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Gasconade County R-I School Board Announces Hiring Of New Superintendent

HERMANN, Mo. – Wednesday night the Gasconade County R-I Board of Education announced the hiring of Dr. Tracey Hankins, who will replace outgoing superintendent Dr. Chris Neale. Hankins will officially join the district on July 1, 2015.

Brenda Bader, Board President said, “The Board is very pleased to welcome Dr. Hankins to the top leadership post in our school district. Dr. Hankins has a strong skill set and a record of significant success in her previous positions. We welcome Dr. Hankins to our school and community and look forward to our continued success and progress under her leadership.”

Franklin County R-2 And PTO Team Up To Host Family Reading Nights

Pictures from February’s reading night are courtesy of Teresa Poe.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Franklin County R-2 has been taking steps to encourage students to read more by getting family members involved through a Family Reading Night held monthly.

Each month a different theme is chosen as a way to help broaden student’s knowledge on the many different types of books.  February’s theme reading night theme was “Mixed Up Fairy Tales”, which was held on the 24th.

ECC To Name Building In Honor Of Founding President

The Multi Purpose building, is pictured in the foreground will be named after founding President. (Photo courtesy of East Central College.)

UNION, Mo. - The East Central College board of trustees unanimously resolved at their March 2 meeting to rename the Multipurpose Building after Dr. Don Shook.  Shook was ECC’s first and longest serving president.

A naming policy instituted in 2009 states that the board may consider naming honors for an individual who had a significant, lasting and measurable impact on the college.  Board president Jim Perry noted that it’s appropriate to honor Shook in this manner based on his long-term commitment to the college.

Shook was hired in August of 1968 to lead East Central Junior College; a position he would hold for the next 18 years.  During that time enrollment grew from 470 when the first classes started in September of 1969 to 2,973 students in the fall of 1986. 

Gasconade County R-1 Schools Receive A Coover Regional Grant

CFO Board Treasurer Roger D. (Dusty) Shaw presents a Coover grant to Chris Neale along with CFO board member Karen Miller and Commerce Trust Vice President Jill Reynolds. (Photo courtesy of Community Foundation of the Ozarks)

--The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, awarded $10,000 to Gasconade County R-1 Schools at the 2015 Coover Regional Grants ceremony in Springfield.

The funding will be used to partner with the Hermann Regional Economic Development Corporation to develop the "Live Hermann" campaign to market area job opportunities to young residents so they don't feel they have to leave Hermann to find post-graduate employment.

High School Students Invited to Math, Science and Engineering Career Event at ECC

UNION, Mo. - The Transfer Engineering Department at East Central College will host a Math and Science Career Night for high school students from the area Wednesday, October 22.  The annual event is co-sponsored by Missouri University of Science & Technology and will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Training Center on the ECC campus in Union.

Gasconade County R-I School Board Receives 2014 MSBA Governance Team Award

Pictured:(right) Board member and MSBA Delegate for the Gasconade County R-I School Board, Ken Lerbs, accepts the award from Executive Director of MSBA Dr. Carter Ward. (Photo courtesy of Superintendent Chris Neale)

HERMANN, Mo. - The Gasconade County R-I School Board was one of Twenty-One Missouri School Board to receive the Missouri School Board Association’s Governance Team Award.

This prestigious award is based on those school boards’ outstanding commitment to ongoing professional development in areas such as student achievement, school law, finance, board operations, and contemporary issues in education.

Union FFA Receives A Top Chapter Awards

COLUMBIA, Mo. - On Friday the Union FFA placed 20th out of 334 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year.

Chapter activity awards, sponsored by FCS Financial, are given to chapters achieving excellence in student, chapter and community development. The Union FFA Chapter advisors are Shyla Baxter, Danielle Blair, David Brooks, Heather Eberlin and Kyle Mabury.

Nixon Says Senate Bill 509 Would Drain $620 Million From Public Schools

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement regarding data requested by the Missouri School Boards Association showing the impact Senate Bill 509 would have on local school districts across the state.

“These new numbers show that if the legislature succeeds in punching a $620 million hole in our state budget with this unaffordable giveaway to special interests, it’s our students and schools who will pay the price,” Gov. Nixon said. “Senate Bill 509 would drain hundreds of millions of dollars annually out of our K-12 schools -- weakening our economy, undermining our stable business climate, and putting full funding of the foundation formula out of reach. Missourians want good schools and good jobs, not another dangerous scheme to defund our K-12 classrooms.”

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