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Friday, March 11th, 2022
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School Calendar: Dates To Remember
  • Monday, March 14th: Monthly School Board Meeting | 6:30PM
  • March 28th - April 1st: No school - Spring Break
Note From The Superintendent

Dear Southern Boone School District Family,

As the April 5th election quickly approaches, patrons in our school district will have the opportunity to vote for two new school board members and other local races. I feel it is important as citizens of the United States, to participate in the process to select who we feel represents us in our local government. I encourage you to take the time to vote in the April 5th election. 

During next month’s election, voters will cast their ballots on a few different measures. There are three important questions that will be asked. The first ballot measure, Proposition 1, is actually asked twice, once for the City of Ashland, and again for Boone County. This ballot measure is asking voters to decide on a local tax applied to online sales. The amount of sales tax will be the same amount as if the purchase was being made in Boone County or in the City of Ashland. The revenue generated will help support the city and Boone County. More than 220 cities throughout Missouri have a use tax in place. Large cities like Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield also have a use tax. Cities in Mid-Missouri with a use tax include Boonville, Fayette, Fulton, Holts Summit, Mexico, Moberly, and Sturgeon. If Proposition 1 is approved by voters, the local sales tax for online purchases will go into effect in January 2023. 

The other ballot measure has to do with the Southern Boone School District. The school board is asking the public to vote on a $3 million no-tax-increase bond issue. The funds would be used to make major improvements to the district’s outdoor facilities at the high school, including a new turf soccer/football field, new track, new scoreboard and sound system and improvements to the drainage system around the stadium and softball/baseball field. The remaining funds will address additional improvements at the high school and other district facilities. 

Next month’s bond issue is the first of three possible bond issues focused on improvements at the high school.

Tentative plans for future bond issues include another no-tax-increase bond issue in April 2024, to build a new wing on the high school for the vocational, agriculture and FFA programs. Additional funds from that bond issue could also be used to address high school roof replacement needs, high school bathroom renovations, and safety improvements.

Finally, the third possible no-tax-increase bond issue would be in April 2026. This bond issue would focus on a new performing arts center and additional classrooms at the high school. The current band and choir classrooms are too small for the number of students participating. Additional funds from this bond issue would also go towards replacing the roof, HVAC improvements and additional updates and renovation projects at the high school.

Thank you to the community for your continued generosity and support of our teachers and staff!


Christopher Felmlee
Superintendent of Schools
The Southern Boone School Board of Education will meet for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March14th, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in central office boardroom. You will be able to view the meeting's agenda here.

You can watch the school board meeting live on the Southern Boone School District's YouTube Channel here.
2022 Summer School Registration Is Underway
We are currently in the planning stages for Summer School 2022. To reserve a spot for your child, please complete the linked Summer School Registration Google Form.  A Summer School Registration Google Form will need to be completed for each child you would like to attend summer school.  Please register your child according to the grade they will enter during the 2022-2023 school year. To ensure that we have an appropriate number of teachers and staff, please submit the registration form by Friday, April 22nd.

2022 Summer School Registration Form:

***If you are new to the school district you must complete the full registration process.***

Summer School Locations:
Grades K-2nd: Primary Building
Grades 3rd-5th: Elementary Building
Grades 6th-8th: High School Building

Our summer school program will begin Tuesday, July 5th-July 28th. The first week of summer school will be Tuesday-Friday, and the remaining three weeks will be Monday-Thursday. All buildings will be in session from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. each day. You may drop off your child starting at 7:30 a.m. Our summer school program provides an excellent educational opportunity for your child. Our staff has planned several challenging and fun activities that address the academic areas of reading, math, science and social studies. Transportation WILL NOT be offered by the school district for summer school.

Summer school funding is provided by the state based on daily student attendance, so to provide a successful program, it is important for each enrolled child to be present.

Additional information regarding summer school will be sent at a later date to those enrolled. Please call the Primary School Office (573-657-2148), Elementary School Office (573-657-2145) or the Middle School Office (573-657-2146) if you have any questions.

The Southern Boone School Board of Education voted to place a no-tax-increase general obligation bond issue on the April 5, 2022, ballot, to be used for making major repairs and improvements to the district’s outdoor facilities at the high school.

The Southern Boone School District is asking the public to vote on the $3 million no-tax-increase bond issue that would provide funds to resurface the track, install new artificial turf and replace the scoreboard and sound system at the high school outdoor stadium. Passage of the bond issue will not increase the district’s property tax levy.

Thanks to the support of the community with passage of previous bond issues over the years, the school district has been able to address the needs created by rapid enrollment growth at the primary and elementary schools. Construction continues on the new addition and remodeling project at the middle school. That project was made possible by voters approving a $7.7 million no-tax-increase bond issue in the April 2021 election. The district is now wanting to start the process of addressing the issues and improvements on the high school campus.

Virtual School Board Candidates Forum
The Southern Boone Chamber of Commerce and Southern Boone Economic Development Council are sponsoring and hosting a Virtual Candidates Forum for school board candidates and mayoral/aldermen candidates on Monday, March 21st. The mayoral and aldermen candidates forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. The school board candidates forum will start at 7:30 p.m. There are five school board candidates running for two open seats.
School Board Candidates
Emily Salter
Bradley Bartow
Michael Roach
Barrett Glascock
Crystal Branch

The event sponsors will be sharing a Zoom link for the forum soon. Find out more information about the event here.
The Southern Boone School Board of Education approved the 2022-2023 district calendar during their monthly meeting on February 14th.
Find the latest information about active COVID-19 cases in each of the school buildings.
Here are monthly updates on the construction of the expansion and renovation project at the middle school.
With winter here, be prepared for the possibility of school closings and other important announcements.
School News and Views
School Board Recognition Week: March 6th-12th
March 6th-12th is School Board Appreciation Week! We want to take a moment to honor and highlight the dedicated service of the Southern Boone School Board of Education.

As a group of elected officials, school board members are tasked with making planning decisions at the district level. There are more than 3,600 school board members in communities across the state who pour countless hours into training, meetings, and other board duties. These public servants are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their tireless efforts.

The goal of this week is to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education plays in communities and schools. We want to recognize the important contributions of these community members and focus attention on the vital role these public officials play in the education of children in our school district.

Operation SoBoCo Staff Appreciation
Over 250 boxes for Operation SoBoCo Staff Appreciation were delivered to central office this afternoon. The boxes will be delivered to the staff in each of the buildings on Friday. Thank you to Carrie Mertensmeyer of USA Mortgage - Team Ashland and Lorie Fussner with Iron Gate Real Estate for organizing this event. Also, thank you to the local businesses, organizations, parents and others for donating items and helping out. The school district appreciates this very thoughtful gesture and continued support from the community

Middle School's 3rd Quarter Student of the Quarter
The middle school delivered signs to the 3rd Quarter "Student of the Quarter" students last week. All students were chosen as a part of the Student of the Quarter program sponsored by Central Bank in Ashland. We are so grateful for the partnership with Central Bank that allows us to celebrate outstanding students each quarter! Our Students of the Quarter get a yarn sign delivered by teachers and a pizza party the next day at school. Here are pictures of just some of the Students of the Quarter!

High School Theater Presents: Mamma Mia!
Southern Boone High School Theater presents, Mamma Mia! March 17th-20th in the High School Auditorium. For show information, cast and crew list, ticket details and more, visit
Other Announcements
The Southern Boone School District is currently hiring for a number of certified positions for the 2022-2023 school year. With the 5th grade moving to the middle school next school year, the school district is adding several new positions at the middle school.

Community News, Events & Announcements

YMCA 2022 CMAA Baseball / Softball Signups

Southern Boone Chamber Murder Mystery Fundraiser

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