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Sni Valley adopts $2,328,990 budget
Directors of Sni Valley Fire Protection District approved a $2,328,990 budget at a Monday night meeting.
A deficit of $81,150 in expenses of capital purchases increase that total to $2,410,140.
In a summary John VanGorkom, finance director and former fire chief, presented information on the budget.
VanGorkom said the budget reflects approximately $120,665 less than the previous year, which is related to the one-time funding received last year for the sale of the former fire station.
He added that assessed valuations are lower and interest on investments is extremely low.
"Budget has been prepared as a maintenance budget with little money left for expansion," VanGorkom said. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
R-6 Board sees results of meeting MSIP standards
A highlight of the Monday night meeting of the Oak Grove Board of Education was a report by Linda Williams, assistant superintendent, on the performance of Oak Grove students in meeting MSIP 5 standards in 2014. The percentage of students in proficient and advanced achievements increased from 2013 in 11 grade levels and content areas and exceeded or equaled state proficient and advanced percentages in 18 grade levels and content areas.
Williams used a PowerPoint presentation to compare scores from 2008 to 2014 in each area, showing the points earned in the following five areas: academic achievement, 55 points out of 56 possible (98%); subgroup achievement, 13 out of 14 possible (92.9%); college and career ready, 25.5 out of 30 possible (85%); attendance, 10 out of 10 possible (100%); and graduation rate, 30 out of 30 possible (100%), for a total of 95.4%. Williams stressed the achievement of students exceeding, for the sixth year, the score of the previous year.
"I am totally pleased with our results," Williams said.
Also highlighting the evening was a short presentation by Alex Bueneman, student, about his participation as one of 15 students in The Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute, a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II held in June in Washington, D.C., and Paris. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Area elected officials vote on governor's vetoes
Earlier this month the Missouri General Assembly overrode vetoes of two bills the Oak Grove Board of Aldermen expressed opposition to, enacting the bills into law.
In total, the Missouri General Assembly passed three of 10 vetoed bills which dealt with sales taxes.
The Oak Grove Board of Aldermen passed a resolution in August asking representatives of Oak Grove to uphold Governor Jay Nixon's vetoes of six of the 10 bills.
The city stated a concern that the bills would reduce the city's income, necessitating cuts in services.
Three of those bills did not come up for vote.
Senate Bill 662, which would make some businesses not liable for taxes, came up for discussion but was defeated. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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