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R-IV School Board Approves a Motion to Put Elementary Issue Back on the Ballot
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The Shelby County R-IV School Board passed a motion by a 5-2 vote to pursue a 900 foot classroom consolidated elementary with the lease purchase levy option with the district contributing $200,000 a year, during its regular school board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the middle school library.
   Building Options
   Discussions continued about the elementary building options.
   Shelby County R-IV Superintendent Tim Maddex presented enrollment numbers from the past to present as was requested in an earlier meeting. In 1999, Shelbina Elementary had 299 students and now in 2017 it has 235.
   Clarence Elementary has dropped from 153 in 1999 to 107 in 2017.
   The combined totals have dropped in each of the last five years. From 400 to 397 in 2013; from 397 to 384 in 2014; from 384 to 379 in 2015; from 379 to 366 in 2016 and from 366 to 342 in 2017. Maddex said those numbers include Preschool students, which Clarence has around 15, and Shelbina is capped at 20-some.
   He said its dropped about 100 kids in a 15 or 16 year period.
   Maddex compared the 750 foot classrooms to 900 foot classrooms. Now the average is about 810 square feet in Shelbina and 871 in Clarence. Maddex said he couldn’t see adding students to a classroom and reducing the size.
   He said the 750 foot classroom model came out at $7.3 million. The 900 square foot classroom model came out to about $7.8 million.
   Maddex went over a staff survey. He said that 87.1 percent preferred the larger classroom size.
   A total of 74.2 percent preferred a sink in the classroom. A total of 96.8 percent preferred a bathroom in the Pre-K classroom. A total of 96.8 percent preferred a bathroom in the kindergarten classroom. As for the first grade classrooms, 64.5 percent of teachers thought there needed to be a bathroom in the classroom.
   A total of 96.8 percent of teachers thought there should be a kitchenette in the teacher work room. A total of 71 percent of the teachers thought the teacher work room should be away from the office.
   Maddex went over what teachers thought would be good to have on the Pre-k through second grade playground and on the third to fifth grade playground.
   Teachers were asked about flooring in the classrooms. A total of 61.3 percent preferred tile, with 32.3 preferring polished concrete and 6.4 percent in favor of carpet. A total of 100 percent of the teachers preferred telecommunication in each classroom, such as intercom, phone or alarms.
   Maddex then went over four options that the board could look at. The first being a lease purchase leave for a facility with 750 foot classrooms totaling $7.37 million, with the district contributing nothing would result in a 99 cent levy increase.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Filings for April 3 Municipal Election
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The filing period for the April 3, Municipal Election is open. The last day to file is January 16.
   In the City of Shelbina, incumbent Al Dimmitt has filed for Mayor.
   Daniel Dovin has filed for City Marshal and incumbent Jerry Fenton has filed for City Marshal.
   For Shelby County R-IV School Board, incumbents Brian Threlkeld and Scott Gough have filed.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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City Addresses Drainage Issues
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Street crew members have revamped a drainage ditch on West Wood Street in Shelbina. This particular ditch takes on a high quantity of water. By placing rock in it and reshaping it, the water should pass through without washing out as bad.

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Shelbina Elementary Collects Many Items for Local Food Pantry
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The students and staff at Shelbina Elementary held another successful food drive again this year. It began the last week in November as part of a community service project for American Education Week/Month. The food drive was already planned when Shelbina Elementary Principal Katie Stueve received an email informing her of the WGEM Fall Harvest Air Specialists School Challenge. The email included the following:
   We know many of you conduct some sort of food drive each year. And with those drives, you are showing your students the idea behind being “Better Together”.
   And we want to recognize those schools (K-12) that go above and beyond with their drives with the WGEM Fall Harvest Air Specialists School Challenge!
   Two schools will win this year. The school with the most non-perishable items collected per student and the school that collects the most items total.
   Both schools will receive $1,000 and a party for 50 lucky students at the Kroc Center in Quincy. The dates for the parties are January 11th and 12th. Plus a student from each school will win a mini tablet from CellTech.
    Schools were able to collect items until December 13th.
   The staff and students rose to the Challenge and brought in an amazing grand total of 2,117 items.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Clarence Couple Involved in Two-Vehicle Accident
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A Clarence couple was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 63, one-half mile south of the Clark junction, at around 6:54 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14.
   According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 2003 Ford Ranger driven by 81-year-old Lyle Van Houten of Clarence was traveling south on 63 when a 2006 Chevy Malibu driven by Spencer D. Garman, 32 of Moberly struck Van Houten’s vehicle. Garman then traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.
   Garman suffered serious injuries and was taken by private vehicle to University Hospital in Columbia.
   Van Houten and his wife Anna Louise Van Houten, 81, of Clarence, a passenger in the vehicle, were not injured.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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