OHS Homecoming royalty... Annie Walsh, left, was crowned 2014 Homecoming queen Friday night. Kylin Grubb, junior placekicker on the OHS football team, was crowned 2014 Homecoming princess.
Holmes named administrator in Franklin County, Kan.
Jon Holmes, whose resignation as Odessa city administrator was announced September 10, has accepted a position as county administrator in Franklin County, Kan.
The resignation is effective September 29.
Holmes has served as Odessa city administrator since September 2011, after the resignation of Mike Hayslip.
In a news release Adam Couch, mayor, said, "Jon has contributed in many ways in the three years he has served the city of Odessa. He has served the Board of Aldermen and the community admirably and I wish him the best in his future endeavors."
Couch said the search for a new city administrator will begin immediately.
Couch named Marcella McCoy, city clerk, as interim city administrator until the position is filled. Read more in The Odessan.
Vetoes overridden in three tax-related bills
Three of 10 sales tax-related bills vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon were passed into law last week as the Missouri General Assembly met to consider overriding Nixon's June vetoes.
Six of the 10 bills did not come up for vote in the session.
State Representative Glen Kolkmeyer, R-Odessa, and State Senator David Pearce, R-Rural Warrensburg, voted in favor of all four sales tax bills voted on.
The votes in favor come despite being asked by the Odessa R-7 School District, the City of Odessa and Odessa Mayor Adam Couch not to vote in favor of adopting the bills into law.
The two taxing entities asked representatives not to vote in favor of adoption due to reductions in income the two bodies would incur from sales taxes. Read more in The Odessan.
W-N Board hears options on refinancing district bonds
Wellington-Napoleon Board of Education met September 10 to hear a presentation by Roger D. Adamson, vice president, LJ Hart and Co., St. Louis, serving in the capacity of the district's municipal bond underwriter.
Adamson was requested by the board to discuss possible opportunities and options to refinance/refund the district's general obligation bonds.
Adamson explained that the 2010 bonds were callable on March 1, 2015, at which time they could be reissued at a rate, if no unanticipated major increases in interest rates occurred, that would result in a significant savings to the district.
Two options were offered with different timeframes, both resulting in savings.
"Either way, you are saving taxpayer money," Adamson said. After a lengthy discussion with Adamson answering questions as to the benefit of each option, the issue was tabled to be placed on the October 8 agenda.
Jeff Ruskey, superintendent, administrators, and the board recognized several students for accomplishments during the summer. Students were present to report on their activities and to show awards. Read more in The Odessan.
High mileage club...spoke at the Odessa R-7 Board of Education meeting last week. The club competes once a year to attain high gas mileage in cars the club builds. Last year the club took first and second in competition. From left, Zachary Meler, district science teacher, Reanna Geddes, senior, and Eric Sions, junior.
R-7 Board reviews veto session
The Missouri General Assembly cast uncertainty over the Odessa R-7 Board of Education meeting September 9, the day before the assembly's veto session began.
Under consideration by the assembly were vetoed bills to cut sales taxes, which would reduce the amount of money the school would receive.
At a previous meeting the board passed a resolution in support of the governor's vetoes. Letters also were sent to representatives in the General Assembly asking them to vote against the bills.
Robert Brinkley, superintendent, told the board if the bills were upheld, "this budget won't look very good."
"It'll be fine; it's a good solid budget, unless the governor's vetoes are overturned or something funky happens with our economy," Brinkley said.
Three of the 10 bills were approved September 11 and will be signed into law. Read more in The Odessan.