Future of Stet R-XV School uncertain

Future of Stet R-XV School uncertain

There are 54 comments on the Richmond Daily News story from Oct 9, 2009, titled Future of Stet R-XV School uncertain. In it, Richmond Daily News reports that:

The letter to business partners and school patrons started: 'Not Without a CARDINAL Fight!' as it addressed the 'rumors regarding the supposed closing of the Stet R-SV School District.' However, Stet Superintendent and Principal Thomas Challender didn't sugar coat the situation either.

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B H R

Cowgill, MO

#1 Oct 25, 2009
MAYBE ITS TIME FOR THE CARDINALS TO GIVE UP THEIR FIGHT, AFTER ALL THEY REALLY DONT STAND MUCH OF A CHANCE WHEN THE STUDENTS ARE GRADUATING WITH A 3rd GRADE LEVEL,I GUESS THAT WOULD BE OK IF ALL YOU WANT FOR YOUR CHILD IS A CAREER WORKING AT McDONALDS BUT FOR ME AND MINE I WOULD PERFER SOMETHING BETTER.OH WAIT,LETS SEE,WE CANT CLOSE OUR SCHOOL WE HAVE NEW CENTRAL-AIR!!!!!!!
Polo Person

Norborne, MO

#2 Jan 26, 2010
Ok, Stet may not be the greatest, but don't talk smack when you have Cowgill....NOT much better. At least Stet had a High School. Cowgill has what the 7th grade then you go to a different school. Like I said, not much better.
keeping her kids out

Norborne, MO

#3 Feb 2, 2010
As my husband says the only ones that want to keep the school open are the ones that do not even have children going there anyway. I have 2 children and both are in the Stet district, but however I WILL NOT be sending them there. Let it close and combine with BETTER, more academically achieved schools. (lets say Hardin)Hey why not they have the room and the best test scores o and football.
MrsSmith

Norborne, MO

#4 Feb 3, 2010
I live in the Stet school district and I "DO NOT" have kids and "NO" I do NOT want that school to stay open. I just don't see the point of keeping the school open! I went to a small school and felt like I was left behind and treated unkindly because my of family.(Mostly because I was not related to anyone). There is about 80 kids in that school and avg.65 will return next year. The school should have been closed down years ago. As for Hardin, their school is just as bad when it comes to the adults running it. If you don't belong to their little group then you will never get the help you need and over look every time. The students would be better off going to a bigger school.
I also heard that some people received a letter about the election to vote on the school sale tax. Yes it was in the Richmond paper but most of us don't use this paper. There was no flyers, no signs, no nothing for the general public. I just find this strange.... or someone was hoping that it would pass without anyone knowing it. Who knows!!
MrsSmith

Norborne, MO

#5 Feb 3, 2010
And that is property tax not sales tax.
keeping her kids out

Norborne, MO

#6 Feb 5, 2010
MrsSmith wrote:
I live in the Stet school district and I "DO NOT" have kids and "NO" I do NOT want that school to stay open. I just don't see the point of keeping the school open! I went to a small school and felt like I was left behind and treated unkindly because my of family.(Mostly because I was not related to anyone). There is about 80 kids in that school and avg.65 will return next year. The school should have been closed down years ago. As for Hardin, their school is just as bad when it comes to the adults running it. If you don't belong to their little group then you will never get the help you need and over look every time. The students would be better off going to a bigger school.
I also heard that some people received a letter about the election to vote on the school sale tax. Yes it was in the Richmond paper but most of us don't use this paper. There was no flyers, no signs, no nothing for the general public. I just find this strange.... or someone was hoping that it would pass without anyone knowing it. Who knows!!
Thats it right there! Its just a bunch of close knit 30- 40 year graduates who take pride in their 4 way stop. I dont know much about Hardin but I do have a friend whose kids go there and she said that they have the best test score out of all the surrounding areas. Like ranked #5 even beat out Independence. However, as for the certain groups, that is everywhere you go. I went to Richmond and that would be a last resort to send my kids.
farmers wife

Norborne, MO

#7 Feb 5, 2010
I don't agree what was reported in the Richmond paper....

ďIt is an issue. Lots of kids want to go back to the farm. Itís hard to change that mindset. If a kid doesnít want to take (the ACT), it goes on down to where it hurts (the school),Ē said Challender. ACT scores per number of juniors and seniors are lower if the number being tested is lower.

For one........
The farm community will surely hurt in the next 20 years if you do not educate the children about farming. There are very few young farmers out there to take our place when the time comes. It will be a lost art and a way of life. It's a hard life, I will not lie about that, but it's my life.

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As for the ACT, that's great if the kids want to take it, go to college and better themselves and move out of this area. It should not be held agaist the school if the student do not wish to take it.

I just don't care for the remark that was made by Challender saying "Lots of kids want to go back to the farm. Itís hard to change that mindset".

Some of us farmers do make a pretty good living at what we do. You have to know when to save money and know where and when to spend it. Keep a good record of all your bills, cattle, hay, and crop yeilds. Maybe I'm taking it toooooo personal, just had to add my two cents. Hey, what would I know, I'm just an agriculture domestic engineer.....(farmers wife)
Cardinal PRIDE

Richmond, MO

#8 May 4, 2011
B H R wrote:
MAYBE ITS TIME FOR THE CARDINALS TO GIVE UP THEIR FIGHT, AFTER ALL THEY REALLY DONT STAND MUCH OF A CHANCE WHEN THE STUDENTS ARE GRADUATING WITH A 3rd GRADE LEVEL,I GUESS THAT WOULD BE OK IF ALL YOU WANT FOR YOUR CHILD IS A CAREER WORKING AT McDONALDS BUT FOR ME AND MINE I WOULD PERFER SOMETHING BETTER.OH WAIT,LETS SEE,WE CANT CLOSE OUR SCHOOL WE HAVE NEW CENTRAL-AIR!!!!!!!
I graduated from Stet 10 years ago! I did go on and graduate from college with a degree in Ag Business from Northwest Missouri State University!!! So therefore I think that says alot about my "3rd grade education"!! I do hold a FULL-TIME job (not at McDonalds)!! Out of my graduating class we had over half go on and graduate from college!!! We did have only 7 in my graduating class, but we were the closest bunch of friends anyone could ask for! I think that says alot about STET! Stet has a good school and an AWESOME community! I hope my son has the privillage to attend the school where his family has all graduated from, and have made a well known name for themselves!!!! CARDINAL PRIDE!!!!
Cardinal PRIDE

Richmond, MO

#9 May 4, 2011
keeping her kids out wrote:
As my husband says the only ones that want to keep the school open are the ones that do not even have children going there anyway. I have 2 children and both are in the Stet district, but however I WILL NOT be sending them there. Let it close and combine with BETTER, more academically achieved schools.(lets say Hardin)Hey why not they have the room and the best test scores o and football.
I do have a son and we live in the Stet School District! I would love nothing more than to see my son grow up and attend the school which my family all graduated from!! Stet is a very close community!!! Its in your own opinion however that Hardin is "BETTER"!!! CARDINAL PRIDE!!
mee

Cowgill, MO

#10 Jul 21, 2011
ok i dont know who from stet graduated with a 3rd grade level but i am from stet and i read at what level i am spose to read at. sooo why dont everyone who hav a problem with stet shut up because u dont know ANYTHING! soo why dont u guys just join all the other haters down at norborn? kk? kewl
ohh and by the way GET A LIFE!!!!!!!
wowza

Kelseyville, CA

#11 Jul 22, 2011
You may read at a HS level but your ability to express yourself in writing needs....polish, to say the least.
mee wrote:
ok i dont know who from stet graduated with a 3rd grade level but i am from stet and i read at what level i am spose to read at. sooo why dont everyone who hav a problem with stet shut up because u dont know ANYTHING! soo why dont u guys just join all the other haters down at norborn? kk? kewl
ohh and by the way GET A LIFE!!!!!!!
anti chomo

Old Appleton, MO

#12 Aug 9, 2011
Its time to jump ship! with enrollment under 60 and dropping every day your brillant leader john wiggans spends thousands and thousands of dollars buying stuff for the school.Now I am not a banker or some brillant financial mind however I do know that robbing peter to pay paul does not pay off! when teachers positions are being cut and classes are being combined just so he can feed his ego by having the state of the art school that he believes he needs somthing is wrong! How does the school go frfom having no money to having thousands to waste in less than a year?
wowza

Kelseyville, CA

#13 Aug 10, 2011
How could spending money to improve the school and the curriculum be 'waste"? You sound like someone's angry ex......
anti chomo wrote:
Its time to jump ship! with enrollment under 60 and dropping every day your brillant leader john wiggans spends thousands and thousands of dollars buying stuff for the school.Now I am not a banker or some brillant financial mind however I do know that robbing peter to pay paul does not pay off! when teachers positions are being cut and classes are being combined just so he can feed his ego by having the state of the art school that he believes he needs somthing is wrong! How does the school go frfom having no money to having thousands to waste in less than a year?
anti chomo

United States

#14 Aug 10, 2011
Well in my opinion with the parents choosing not to bring their kids back to stet how long can this school hang on.I know as a fact that the student body is under 60 kids and that just doesn't make any sense to me why new walls and new desks and new chairs at this point in time is doing any one any good...I guess that maybe they will bring more at the auction when the state finally realizes that stet is a waste of money and ships our kids off to a school where they can get a solid educational experience.
wowza

Kelseyville, CA

#15 Aug 10, 2011
You forgot to mention the new books and new technology......That is so the school can meet the MO Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements....The school needed updating, and good things will hopefully be a result of this.
anti chomo wrote:
Well in my opinion with the parents choosing not to bring their kids back to stet how long can this school hang on.I know as a fact that the student body is under 60 kids and that just doesn't make any sense to me why new walls and new desks and new chairs at this point in time is doing any one any good...I guess that maybe they will bring more at the auction when the state finally realizes that stet is a waste of money and ships our kids off to a school where they can get a solid educational experience.
neighbor from braymer

Chillicothe, MO

#16 Aug 11, 2011
I can't understand why everyone is so jealous that Stet is still having school and doing things to improve. I am all for the small schools, children are better off going to a school with an enrollment of 60 than one of 600! They have more of a sense of family and care about one another and how each individual student is doing. What I see in the area all the rural schools are doing a great job and face the same challenges. To the community of Stet: If you want to keep your school, then I hope you do! That is what public education is all about, empowering the community to educate the children.
Ashley

Norborne, MO

#17 Aug 17, 2011
I graduated from Stet this past year. Stet has given me many oppturnites. Instead of being behind in college I am ahead. This is a great school and if you haven't been around it or in it. Then please do not judge us. There are many people who work at Mcd's that did not graduate from Stet. Almost every person in the last three years have moved on to go to college even the ones that did not have chance to go on to college went to vo-tech. There are students who come back to Stet who may need help on a paper or just need a quit place to study. Trust me it helps. We are a school and family! If you want to see it shut down. Put you children in our shoes and your feet in parents. Then see. You never know your school could be next. Just remember every thing ( doesn't matter what) deserves a chance. They offer college classes not ap classes. So we can get higher education as well. Do not have your doubts in "our" school until you come and stay for a week.
Thank you
Ashley
Ashley

Norborne, MO

#18 Aug 17, 2011
anti chomo wrote:
Its time to jump ship! with enrollment under 60 and dropping every day your brillant leader john wiggans spends thousands and thousands of dollars buying stuff for the school.Now I am not a banker or some brillant financial mind however I do know that robbing peter to pay paul does not pay off! when teachers positions are being cut and classes are being combined just so he can feed his ego by having the state of the art school that he believes he needs somthing is wrong! How does the school go frfom having no money to having thousands to waste in less than a year?
Sir, I would just like to say we have been recieving grants.
Ashley

Norborne, MO

#19 Aug 17, 2011
I would like to say we do not have crime and we do not have to worry about people getting into fights.
Ashley

Norborne, MO

#20 Aug 17, 2011
Also we have had only two people pregant in the school since it has been opened. Both of them graduated from Stet with good grades.

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