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  • Educator Workshop Series

    Dr. Mike Schooley, Executive Director, of the Missouri Association of Elementary Principals, passed this flyer on to me to share with our members.  

    Educator Workshop Series - Presented by MU Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and MAESP

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  • MARE Welcomes Fordland R-III and Oak Hill R-I as MARE Member School Districts

    The Missouri Association of Rural Education is very pleased to welcome both Fordland R-III School District and Oak Hill R-I School District back as a MARE Member School Districts  Fordland R-III School District is located in Fordland, Missouri which is in Webster County.  The district has a K-12 enrollment of 569 students.  Chris Ford serves as the Superintendent in Fordland.  Oak Hill R-I School District is located in Salem, Missouri which is in Dent County.  The elementary district has an enrollment of 142 students in grades K-8. Doug Dunn serves as the Superintendent there.   Please join me in welcoming Fordland R-III and Oak Hill R-I back to MARE.  

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  • Make Plans Now to Attend - 2017 MARE/MO K-8 Conference

    It is hard to believe that the 2017 MARE/MO K-8 Conference is less than eight (8) weeks away.  One of our goals for the organization is to grow the annual conference in terms of number of attendees, vendors and sessions available.  I encourage you to make plans now to attend this year's event which will be held Wednesday, October 18th (1:00 p.m. - Opening General Session) through Friday, October 20th (11:00 a.m. - Closing Session) at the beautiful Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri.  The conference registration fee which includes the meal package is just $165.00 per person.   As part of the annual conference, MARE also provides the required Board Training program for newly elected or appointed Board members.  Linked below is a copy of the "Conference Planner at a Glance", a Conference Registration Form and a Board Training Registration Form.  If you have questions regarding the conference, please don't hesitate to call our office at (660) 747-8050.  I hope to see you in October!

    "Conference Planner at a Glance"

    Conference Registration Form

    MARE Board Training Registration Form

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  • MUSIC Annual Fall Legal Workshops

    Check out the information pasted below regarding the Fall Legal Workshops provided by MUSIC.  


    MUSIC Legal Liability Fall Workshops will be conducted by Tom Mickes through our partnership with Missouri Consultants for Education. Registration is now open on the MUSIC member website and can be accessed from the homepage or the Events tab.

    The topics this year focus on several timely staff and student issues that will assist you in protecting your district or college from potential risk of litigation. We encourage you to include all administrative staff and any board members who may benefit from this training.


    1. What to do When Society's Protests Arrive at Your School:  Critical First Amendment Issues

    2. Bullying/Student Suicide: Awareness, Prevention Policy, and Protecting your Staff in Suicide Related Litigation

    3.  Who do I Call and When Should I Call?  Review of All Mandating Reporting Requirements


    • *Monday, September 11, 2017
    CLINTON CO R-III (PLATTSBURG)  10 a.m. – noon
    High School Auditorium, 603 W. Frost St.

    • Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    WENTZVILLE  9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    Board of Education Conference Center (NEW LOCATION!)
    280 Interstate Drive

    • Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    MOBERLY #66  9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    High School Prof. Dev. Room, 1625 Gratz Brown Road

    • Monday, September 25, 2017
    BOLIVAR  1 p.m. – 3 p.m
    High School Auditorium (NEW LOCATION!)
    1401 N. Highway D

    • Thursday, September 28, 2017
    POPLAR BLUFF  9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    Kay Porter Theater, 1110 North Westwood

    • Friday, September 29, 2017
    ROLLA  9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    Rolla Public Schools D. Kent King Administration Building
    500 Forum Drive

      Register Now!  

    Missouri United School Insurance Council

    12444 Powerscourt Drive,
    Suite 500
    St. Louis MO, 63131

    © 2017 MUSIC All Rights Reserved.

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  • "Close a Rural School, Hurt a Rural Community," by Mara Casey Tieken - Published August 14, 2017 in The Daily Yonder

    Many of those associated with rural schools across our great state are well aware of the importance of maintaining the local school within the rural community.  Take a look at the article linked here written by Mara Casey Tieken in The Daily Yonder for her perspective on this important issue.

    "Close a Rural School, Hurt a Rural Community"

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  • Legal Articles

    Various representatives from the legal firms that support MARE as Associate Members have agreed to provide us with timely legal articles on a variety of issues that face Missouri public schools and their leaders.  I would encourage you to check this site often for the most recent additions to the listing.  Share this information with others within your district and in neighboring districts so that everyone is "in the know" concerning relevant legal matters.  Special thanks to our friends at MIckes O'Toole, LLC, EdCounsel, LLC, Guin Mundorf, LLC and Tueth Keeney, LLC.  

    "Limitations on Working After Retirement: It's Not Just for Employees Anymore" by Kristen O'Neal with EdCounsel, LLC

    "How to Process a Continuous Wage Garnishment under the New Rules" by Johanna Shallenberger, Mickes O'Toole, LLC

    "Meal Charge Policies: Addressing Unpaid Balances" by Ryan VanFleet with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Missouri Human Rights Act Changes" by Brian Mayer with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Dealing with the Spearin Doctrine: Drafting Disclaimers" by Ryan VanFleet with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Student Drug Testing Policies: What Districts Should Know" by Danielle McAfee with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Student Searches" by Brian Mayer with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Legislating Bullying: A Brave New World" by Natalie Hoernschmeyer, Esq. with MIckes O'Toole, LLC

    "Tis the Season - Election Season That Is" by Christi Swick with Mickes O'Toole, LLC


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    2017 MARE Scholarship Golf Tournament

    The 2017 MARE Scholarship Golf Tournament was held on Tuesday, August 1st at the beautiful Osage National Golf Courses in Lake Ozark, Missouri. This year we had twenty (20) teams participating in the event.  The weather was amazing and the entire crew at Osage National was awesome. Proceeds from the event are dedicated to providing scholarship funds for students who plan to become teachers and return to rural Missouri schools to teach.  This past year, through the generous support of our corporate sponsors, hole sponsors, players and other patrons MARE was able to award $23,000.00 in scholarships.  Our plan is to grow the financial support for the tournament so that we can offer even more scholarships next year.  Corporate sponsors for this year include the following:

    CTS Group - Founding Collaborator Sponsor

    L.J. Hart & Company - Gold Flight Sponsor 

    Mickes O'Toole, LLC - Bronze Level Sponsor

    Guin Mundorf, LLC - Bronze Level Sponsor                                                                                                   Click to view slides!

    Forrest T. Jones & Company - Bronze Level Sponsor                                                                                

    MEUHP - Bronze Level Sponsor

    Missouri Education Health Group (Valentine Insurance) - Bronze Level Sponsor

    American Fidelity Assurance Company - Bronze Level Sponsor

    Hole Sponsors & Long Drive Sponsors Included:  Inter-State Studios, Parallel Education, EdCounsel, LLC, MRTA, Forrest T. Jones, McKinstry, MUSIC, EduOptimus, Claim Care, Inc., OpTerra, An Engie Company, George K. Baum & Company, IMS & Student Transcripts Now, Tueth Keeney, LLC, Midwest Digital Systems, Central States Bus Sales, Reynolds Construction & Commercial Roofing, Pro Energy Solutions and GRP Mechanical.

    Flight A Winners - CTS Team 3 - Bob Bennett, Brad Hanson, Danny Dewitt and Allen Woods

    Flight A Runner-Up - MEHG Team 2 - Jason Weydert, Gabe Edgar, Matt Finch and Troy Clawson

    Flight B Winners - IMS & Student Transcripts Now Team - Vince Fuemmeler, Zach Templeton, Chuck Garner and Dave Wilkenson

    Flight B Runner-Up - CTS Team 2 - Randy Smith, John Kelsh, Mark Stanton and Lance Massey

    Closest to the Pin Winners - Dave Wilkenson, Vince Fuemmeler, Eric Hoyt and Randy Smith

    Longest Drive Winner - Joel Gundelfinger

    Make plans now to participate in the 2018 MARE Scholarship Golf Tournament. The date will be Tuesday, July 31st with a shotgun start planned for 12:30 p.m.  The location has not been finalized at this time!  

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    2017 American Legion Boys State


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    July 2017                                                                                                      Contact: MBS Headquarters                                                                                                                             1-877-342-5627         




    (WARRENSBURG, MO) – Lane Michael Floyd from Bowling Green High School and Luke Rhodes from Richland High School, both sponsored by the Missouri Association of Rural Education, were among 986 outstanding Missouri students to participate in the 78th session of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri program held June 17-24 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.


    Missouri Boys State is designed to educate and train young leaders in functional citizenship, leadership, and government.   The student leaders, “citizens”, combine their knowledge and skills to build an entire operational state government in a single week which includes electing city, county, and state officials.  Boys State is a pure democracy in that all citizens may vote and are eligible to hold office.  Participants fully engage in activities during the eight-day program as they gain an understanding of government, learn about their rights and responsibilities as citizens, and enhance their leadership and citizenship skills. 


    Floyd and Rhodes were nominated to attend this once in a lifetime experience by their high schools and selected based on their academics, leadership, citizenship, and character.  As a sponsor, the Missouri Association of Rural Education afforded Floyd and Rhodes the opportunity to participate in A Week to Shape a Lifetime - Missouri Boys State by funding the program fee.


    Floyd (son of Sharon Floyd and Raymond Floyd) participates in the A+ Program and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council.  He is on the Honor Roll and earned an Academic Letter.  Floyd participates in Football and is employed.  During the week of Boys State, Floyd was a Citizen of Duggan City and a Member of the Federalist Party.  He attended the Legislative School where he gained an understanding of state-level government.  He was elected and fulfilled the duties as a Senator and also served as the Senate Committee Vice-Chairman.  Floyd was actively involved in the Senate on the Ways and Mean Committee.  In addition, he served as a Delegate to the County Committee, Ward I and as the County Committee Chairman where ran the County Caucus and helped lead the County Party rally.  He assisted Duggan City in earning 2nd Place in the City Athletic Competition which included a variety of sports and a quiz bowl. 


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    Rhodes (son of Cindy and Jim Rhodes) participates in the A+ Program, Band, College Bound Program, Foreign Language - Spanish, Rodeo/Roping, and Quiz Bowl.  He is a member of the Beta Club (earned first place state awards and participated in the national-level competition), Family Career & Community Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, Trap Shooting Team, and Pep Club.  Rhodes serves as a member of the Student Council, Class Officer, and Vice President for the FFA.  He is on the Honor Roll and has earned an Academic Letter.  Rhodes is also an athlete and participates in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, and Track and is employed.  At Missouri Boys State, Rhodes was a Citizen of Clark City and a Member of the Nationalist Party.  He attended the Law Enforcement School and was elected a the Sheriff for Barton County.  He also served as a Policeman, Ward II and Delegate to County Committee, Ward II.


    During Boys State and along with all participants, Floyd and Rhodes were involved in a wide variety of educational and recreational activities and heard inspirational talks from and asked questions of both state and national leaders.  Speakers for the 2017 session included:  Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (Missouri Boys State Alum - 1991); Former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski (Missouri Boys State Alum - 1958 and honored as the Missouri Boys State 2017 Alumnus of the Year); Former CIA Director John Brennan; Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway; and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. 


    The entire Boys State staff is comprised of educational, legal, professional, and civic leaders who volunteer their time each year.  Missouri Boys State is a 501(c)(3) organization and is a Missouri American Legion program.  Students have the opportunity to participate in this nationally recognized program due to sponsors, like MARE.  Sponsors are critical to the continued success of the program since students and their families are not allowed to pay any portion of the program fee.  Organizations, businesses, and individuals interested in becoming a sponsor are encouraged to contact the Missouri Boys State Headquarters at 1-877-342-5627.


    Students who will be juniors during the 2017-18 academic year and are interested in participating should contact their High School counselor and visit the Missouri Boys State website at www.moboysstate.org.  The 2018 session will be held June 16-23.  Informational presentations by a Boys State staff member may be requested by contacting the Missouri Boys State Headquarters at 1-877-342-5627 or email bettie.rusher@moboysstate.org.

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