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  • MUSIC Required Training Information Update and Reminder

    As you gear up for the 2018-2019 school year, we know you have a lot to prepare!

    MUSIC provides several training resources to help make it just a little bit easier. 

    You can view this document to see the Missouri training requirements, and what MUSIC offers you through SafeSchools.  

    MUSIC requires all members who have contact with minors to complete the MUSIC Sexual Misconduct: Staff to Student online training. The Smarter Adults Safer Children training, previously available via DVD and online video, is no longer available and has been replaced with the MUSIC Sexual Misconduct: Staff to Student online training.  If training is not done by staff and a sexual misconduct loss occurs, the district will be subject to a $100,000 deductible per claim.  Please keep records of group training, as these records will be needed for deductible to be waived.  These records can be uploaded within your LMS through SafeSchools.

    Here are the steps in order to ensure an effective training process:

    1. If your school staff has NOT been previously set up in SafeSchools, you will need to gather all the necessary data for your staff and submit it so they can be added to the system.
    a. To do this, please utilize this document, input the requested data, and submit to Jessica Conley at Jessica_conley@ajg.com.
    b. At that time, you will receive further instructions

    2. If school staff IS set up in SafeSchools already, the training administrator for your school can assign the training to staff learning plans, which will prompt them to complete the training.
    a. For details on how to assign training to staff, add or remove users, or pull reports, please utilize this document

    Should you have any further questions or concerns for anything regarding training, please reach out to Jessica Conley at Jessica_conley@ajg.com or by direct phone 314-800-2234

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  • De Soto 73 School District - Part-Time Gifted Teacher Vacancy

    The De Soto 73 School District is accepting applications for a Part-Time Gifted Teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.  Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Debbie Killingsworth, Special Services Director, or Kelly Gersch, Human Resources, at (636) 586-1000 for more information regarding this immediate vacancy.  

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  • 2018 American Legion Boys State

    July 2018 Contact: MBS Headquarters 1-877-342-5627                                                                            


    (WARRENSBURG, MO) – Johnny Tyler Kooyman from Malden High School and Kevin Morris from Willard High School, both sponsored by the Missouri Association of Rural Education, were among 915 outstanding Missouri students to participate in the 79th session of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri program held June 16-23 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.

    Kooyman and Morris 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 Kooyman and Morris the opportunity to participate in A Week to Shape a Lifetime - Missouri Boys State by funding the program fee.

    Kooyman (son of Denton Kooyman) participates in the A+ Program and is a member of the Beta Club. He is in the Malden High School Choir and is on the Football and Golf teams. He is also a Youth Sports Official and is employed. During the week of Boys State, Kooyman was a Citizen of Pershing City and a Member of the Federalist Party. He attended the Public Administration School where he gained an understanding of the city and county level government structures. He was elected and fulfilled the duties as a County Commissioner for Scott County and served as a Delegate to State Convention, Ward III and the Assistant Athletic Director. In addition, Kooyman opened and ran a business where he learned the economic impact of a business on his city, the importance of complying with city, county, and state laws and oridances, and how to pay taxes on the revenue generated by his business. He also was on the ballot for City Council, Ward III

    Morris (son of Jill Berry and Kevin Morris) participates in the A+ Program, Band, College Bound Program, Foreign Language - Spanish, and Gifted Program. He is a member of the History Club, Do Only Intelligent Things Club, Soccer team, and plays in the High School Orchestra. Morris earned an Academic Letter and was named to the Honor Roll. He is also active in his Church Youth Group and Boys Scouts of America and is employed. At Missouri Boys State, Morris was a Citizen of Richardson City and a Member of the Federalist Party. He attended the Law School and passed the Boys State Bar Exam which allowed him to become an Attorney. He was then elected and heard cases as a Circuit Judge. Morris was a member of the Boys State Bugle Corps in addition to serving as Beverage Commissioner; Assistant Health Commissioner, Ward II; and Delegate to State Convention, Ward II.

    During Boys State and along with all participants, Kooyman and Morris 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 2018 session included: Kansas City Mayor Sly James; Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt; Political Analyst Juan Williams; Businessman and Chocolatier Shawn Askinosie (Missouri Boys State Alum and Governor - 1978 and honored as the Missouri Boys State 2018 Alumnus of the Year); and Executive Vice President at the Aspen Institute Eric Motley.

    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 2018-19 academic year and are interested in participating should contact their High School counselor and visit the Missouri Boys State website at moboysstate.org. The 2019 session will be held June 15-22. 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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  • 2018 Health Office Orientation

    The Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE) is partnering with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), School Health Program and the Missouri Association of School Nurses (MASN) to offer an orientation for health office staff.  Click below to read more about this opportunity.  The deadline to register is July 10, 2018.

    2018 Health Office Orientation Workshop

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  • 8th Annual MARE Scholarship Golf Tournament

    The 8th Annual MARE Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held in conjunction with the conclusion of the DESE Summer Conference.  For more details on the event and to register, please access the information below.  All proceeds support MARE's two scholarship programs.  Last year alone, the organization, with assistance from generous business associates and other patrons, provided $23,000 dollars in scholarship funds to 35 different individuals interested in becoming teachers and working in rural Missouri schools.  This year, the organization is providing $25,500 dollars in scholarship funds to 35 different individuals.  Please contact me with any questions!  

    2018 Golf Tournament Flyer

    2018 Electronic Golf Registration

    2018 Golf Tournament Registration Form

    2018 Golf Tournament Sponsorship Information

    2018 Golf Partner Letter

    2018 Golf Invitation Letter to Superintendents


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  • Annual School Law Seminars

    Attached below are schedules for the various School Law Seminars that the legal firms will be providing before the new school year begins.


    2018 EdCounsel Legal Seminars

    2018 Guin Mundorf School Law Seminars

    2018 Mickes O'Toole School Law Seminars

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  • MARE Board Training Opportunities

    The Missouri Association of Rural Education will be providing the required 16 hours of Board Training for newly appointed Board members on the dates listed below.  To register for one of our training events, please complete the attached form and send it to Kevin Sandlin, MARE Executive Director, at ksandlin@moare.com.  If we do not have a training scheduled in your area, please contact me so that I can determine if we can plan a training in your area! 

    MARE Board Training Registration Form 

    MARE Board Training Dates – 2018


    Cameron, MO – Old School – (816) 632-6063

    (Contact is Denise – 116 W 4th Street, Cameron, MO 64429)

    • Friday, January 26, 2018 (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
    • Saturday, January 27, 2018) (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)


    Poplar Bluff, MO – Holiday Inn – (573) 712-9021

    • Friday, February 9, 2018 (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
    • Saturday, February 10, 2018 (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)


    Winston R-VI School District – (660) 749-5331

    • Friday, May 18, 2018 (8:15 a.m. -  4:15 p.m.)
    • Saturday, May 19, 2018 (8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.)


    Poplar Bluff R-I School District (District Board Room)  - (573) 785-7753

    • Friday, June 1, 2018 (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
    • Saturday, June 2, 2018 (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)


    Shelby County R-IV School District - (573) 588-4961

    • Friday, June 1, 2018 - (8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.)
    • Saturday, June 2, 2018 (8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.)


    Crest Ridge R-VII School District - (660) 656-3316

    • Friday, June 15, 2018 - (8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.)
    • Saturday, June 16, 2018 - (8:15 a.m. -  4:15 p.m.)


    Lake Ozark, MO – The Lodge of the Four Seasons (Conference)

    • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
    • Thursday, October 18, 2018 (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
    • Friday, October 19, 2018 (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon)



    ** We will likely schedule 1 or 2 trainings in North Central or Northeast Missouri with Leroy Huff serving as the Board Training Facilitator.  Those have yet to be scheduled! 




    To register, please complete the form on the reverse side and fax to (660) 747-8160, scan and email to  ksandlin@moare.com, or go online (www.moare.com) and complete the electronic form found under Board Training.

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  • 2018 MARE/MO K-8 Conference "Call for Presentations"

    The Missouri Association of Rural Education and the Missouri K-8 Association are seeking presentation proposals for their joint conference which is scheduled for October 17, 2018 through Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri.  Schools, superintendents, principals, DESE representatives and all other friends of education are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal for consideration.  The deadline to submit a proposal for consideration is Friday, August 17, 2018.  To submit a proposal, please download and complete the attached form.  Call our office at (660) 747-8050 with any questions.  

    2018 MARE/MO K-8 Conference Presentation Proposal

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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 EdCounsel, LLC; Guin Mundorf, LLC; Mickes O'Toole, LLC and Tueth Keeney, LLC.  

    "School Safety" by Emily Wopata with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Protection Against Sexual Orientation Continues to Broaden" by Brittany Newell with Mickes O'Toole, LLC

    "After the Election: School Board Reorganization" by Amy Clendennen with Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt, PC

    "It's one, two, three strikes you're out....Spring Personnel Decisions for Certified Personnel" by Kristen O'Neal with EdCounsel, LLC

    "New Construction Project Delivery Methods and When to Use Them" by Jeff Klusmeier with Guin Mundorf, LLC

    "Navigating a Child Complaint" by Adam Henningsen with Guin Mundorf, LLC

    "Strategies for Late Teacher Resignations in a Climate of Teacher Shortages" by Ryan VanFleet with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Relative Caregivers, Limited Guardianships and Student Enrollment: What Does Missouri Law Actually Require?" by Danielle McAfee with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Section 504: What's New and What's Next" by Betsey Helfrich with Mickes O'Toole, LLC

    "Accomodating Employees When They Return to Work (or Don't Return)" by Stephen Freeland with Guin Mundorf, LLC

    "Tackling Tough Enrollment and Residency Issues" by Ryan Fry, with Guin Mundorf, LLC

    "Being Too Nice in Performance Evaluations" by Brian Mayer with EdCounsel, LLC

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

    "Limitations on Working After Retirement: It's Not Just for Employees Anymore" by Kristen O'Neal with EdCounsel, 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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  • New Superintendent Boot Camp

    If you are a new Superintendent, then participation in the New Superintendent Boot Camp is highly recommended!  Representatives from Mickes O'Toole will be presenting a variety of sessions including information on student discipline, staff due process, investigating misconduct, bullying and student suicide, special education and FERPA and FSLA.  For more information, please access the flyer below.  

    2018 Mickes O'Toole New Superintendent Boot Camp

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