Dr. Roger Barnes
Superintendent of Schools
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James L. Ruse
Assistant Superintendent
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Karie Black
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District Office
1020 Old Hwy 36
Chillicothe, MO 64601
660-646-4566 (phone)
660-646-6508 (fax)

Administrative Staff:
Secretary - Laura Schuler
Accounting - Kristi Newlin
Payroll - Angela Nagel

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September 2010


Press Releases

Press Release
October 29, 2010

A local foundation dedicated to assisting Dewey School has teamed up with Hy-Vee for a fund-raiser tomor-
row (Saturday) to raise funds for electrical upgrades and window replacements at the kindergarten-first grade

During the Dewey Foundation Pork Sandwich Spectacular, Hy-Vee will donate $1 to the Dewey Foundation
for every tenderloin or pulled pork sandwich sold on Saturday. Sandwiches will be sold for $3.99 and in the
store’s kitchen all day.

Store Director Brian Wills says Hy-Vee is proud to support the Dewey Foundation and its mission to im-
prove Dewey School and he is hopeful for a successful fund-raiser.

Chillicothe R-2 Superintendent expressed the district’s appreciation for the support of both the Dewey Foun-
dation and the Chillicothe Hy-Vee Store.

“This fund-raiser is just another example of how community members and local businesses consistently
come together and work for the betterment of the R-II district and its students,” she said.

Press Release
October 21, 2010

A note of a threatening nature was found at the Chillicothe R2 High School Wednesday evening.  The appropriate personnel have been involved, and we’re confident students and staff members are safe, stated Dr. Roger Barnes Superintendent of Schools.
Please contact Dr. Smith for further statements.

Press Release
Successful fund-raiser for Chillicothe R-2
October 12, 2010

A fund-raiser organized by hometown grocery store Piggly Wiggly has generated over $500 for the Chillicothe R-2 School District.

For every Jack’s Tenderloin sold between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. yesterday (Monday), October 11 th, Piggly Wiggly pledged to donate $1 to be used in the district’s classrooms for supplies and enrichment materials.

Store manager Tony Clark said he was very pleased with the fund-raiser. “I’m thrilled with the community’s support of the school district and I’m happy to partner with the district and provide over $500 which will be used to benefit R-II students in the classrooms,” he added.

Dr. Roger Barnes, Chillicothe R-2 Superintendent, said she appreciates the efforts of Piggly Wiggly and its support of the district. She also thanked those within the community who participated in the popular tenderloin sale.

“These funds will allow teachers to utilize additional tools for instruction and enhance student-learning in
our classrooms,” Smith said. She added, “We are so grateful to have the support of the community and its businesses, especially during these challenging economic times.”

October 8, 2010 - Project Fit America Grant - Central School

A large crowd of Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Central School teachers, staff, students, R-II administrators and community leaders gathered at Central School Thursday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony which officially dedicated the school’s new, state-of-the-art fitness equipment.
The school received the equipment after applying for and subsequently winning a Project Fit America grant, funded by Heartland Foundation.
“The new indoor and outdoor equipment will be a great asset to our school,” said Central School’s physical education teacher Karen Jackson. She added that the equipment will dramatically improve her students’ physical abilities. “The kids are excited and I’m excited for them,” she added.
The R-II district was one of only two districts within the St. Joseph, Mo., region that won the new equipment, valued at approximately $14,000.
Speakers during the 40 minute dedication included Mike Lair, 7th District State Representative, Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney, R-II Superintendent Dr. Roger Barnes, and Judith Sabbert, Chief Operating Officer of Heartland Foundation, the non-profit organization that awarded the grant.
In her remarks, Superintendent Dr. Roger Barnes expressed the district’s appreciation for the new equipment which, she said, will be put to good use by R-2 students.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, several Central School students gave demonstrations on the new fitness equipment.

October 5, 2010 - Piggly Wiggly Fundraiser

Chillicothe R-II School District will again benefit from the generosity of a local business which will be holding a fund-raiser on October 11..
If you like a good tenderloin and have a desire to help local students learn more in the classroom, you won’t want to miss an upcoming event organized by hometown grocery store Piggly Wiggly.
For every Jack’s Tenderloin sold between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, Oc- tober 11, Piggly Wiggly will donate $1, which will be used by R-II teachers to buy class- room supplies and enrichment materials.
“We are proud to be a hometown store and this is a way to help the hometown commu- nity,” said Piggly Wiggly store manager Tony Clark. He added, “We are excited to help the district in this way and hope (the fund-raiser) is a success.”
Chillicothe R-2 Superintendent Dr. Roger Barnes said the upcoming fundraiser is yet another example of the outstanding support the district receives from local businesses, or- ganizations and individuals.
“We are grateful to Piggly Wiggly for their generosity,” said Smith. “The money raised will go directly to the classrooms to help R-2 students learn.”