The students received complementary remarks from adult workers who spoke highly of their overall behavior and respectful attitude.
Way to go Tigers!
1st Annual Light Up the Laps Tiger Elementary 5k to take place on Friday, April 25th directly after the reading carnival at the high school track. 5k walk/run pre-registration form due back to the elementary by April 4th. To register, click on the button at the bottom of the page.
To register click here.
We are proud of our band and choir students! Way to go Tigers!
Morgan County R-II band students competed and performed at School of the Osage for the Tri-County Music Festival this past Saturday, March 8, 2014.
The Tiger Pride Band received a rating of “Outstanding “ with a performance of “distinctive quality”.
We also had a few Solo and Small Ensemble performances on Saturday as well.
Carson Kincaid Trumpet Solo- “Outstanding” Rating
Jack Troyer Snare Drum Solo- “Outstanding” Rating
Billi Martensen Alto Saxophone Solo- “Outstanding” Rating
Sydney Troyer Trombone Solo- “Outstanding” Rating
Kaytlynn Korn Trombone Solo- “Satisfactory” Rating
Versailles Clarinet Trio (Crystal Roach, Ashley Luetjen, Alainya Schuster)- “Outstanding” Rating
Versailles High School Choir took over 80 students to School of the Osage Saturday, March 8th to represent our community and school district. Thank you to the large group of parents who came and supported the students and helped out.
Here are the results of the day:
1s – All three large choirs, 3 small groups - Wagner Mixed, Tomblinson Mixed, Sophomore Ladies, and 5 solos – Kaitlyn Tomblinson, Brittany Liebl, Megan Edwards, Tessa Kislewski, and Alyssa Harlin, Austin Owsley
2s – Owsley Mixed, Humphrey Ladies, Chism Ladies, Green Mixed, Morrison Ladies, Dodge Andersen, Xach Shriver, Micki Letchworth, Zaven Shriver, Ali Lent, Kat Cunningham, Allie Graham, Callie Wagner, Sarah Brandon, Krystal Burnett, Hayley Humphrey, Alyssa McCarty
3s – Jaime Johnson
We need your feedback. We are now in the period of time in which we have used all the snow days designated on our calendar and are making up one day for every two days missed. We are considering amending our calendar to utilize the day after Easter as a make-up. Our other option is to continue to add days after Memorial Day. Please, take a moment to answer this brief survey regarding your preferences.
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Tornado Shelter & Tax Levy Issue
Frequently Asked Questions
The Morgan County R-II School District is asking voters to approve a 15 cent levy increase on the April 8, 2014 ballot “for ongoing operating expenses of the District and costs of constructing and equipping an auditorium that will also serve as a tornado safe room”. I have recently been asked several questions surrounding the shelter project and levy proposal. Here are some of the most frequently asked and their answers.
1. Why do we need a tornado safe room?
Answer: On May 20, 2013 an E-F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma destroying two elementary buildings
with children inside. On May 22, 2011 Joplin, Missouri was hit with an E-F5 tornado that left 161 lives lost. The
school district was devastated along with much of the town. On May 25, 2011 an E-F2 tornado caused enough
damage to schools in Sedalia, Missouri that the school year ended early. On April 2, 2006 an F-4 tornado
destroyed most of the High School in Caruthersville, Missouri and significantly damaged the elementary. More
close to home, on March 12, 2006 an F-3 tornado narrowly missed South Elementary School. According to
usa.com, Missouri is in the top 10 for the most number of tornadoes by state. In addition, according to NOAA,
Missouri and Oklahoma are ranked third for the highest number of deaths at school from tornadoes.
2. If a shelter is important, what about South Elementary School? Are they being left out?
Answer: The District has opted not to include South Elementary School on the current FEMA Grant because of
the lack of population and small amount of funding that would be obtained. However, the 15 cent levy will allow the
District to purchase a shelter for the South Elementary that will not require the same “extra hoops” to jump through
as the FEMA Grant on main campus. The District is looking at other small building grants that are available to
further offset the cost. Regardless, both campuses will have a storm shelter available for all the students.
3. Why build a Performing Arts Center/Auditorium?
Answer: Our District has utilized a Facility and Safety Committee to make recommendations about priority needs
for the District. The Committee recognized a need for an auditorium as early as 2005. The District has
worked hard to provide for the needs of all programs in the district. When the Agriculture program was in need of
expansion and safer equipment, a new FFA building and Greenhouse was constructed. When the football team
was in need of better locker room facilities and weight room, a Sports Complex was constructed. When the District
was no longer eligible to hold track meets because of the poor condition of the track, a new all-weather track was
provided. Last year the District had approximately 239 middle and high students participating in the various
performing arts offered by the District without an adequate place to rehearse and perform. This is not including the
number of elementary students who have not had an adequate facility for music performances that would also
benefit from a Performing Arts Center/Auditorium.
4. What is the current district levy?
Answer: The current Morgan County R-II School District tax levy is $2.75 per $100 assessed valuation.
5. How long has the district levy been at $2.75?
Answer: The Morgan County R-II School District Board of Education first set the levy at $2.75 in August of 1999.
In 1994, the District levy was $2.92 per $100 assessed valuation. In 1999 the district rolled the levy back to the
present $2.75 level.
6. How many people will the shelter hold?
Answer: Shelters at both campuses will be required to house the entire population of students and staff members. At South Elementary School, we are planning for a shelter to house 75 people; there are currently 55 students
at South Elementary School. At the Versailles campus we are planning for a shelter to house approximately 1,700 people. There are currently 1,450 students and 220 staff members.
7. I’ve always heard our district has plenty of money. Why do we need to increase the levy?
Answer: Our district has been fortunate in years past that building projects have been able to be funded in the existing budget. However; since the 2009-2010 school year, the school district has lost (from all
sources combined) a total of approximately $887,575.56 in revenue. We have made proportionate cuts in our
expenditures during the same years. We have taken advantage of retirements and people leaving the district for
various reasons to help ensure we are not top heavy or overloaded on staff. We were able to reduce a total of 22 full
time positions. In addition, we have limited travel to a 60 mile radius (except conference schools) for all sports to
ensure we are not incurring too much transportation cost and have eliminated pep buses from long-distance events. The district eliminated summer school, refrained from purchasing new buses, and cut supply lines over the past few
years. With the reduction in revenue, we are reaching the point where we cannot continue to cover building
improvements that we were once able to cover out of our general operating funds without an increase in revenue.
The 15 cent levy would allow us to continue improvement of the facilities….i.e. the performing arts
8. How much will the 15 cent increase really cost me?
Answer: The following illustration is based on residential property assessed at 19% (State Tax Commission). As
you can see from the table below, an individual owning a home with a fair market value of $75,000 is currently
paying $391.88 in school taxes. With the 15 cent levy, this individual would see an increase of $21.37.
9. Where will the Performing Arts Center/Auditorium be located?
Answer: When submitting for the FEMA grant for the tornado shelter, we used the entire population of main
campus as the basis for the amount of grant revenue it would generate. One of the conditions that we are required
to meet is that the shelter must be able to be reached by the entire population of main campus in less than 5
minutes. We conducted a drill in October 2012 to ensure that we could meet this requirement. We have submitted
two sites to FEMA for a potential building site. The first site is located directly behind the Middle School in the
lower parking lot. The advantage to this site is that it is located closer to the youngest students which ensure they
have less distance to travel. The disadvantage to this site is that the lower parking lot floods which would present
some construction challenges. The alternative site is located at the front of the high school to the west of the front
entrance. Both sites meet the requirement of being accessible to the entire population in less than 5 minutes. To
this date, we have had a preliminary meeting with the architectural and engineering firm for them to evaluate both
sites and begin to put together a recommendation for best location and the associated costs of ensuring the sites
can be prepared properly for construction.
For at least the past fourteen years, the Morgan County R-II School District has utilized a Facility & Safety Committee for recommending needed improvements to the district infrastructure. The committee is comprised of administration, Board of Education members, support staff, community members and parents. This committee looks at incident reports and the location of accidents around the district to identify safety concerns, they look at infrastructure issues including roofing, asbestos tile, and other needs, and academic program needs that can be addressed through the facilities. Over the past few years, there have been a number of tornado incidents around the nation causing the district to look very carefully at student safety in a tornado event.
To give you an overview of the concerns, on May 20, 2013 an E-F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma destroying two elementary buildings with children inside. On May 22, 2011 Joplin, Missouri was hit with an E-F5 tornado that left 161 lives lost. The school district was devastated along with much of the town. On May 25, 2011 an E-F2 tornado caused enough damage to schools in Sedalia, Missouri that the school year ended early. On April 2, 2006 an F-4 tornado destroyed most of the High School in Caruthersville, Missouri and significantly damaged the elementary. More close to home, on March 12, 2006 an F-3 tornado narrowly missed South Elementary School. According to usa.com, Missouri is in the top 10 for the most number of tornadoes by state. In addition, according to NOAA, Missouri and Oklahoma are ranked third for the highest number of deaths at school from tornadoes.
The Morgan County R-II School District first began the process of pursuing a FEMA safe room during the 2011-2012 school year. The Board of Education saw a presentation at the March 2012 regular board meeting about the FEMA project. A Notice of Intent to apply for a grant was filed in April 2012. A community facility survey was conducted in July 2012 to determine what the community perceived as the biggest needs for the district. All surveys supported the idea of addressing a Performing Arts Center at main campus which had been on the Facility Plan since 2005. At South Elementary, the survey showed a need for a gym/multipurpose room. However, the FEMA grant would not provide enough money based on South Elementary population to address this need so the district has been investigating other strategies to provide a tornado shelter at South Elementary. A campus-wide evacuation drill was conducted October 8, 2012 to ensure that the entire main campus could evacuate to the potential FEMA sites in less than 5 minutes. The grant was submitted in October 2012 and approval was received in December 2013. The challenge for the district now is to ensure that the shelter can be utilized for more than storms. To this extent the district is pursuing a 15 cent levy increase to provide for the expenses over the construction cost.
Congratulations to our Morgan County R-II Mathletes!
On Saturday, March 1st the district had 25 students representing the Morgan County R-II School District in the locally held math contest. School districts from the mid-Missouri area also participated. Many of our students won ribbons for 1st through 10th place, individually, in their grade level.
The 5th grade team won 2nd place for their grade level. The 7th grade team took first place for their grade level.
Way to go Mathletes!
The Morgan County R-II School District will be in session tomorrow. Buses will be running snow routes tomorrow - Tuesday, March 4th.