School


Dr. Amy Britt, Bakersfield superintendent
With all of the discussion about the four-day week, I thought I would provide some experiences from  Bakersfield’s first year on this schedule.   First, teacher morale was not our reason for the four-day week. It was a nice by-product, but not the reason. Our teachers work hard and support each...

Wallace
The Gainesville school board is actively considering switching the district to a four-day school week. Lutie is also considering the switch. Bakersfield is already in its first year as a four-day-week school (see superintendent Amy Britt’s update, page 4), and Dora superintendent Steve Richards...
The Gainesville R-5 School District will try again in April to get voter support for a funding request. After more than 20 years of turning down Gainesville school-funding proposals, voters in the April 2 election will be presented with two separate Gainesville school funding issues to consider....

Maynard Wallace
The Gainesville school board is actively considering switching the district to a four-day school week. Lutie is also considering the switch. Bakersfield is already in its first year as a four-day-week school (see superintendent Amy Britt’s update, page 4), and Dora superintendent Steve Richards...
The Gainesville R-5 School District will try again in April to get voter support for a funding request. After more than 20 years of turning down Gainesville school-funding proposals, voters in the April 2 election will be presented with two separate Gainesville school funding issues to consider....
The boards of 11 Ozark County entities – schools, municipalities and public agencies – have positions coming open this spring, but only one, the Dora R-III School District, will hold an election on April 2, the state’s general municipal election day.  Missouri law specifies that an election doesn’t...

Barbara McGee, Gainesville school yearbook 1970-71
Editor’s note: Barbara McGee was a teacher at Gainesville schools from 1967 to her retirement in 1990.   Retired Gainesville teacher Barbara McGee, a woman who impacted countless lives in her 23 years of teaching, died Christmas Day at the age of 81. News of her death spurred dozens of tributes,...

The Bakersfield Head Start class began Dec. 4 with 15 3-year-olds and a few 4-year-olds who are dually enrolled in Bakersfield’s afternoon preschool program. The class is Ozark County’s second Head Start program. The other one is in Gainesville.
Ozark County now has two Head Start programs, with the opening Dec. 4, 2018, of a new Head Start in Bakersfield. Ozark Action, Inc., which opened the Bakersfield program, has also operated a Head Start program in Gainesville for decades. The half-day Bakersfield program came about when a Head Start...

Dora K-12 school counselor Amelia Menz became interested in acquiring a Certified Assistance Dog while attending the Missouri School Counselor Association’s annual conference in 2014. She set about applying for a program operated by CARES, Inc., in which inmates in correctional facilities help with basic training. Twenty-seven months after she applied for a dog, Menz was paired with Holly and spent a week training with her in Kansas. Now, she says, Holly has a had “tremendous” success working with students at Dora.
When Dora K-12 school counselor Amelia Menz was working in another district back in 2014, she attended the Missouri School Counselor Association’s annual conference, where break-out sessions offered information about animal-assisted therapy. Those sessions “got the wheels turning,” she said...

Barney and Doris Douglas - The family of the late Barney and Doris Douglas donated 69 books to Gainesville third grade and preschool students last week. Each book included the stamp, pictured below, on the inside cover. Both Doris and Barney Douglas spent their lives giving back to Ozark County. Doris, who died June 6, 2014, dedicated many years as a volunteer at the Ozark County Volunteer Library. Barney, who died Dec. 22, 2012, was active with the Robert Burns Masonic Lodge #496, volunteered with the American Red Cross bloodmobile, Lions Club, Hootin an Hollarin, and the ball game concession stand. He also served on the Ozark County Health Department board and Gainesville school board.
Nearly 70 Gainesville Elementary students received a little extra Christmas cheer Dec. 19 when they were given a new book to take home with them in memory of the late Barney and Doris Douglas. The gifts, provided by the Douglases’ children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, were distributed to...

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