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Forum Your Non-Stop Source for News in Nodaway County maryville Daily Online at: F Online Volume 104 • Number 49 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 • PO Box 188 • 111 E. Jenkins • Maryville, MO 75¢ R-II board accepts Eggers’ resignation By STEVE HARTMAN Staff writer Pursuing other opportunities TONY BROWN/DAILY FORUM Maryville High School Principal Jason Eggers has officially resigned from the R-II School District and will leave at the end of the current school year. As of Wednesday, Eggers had yet to have accepted a new position, but said he was “pursuing other opportunities” and planned to remain in education. The Maryville R-II Board of Education met Tuesday night, voting to accept the resignation of high-school Principal Jason Eggers and begin implementation of a new “talented and gifted” program for students in grades one through eight. Eggers, 39, is completing his seventh year as the top MHS administrator. He holds three degrees from Northwest Missouri State University and began his education career as a vocal music teacher in Mound City, where he also later served as principal. He said Monday he has yet to accept a new position but plans to stay in education and has been interviewing with other districts. “I just felt I needed to challenge myself and look for new things,” Eggers said Wednesday. “It’s a time in my life when I need to pursue other options.” During tenure as principal, MHS was awarded a 2012 Gold Star award for student achievement from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. That same year the school was nominated as a Blue Ribbon School, a similar distinction bestowed by the U.S. Department of Education. Also in 2012, the high school was named an Exemplary School in conjunction with the Professional Learning Communities initiative administered by DESE. “It’s been great,” Eggers said of his time in Maryville. “I’ve been able to surround myself with a great staff that worked hard and that has believed in the Professional Learning Communities process.” Eggers said he takes pride in the accomplishments of MHS students, both academically and through championship-caliber extracurricular achievements in areas ranging from athletics to speech and debate. “It’s been a lot of fun to See R-II, Page 5 TONY BROWN/DAILY FORUM Meals on Wheels Senior Center cook Pam Miller checks through parcels containing bread, milk, fruit, cake and ice cream as Sheriff Darren White, left, and Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice look on prior to delivering carloads of hot meals and trimmings to local residents. Officials hit the road for ‘meals on wheels’ By TONY BROWN News editor Wednesday was a big day at the Nodaway County Senior Center as patrons spent part of their lunchtime gathering marking anniversaries and birthdays, and local officials loaded cartons of hot food into waiting vehicles in order to deliver “meal on wheels.” Now in its 25th year of operation on East First Street, the center provides year ’round nutritional assistance to between 150 and 180 elderly and handicapped people five days a week. And Wednesday was Mayors on Wheels Day, when representatives of both Nodaway County and the city of Maryville traditionally volunteer a couple of hours at midday to deliver about 50 meals along routes inside the city limits. Mayor Jim Fall was sidelined due to illness, but Councilman Glenn Jonagan signed up to take his place. Others participating included Sheriff Darren White and Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice. Rice and White stood at a counter in the rear of the Senior Center pantry going over their delivery lists as Katie Wright, the cen- Happy to help ter’s high-energy, perpetual motion head chef added the finishing touches to food parcels that included fried chicken boxes donated by KFC. Once every three months, the local franchise donates enough two-piece dinners, complete with mashed potatoes and coleslaw, to serve all of the “meals on wheels” patrons in the county, between 70 and 90 individuals. On Wednesday, the parcels were augmented by packages containing fruit, cake, ice cream, bread and milk provided by the center. Those showing up to eat in the center’s large, light-filled dining area, which also features an exercise machine and a couple of pool tables, enjoyed a similar meal consisting of oven-fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and dessert. As he readied to run his routes, Rice said that the nutritional assistance offered by the center is crucial in a county whose demographics include a large number of lowerincome elderly people. “The center is so important for the way it provides a nutritious, hardy meal,” saidRice, See Officials, Page 5 OFFICE NUMBER 660-562-2424 TONY BROWN/DAILY FORUM Cook Cathy Farmer prepares food for the noonday meal Wednesday in the large kitchen of the Nodaway County Senior Center. The center either serves or delivers a total of between 150 and 180 hot meals five days a week to residents countywide who are over age 60. Delivering the goods TONY BROWN/DAILY FORUM Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice, left, and Sheriff Darren White load “meals on wheels” into the back of Rice’s SUV Wednesday outside the Nodaway County Senior Center on East First Street. 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