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2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 3 Welcome to Oak Grove! If you live in Oak Grove, you know how it often seems impossible to drive through town and not pass someone you know on the road. And, without fail, you’re met with a smile and a wave. Nothing grand, just an acknowledgement of “I see you.” When I wave at people I drive by, I think about growing up here. I reflect on how decades have passed and so much has changed, but so much still remains the same, just like that friendly wave when you pass a neighbor on the road. Small towns make that possible. Why? Because they’re slower. Sometimes innately because of the small size, and sometimes it’s embedded in the culture. Small towns are just slower. As we live in a world that only seems to get faster and faster with busyness shouting marching orders at us from all around, we can peacefully return to a place that just goes a bit slower. And, we believe that’s a good thing. The City of Oak Grove would like to welcome you in to view our community and encourage you to consider choosing our town as your home or place of business. Oak Grove is full of beautiful parks, growing small businesses, friendly neighbors, incredible schools and so much more. With eyes set on the future and progress always being pursued, we look forward to what is to come. But, we’ll move just a bit slower as we do so. And we believe that’s a good thing. “Come Grow With Us,” Mayor Dana Webb Dana Webb Mayor of Oak Grove
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 4 CityCity officials Kelly Nadeau Ward 2 1805 SE High Dr. 816-699-7560 Brad Alexander Ward 2 1702 S. Oak Street 816-935-0740 Jeremy Taylor Ward 1 507 SW Locust Street 816-916-7158 Brandy Carroll Ward 1 410 SW Fifth Street 816-456-3180 Dana Webb Mayor 405 SE 14th St. 816-985-3353 Matthew Randall city administrator At the time of this publication in July 2022, both seats representing Oak Grove’s third ward are formally undecided. Jim Shrout and Tracey Newcomer are set to face off in an August special election after tying in the April 2022 election. The ward’s other seat became vacant in June due to the resignation of Kim Vickers. An appointment to the seat is expected later this summer.
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 5 City Oak Grove City Hall is located in the former civic center at 2110 Broadway. City Hall (816) 690-3773 www.cityofoakgrove.com City Administrator Matthew Randall, ext. 1000 City Clerk Kim Drury, ext. 1004 Deputy City Clerk Vera Fish, ext. 1001 Utility Clerk Angela Jones, ext. 1002 Animal control/Codes Officer Maureen Keedwell, ext. 1006 Building official Justin Petray, ext. 1007 Municipal Court Clerk Rachel Cary, ext. 1500 Director of Parks and Recreation Scott Matson, ext. 1203 Police Chief Mike Childs, ext. 1101 Emergency Management Mark Sherwood, ext. 1105 Public Works Director Tom Degenhardt, ext. 1008 Report an urgent situation to Public Works (816) 690-3773 option 9 In an emergency dial 911 Water and Sewer Residents needing water and sewer services may contact the water clerk at City Hall, 2110 S. Broadway, 816-6903773, ext. 1002. Services can often be connected within the same day if the call is made before 1 p.m., but a 24-hour notice is preferred. A $100 security deposit is needed. Sewer services are automatically put into effect as soon as the water is turned on. The city is serviced by a mechanical waste water treatment plant which went into operation in February 2006. Water bills are issued monthly on the 12th. The customer is allowed until the 10th of the following month to pay the bill to avoid a 10% penalty for lack of payment. Bills may be paid by mail or at a drop-off box for after-hours payment. The city accepts payment via credit and debit cards in the office and online at the city website, www.cityofoakgrove.com. There is a 2.8% convenience fee charged for card payments. Electricity Residents who want to start electric service should contact Evergy at 888-471-5275 or online at https://www.evergy. com/services/start. There is usually no deposit required for residential customers for new service. Commercial customers and or a customer who’s had power shut off due to unpaid bills will have to pay a deposit or fee to apply for new service. Payments may be made by mail, with a credit or debit card over the phone or online as well as at authorized walk-in pay locations. Gas Spire, 3420 Broadway, Kansas City, is the natural gas provider for Oak Grove. Those needing service may call 816-756-5252, and those wishing to report a gas leak should call 800-582-1234. Customers will be supplied with gas within one working day of the request. Customers will receive two late notices before service is terminated, at which point a reconnection fee will be required. Customers may pay with cash or check at Hy-Vee Food and Drug, 601 W. US 40, Blue Springs. Other locations are available online. Bankplan is another option in which the bill is paid automatically from a bank account. Customers also may pay online after setting up a secure login and password. Spire is available online at www. spireenergy.com. Customer service representatives are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Telephone CenturyLink, handles telephone service for Oak Grove. Customers are billed midway through the month and have until the end of the following month to make payment before late charges are applied. Internet service also is available. Call 1-888-723-8010 or visit the website, www. centurylink.com. Cable Television Comcast is the city’s cable provider. The company offers a wide variety of packages, ranging from Limited Basic Cable to Digital Premier as well as internet. Comcast may be reached at 816-795-1100. Website is www.xfinity.com. Public & private services
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 6 CityStatistics & demographics Aerial view of the city of Oak Grove. City Overview Oak Grove offers a balance of city and country life with farms and pastures dotting the landscape while it is only 31 minutes from downtown Kansas City. A prime stop along Interstate 70, Oak Grove is home to three major truck stops. New bridge work and a divergent diamond at Exit 28 were completed at the beginning of 2019. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $863 per month, with renters occupying 34 percent of the housing units in Oak Grove. Since the beginning of 2022, the average listing price is $320,394.00, and average sales price is $321,339.00 with an average of 39 days on the market. Previously owned homes are on the market for an average of 25 days, with median days on the market at 3. Brief History The first citizen, John McKinney, arrived in the early 1800s as he followed the Shawnee trace and established the settlement first known as Lickskillet. A Post Office was established in July 25, 1840, and the town was named Oak Grove. The town was incorporated in 1881 and consisted of 40 acres with a population of 280. Today the town includes 3200 acres. During the Civil War, the community was a home for guerilla leader Quantrill, andmany of the Oak Grove youth were in his gang. Order No. 11 of General Ewing effectively resulted in the burning of hideouts of rebel leaders. Citizens fled homes and wagons and horses were confiscated. Thomas Vermilion, a Confederate soldier, was the first mayor. The C&A Railroad arrived in the 1870s; the depot was not torn down until the 1960s. People Based on the projections of the U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2022: Population estimate: 8,157 Oak Grove has grown at a rate of 48.2 percent since 2000. 105th largest city in Missouri Average household income: $75,421 Unemployment rate: 2.9 % Median Age: 33.8 (32 for males; 35.3 for females) Racial demographics: white, 96.6%; two or more races. 1.9%; African American, 1.0% Rate of home ownership: 66 % Marriage rate: 53.5% Education Attained: Less than 9th: 2.54%, 9-12th: 5.65%, high school graduate: 33.9%, some college: 29.5%, associate degree, 9.82%, bachelor degree, 13.02%, graduate degree: 5.57% Households Rate of home ownership: 66% Average family size: 2.77 Average household size: 3 Veterans Number of Veterans: 545 1st Gulf War: 140 2nd Gulf War: 128 Vietnam era: 226 Korean War: 40 World War II: 7 Voters 4,575 registered voters in Oak Grove Income Average earnings: $40,147 Average male earnings: $50, 902 Average female earnings: $28,849 Climate Average annual rainfall: 43 inches Average annual snowfall: 12 inches Sunny days per year: 216 Taxes Sales tax rate for Oak Grove is 8.6%. Schools The Oak Grove R-VI School District has a total enrollment of 1,977 for the 2022-2023 school year. The total assessed valuation for the district is $174,917,105. The tax levy is $5.1534.
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 7 The Oak Grove Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our community members by providing well-maintained parks and facilities, innovative recreational programs and leisure activities, as well as a staff motivated in the best interest of the community. Access to all things Parks and Pool related is now at your fingertips. With the online Parks software website, you can register for classes, purchase a pool pass, reserve a shelter or facility, or book a pool party. It’s so easy and all you need to do is create your account to get started. Please visit https://secure.rec1.com/MO/oak-grove-mo/catalog to check it out. Hours: 8AM - 12PM • 1-5PM Mon. - Fri. Our office is located at the Fieldhouse • Bent Oak Park, 1300 SE 30th St. Phone: (816) 690-4003 Fax: (816) 625-1537 • Email: email@example.com WEBB PARK 1800 SE Oak Ridge Drive 2 T-Ball fields, Machine Pitch field, lighted ball diamonds, basketball court, 2 concessions buildings, lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, pavilions with picnic tables, restrooms, 2 large playground equipments and large parking area. FRICK PARK 1406 E. Cemetery Road Lighted equestrian arena, concessions building, pavilion with picnic tables, 2 small playground equipments, restrooms, full-size athletic fields, junior-size athletic fields (used for soccer, football), large scenic area and picnic areas. SKATE PARK 2110 S. Broadway Located behind City Hall on a 60’ x 120’ concrete pad. Ramps, rails, quarter pipes, half pipe, grind rail and hand rail. Safety gear encouraged. OAK GROVE AQUATIC CENTER Bent Oak Park, 1300 SE 30th St. Open from Memorial Day thru Labor Day weekend. Season passes available. Pool hours 1-6 p.m. every day except on Tuesday & Thursday open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. FIELDHOUSE Bent Oak Park, 1300 SE 30th St. Fieldhouse can be rented for events. The room is 100’ x 104’ and seats 250. It has an ice machine, commercial fridge and commercial sink. For prices or to reserve room contact the Parks Office at (816) 690-4003. SHELTER HOUSES Four shelter houses for rent. Two at Webb Park, one at Frick Park and one at Davis Memorial Center. For more information, pricing or to reserve a shelter house, please call the Parks Office at (816) 690-4003. CARAWAY LAKE North of I-70 on Hwy. H Approx. 3-acre lake stocked with crappie, catfish, bass and other types of game fish. City permit and State of Missouri license required for fishing. DAVIS MEMORIAL CENTER 1901 S. Broadway Upstairs level can be rented for events. The space holds 80 persons and includes counter space & a sink. For dates and pricing info contact the park office at (816) 690-4003.
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2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 9 City Codes fact sheet The city of Oak Grove has many codes, enforced by city police, the building official, Justin Petray, and animal control/code enforcement officer, Maureen Keedwell. City staff provided the following list of answers to common questions from city residents. New construction •Make sure zoning is appropriate and the structure will fit within the required building setbacks. •Building contractors and subcontractors must be licensed, including an Oak Grove business license. Homeowners who are the general contractor are not required to have a business license. •City requires one set of full-size (24x36 in) stamped plans and a plot plan developed by a surveyor showing the lot, all easements for utilities, grading and the house as it sits on the lot along with all setbacks. Digital sets of these plans are part of the submittal as well. A plot plan checklist is also required and may be obtained at City Hall or cityofoakgrove.com. These should be submitted to the building official for review. The official will make sure the plans comply with all applicable building codes. The city currently uses the 2012 International Codes for all building construction. Allow around five business days for residential plan review. •Fees are due at the time the permit is issued. Fence,deck, accessorybuildings,driveways, lawn irrigation systems and pool construction •Construction of new decks, fences, accessory buildings, driveways, lawn irrigations and pools require a city building permit. •All pools holding 24 inches of water or more, including inflatable pools, must have a minimum of a four-foot barrier around the pool and must have a permit from the codes administration. Replacement furnaces, air conditioners, waterheaters, driveways, fences and roofs •All replacements require a building permit and city inspection. Contractors are required to have a valid Oak Grove business license. Electrical, plumbing and mechanical alterations •Any alterations to your electrical, plumbing or mechanical systems requires the appropriate permit. Contractors are required to have a valid Oak Grove business license. Residential lawns •Lawns should not exceed 12 inches in height. •Maintain the entire lot to the street, including slopes and ditches. Animals •All dogs and cats must have a license issued by the city of Oak Grove. Animals found without a city license and/or unrestrained may result in fines. •All animals shall be restrained in a fully enclosed fenced area or under the handheld leash or a leash which is attached to a fixed object or structure, even in their own yard. Tree limbs •Limbs that overhang the sidewalk or street must be trimmed. Those who have questions about limbs in a street right-of-way should direct them to City Hall. Brush piles •Brush piles must be removed and disposed of properly. •Open burning is not allowed without a permit. Permits are available, with restrictions, in the spring and fall through Sni Valley Fire Protection District. •Residents of Oak Grove may use the Eastern Jackson County Yard Waste Facility north of the city. Trash containers •Place trash containers used for disposal of solid waste by the curb no earlier than 6 p.m. the day before the trash is due to be picked up. •Trash containers should be removed from the curb no later than 8 p.m. of the day of removal and stored behind any building on the property or indoors. Parked vehicles •Residents are allowed to have one unlicensed vehicle parked in the driveway of their residence as long as it does not have missing parts or flat tires, is not dismantled or wrecked, does not have vegetation growing or debris collected in, around or under the vehicle and is not used for storage such as brush, trash or lawn equipment. •For inoperablevehicles in the street,contact thepolicedepartment. •Commercial vehicles used for carrying freight, merchandise, other property ormore than eight passengers and licensed in excess of 18,000 pounds are prohibited from parking on streets in residential areas. •Vehicles, including cars, trucks, trailers, campers and motor homes must be parked on a hard surface such as concrete, asphalt or pavers. Parking is prohibited on grass, lawns and sidewalks. Garage sale signs •Garage and yard sale signs must be placed on your own property. •Do not post garage and yard sale signs on public utility or light poles, in the right-of-way of public streets, or on any other pole or sign which is installed or maintained by the city. •These signs do not require a permit. •Residents are allowed up to three signs. Home Childcare Business •All in-home childcare businesses require an Oak Grove business license. City Hall (816) 690-3773 Justin Petray: Ext. 1007 Maureen Keedwell: Ext. 1006 Police Dept.: Ext. 1100 Eastern Jackson County yard waste facility www.jacksongov.org/yardwaste/
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 10 Representation County Executive Frank White Jr. County Legislature Fifth District: Jeanie Lauer First District at Large: Jalen Anderson County Officials Prosecuting Attorney: Jean Peters Baker Sheriff: Darryl Forte’ Assessments Department: Gail McCann Beatty, director Board of Equalization: Gregory Mason, manager Chief Administrative Officer: Sylvya J. Stevenson Collections Department: Whitney Miller, director COMBAT: Vince Ortega, director Communications: Angie Jeffries, director Compliance Review Office: Jaime Guillen, chief Corrections Department: Diana Knapp, director County Counselor: Bryan Covinsky County Legislative Auditor: Crissy Wooderson County Legislative Clerk: Mary Jo Spino Finance and Purchasing: Bob Crutsinger, director Health Department: Bridgette Shaffer, director Medical Examiner: Dr. Marius Tarau, chief Municipal Court: James A. Witteman, presiding judge Parks & Recreation: Michele Newman, director Public Administrator: John Pruitt Killian Public Works: Brian Gaddie, P.E., director Recorder of Deeds: Diana Smith, director Jackson County Local state legislators State Officials Governor: Michael L. Parson Lieutenant Governor: Mike Kehoe Secretary of State: John R. Ashcroft State Auditor: Nicole Galloway, CPA State Treasurer: Scott Fitzpatrick Attorney General: Eric Schmitt US Congress UnitedStates Senators Roy Blunt Josh Hawley Chris Sander Jeff Coleman Mike Cierpiot Terry Thompson Denny Hoskins Oak Grove is split among three state House of Representatives districts and two Senate districts. State House District 32 includes the northern part of Oak Grove as well as Grain Valley, Buckner, Levasy and Sibley. Jeff Coleman, R-Grain Valley, was elected in 2018. Coleman is a financial advisor who specializes in retirement income. Coleman served as mayor pro tem on the Grain Valley Board of Aldermen and served as the vice president of the Grain Valley School Board for seven years. He served as president of the Grain Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Grain Valley Industrial Development Committee. District 33 includes the southern portion of OakGrove as well as Lone Jack, Lake Lotawana, Greenwood and part of Blue Springs. Chris Sander, R-Lone Jack, was elected in 2020 and is the founder and owner of Powder Monkey FIREWORKS, Inc., in Weldon Spring. He received his bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Missouri. District 53 encompasses western Lafayette and Ray counties. Terry Thompson, R-Lexington, was elected in 2020. He was a banking executive for 40 years in Lafayette County. He is a former Lexington R-V School Board member and a past member of the Missouri School Board Association. State Senate District 8 represents southeastern Jackson County, including Oak Grove, in the State Senate. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, was elected November 2017 in a special election. He served seven years in the Missouri House of Representatives where he served as the assistant majority floor leader for three years and was later elected to serve as the majority floor leader until the end of his tenure. District 21 includes Caldwell, Carroll, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Ray and Saline Counties. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, was elected to the senate in 2016. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2008 and elected to the office of speaker pro tem in 2013. He is a CPA and a consulting manager with the Tidwell Group. United States Representatives Vicky Hartzler-Fourth District Emanuel Cleaver - Fifth District Sam Graves - Sixth District
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 11 The Oak Grove Police Department was established in 1999 and is a fully functional 24/7/365 public safety provider. The executive command is Chief Mike Childs and Captain Chris Paris. Staff includes an administrative assistant, a part-time victim advocate, two sergeants, a detective, a school resource officer, nine full-time road patrol officers, four part-time officers, a reserve officer, a K-9 and two chaplains. The administrative office may be reached at 816-690-3773 ext. 1100 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. After hours, citizens should call Jackson County Dispatch at 816-795-1960. City Oak Grove Police Andy Anderson Mike Carr Trey Ashley Joseph Chapman Captain Mike Childs Chief of police Andy Cox Brandon Grote Sergeant James Erdeljac Kyle Lynch Josh Laitner Sergeant Robert Roedel Allison Hanner Bob Marshall School Resource Officer Part-time officers: Ron DeJarnette and Jana McKay. Malisa Pitts, administrative assistant; and Brie Miller, victim advocate. Phil Griffin Detective Scott Bryan
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 12 Sni Valley Fire Station 1 is located at 1600 S. Broadway. Services Sni Valley Fire District Sni Valley Fire Protection District is an all-hazards emergency services provider to the residents of eastern Jackson and western Lafayette counties. The district serves the cities of Oak Grove, Bates City and parts of Grain Valley and the surrounding unincorporated areas. Its boundaries cover 78 square miles, 40 in Jackson County and 38 in Lafayette County. The district boundaries are the Johnson County line on the south side, Route F (Truman Road) on the north, an imaginary line extending north and south from the 33-mile marker of I-70 on the east, and another imaginary line extending north and south from the 25-mile marker on the west. Two fire stations are located in the district to more quickly serve residents: Station 1, at 1600 Broadway, Oak Grove, and Station 2, which is currently located at 207 E. Market St., Bates City. Sni Valley has purchased a lot in the Bates City Industrial Park where Station 2 will relocate on completion of a building. Response service is provided by 29 full-time employees including 10 firefighter/paramedics, and 17 firefighter/EMTs. The administrative team is: Jason Barnett, fire chief; Cam Cathey, assistant fire chief; JJ Follis, battalion chief; and Laci Harris, administrative manager. A board of directors, which normally meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the Oak Grove station, oversees operations. Board members are Matt Beal, president; Roger Lake, secretary; Terri Stahl, treasurer; Rick Bedwell and Mike Brisbin. District business office is at 1600 S. Broadway, Oak Grove. Non-emergency phone number is 816-690-6990. District website is snivalleyfire.org. McDonalds FOG City Guide Ads 2022 ads PLACE .PDF Buy One Big Mac and get one FREE Redeemable ONLY at McDonald’s® Oak Grove, MO location. Not valid with any other offer. Coupon may not be transferred, copied or duplicated in any way or transmitted via electronic media. Cash value 1/20th of 1-cent. Expires 6/30/23. © 2013 McDonald’s ® Welcome to OAK GROVE! FOG City Guide 2022 - Ads Read It Again Books COLOR PLACE .PDF Read It Again BOOKS Hours: Monday - Saturday 10AM-6PM 1000’s of Books • Hardback • Paperback • Rare Books • Classics • Romance • Mystery • History • Science Fiction • Fantasy • Religion BOOKS FOR EVERYONE “Finding Good Homes for Used Books” 1111 Broadway, Oak Grove (816) 690-5660
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 13 Services West Central Electric West Central Electric Cooperative, Inc., Oak Grove office is located one mile north of I-70 on Highway F. A member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative, West Central Electric Cooperative, Inc., was formed in 1939 to bring electricity to the rural areas of west central Missouri. WCE distributes power to rural members of Lafayette, Johnson, eastern Jackson and parts of Pettis and Cass counties. The company's headquarters are in Higginsville, Lafayette County, with a branch office in Oak Grove in eastern Jackson County. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. WCE may be contacted by phone at 800-491-3803 or 816-565-4942 or by mail at P.O. Box 452, Higginsville, 64037. The Higginsville off ice is one mile north of I-70 on Highway 13. The Oak Grove office is one-half mile north of I-70 on Highway F. WCE operates as a cooperative system, regulated by bylaws. When someone signs up for service, they become a member and are a part owner of the cooperative. A board of directors, elected from among the members, meets monthly. An annual meeting of the cooperative membership takes place each year in August. West Central Electric Cooperative, Inc. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. We’re your electric cooperative -- locally-owned by the consumers we serve. Our commitment to you starts with helping you keep your electric bill as low as possible. We deliver service to you at the cost of service. There are no hidden fees, and no profits for investors in faraway cities, because We Work For YOU! When you hear the word “local”... think of us! We’re more than just your electric cooperative... We’re your friends and neighbors! P.O. Box 452 • Higginsville, MO 64037 • 800-491-3803 or 816-565-4942 West Central Electric FOG/OD City Guide 2022 COLOR
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2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 16 Schools Oak Grove R-6 Oak Grove School District includes students from the communities of Oak Grove, Buckner, Lone Jack and Bates City. Located on the eastern edge of the Kansas City metro area in Jackson County, the district covers a total of 35 square miles within Jackson, Lafayette and Johnson counties. School enrollment for 2021-2022 was 1,998. Oak Grove School District employs 9 administrators, 161 certified staff and 70 support staff. Many families have resided in the district for several generations. Others choose to reside in Oak Grove’s rural setting. The people of Oak Grove are generous and pride themselves on their rich traditions and a strong sense of community. Incorporated in the school year are nine full days of professional development. New staff to the district have two additional days of professional development. Schools Oak Grove School District operates five school buildings on campus. There is a 19,200-square foot FEMA safe room/ Performing Arts Center completed in 2014. It is designed to withstand an EF-5 tornado with 200 mile-per-hour wind. The community approved a $22.5 million bond issue June 2, 2020, which will provide for long-range improvements to the entire district. Priorities the bond issue addresses are: security, technology, classroom additions, facility updates and campus maintenance. New HVAC systems and roof upgrades to all facilities were completed prior to the 2021-2022 school year. Secure entries and security camera expansions were made at all facilities. An addition to the Primary School house the Early Childhood Center, while the Primary School received a commons and kitchen expansion as well as other updates to the administrative area which were completed in early 2022. Oak Grove High School also received a new commons and kitchen expansion on the north side of the facility to start the 2021-2022 school year. New administrative offices were also added, classrooms were upgraded and the north parking lot was expanded. Oak Grove Middle School received a sidewalk which links it to the high school. Work at Maple Elementary includes a new administrative center, a facelift of classrooms, flooring and ceiling, a nurse office area, smartboards, new bathrooms and a new handicapped lift to the second level. Nutrition Service OPAA! Food Management is the district’s food service provider. The service uses the Nutrislice system to make students and parents aware of menu options as well as the nutritional value of foods offered during breakfast and lunch. Families put money on accounts that students access with an individual code. Questions about the program should be directed to the Director of Nutrition Services at 816-690-4156 ext. 1431. Athletic/Activity Program The department encourages students to take advantage of asmany programs as time and talent permits rather than specializing in one sport/activity. These activities help students grow emotionally, mentally, socially and physically through competition. Oak Grove is part of the Missouri River Valley Conference. Mindy Hampton, Superintendent Technology As part of the long-range improvements plan, the district hired Quality Network Solutions to evaluate the district’s technological needs. Heeding their advice, the district moved to 1:1 access for the 2020-2021 school year with the purchase of an additional 1,000 Chromebooks.
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 17 Maple Elementary, 3-5 The elementary academic environment is richwithfiction andnonfiction texts. Students are excited about opportunities to read the wide variety of literature found in classroom libraries, themedia center and in theWonders Literacy program. The literacy program blends well with the social studies and science curriculum. The science standards include experiments and the Envisions program is used formath. Technology is embedded across the curriculum. The elementary honors three students per grade level each month who are known as the Most Valuable Panthers for their great work habits as well as exemplary character traits. Maple Elementary offers a book club, board game club, FIT club, pet pals and Kindness Club. Schools Oak Grove R-6 Misti Raney, Elementary principal The Charlene Roscher Early Childhood Center The Charlene Roscher Early Childhood Center houses early childhood special education, Title I Preschool, Parents as Teachers, speech and language therapy and occupational and physical therapy. The preschool is designed for children who may need extra help to be ready for kindergarten. Children, ages 3-5, must qualify for preschool and are placed in the program based on screening scores. Children who are struggling in development may qualify for a spot. Parents as Teachers is part of the ECC and available to children birth to age 5 who live in the school district attendance area. Because parents are a child’s first teacher, the program helps parents capitalize on the first years of development. Participation within the program helps parents transition their children more easily into the school setting. Oak Grove Primary, K-2 The mission of the K-2 facilities, in cooperation with family and community, is to assist each student in becoming a lifelong learner by providing the guidance, tools and opportunities to maximize their academic, social and individual potential. In addition to their curricular focus of reading readiness, the primary school emphasizes character development in the classroom as well as with monthly Super Panther awards. The primary uses the Wonders Literacy Program to integrate all aspects of the curriculum. The Board of Education is the decision-making branch of the school district, and open meetings are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month in the Early Childhood Center. Members are: Keith Moyer, president Tamara Kirk, vice-president Jovanna Rohs, treasurer James Schlichting Jeff Jennings Randy McClain There is currently a vacancy R-6 Board of Education Laura Oyler, Primary principal Oak Grove Board of Education members are front row from left Jovanna Rohs and Tamara Kirk; and back row from left: James Schlichting, Jeff Jennings, Keith Moyer and Randy McClain. Oak Grove Middle School, 6-8 The mission at Oak Grove Middle School is to create an atmosphere where students value intellectual learning, strive to function independently and develop a sense of responsibility. In addition to the basic core classes of communication arts, reading, math, science and social studies, the middle school offers exploratory classes in music, band, art, technology, foreign languages, drama, computers and family and consumer science. Reading is a top priority at themiddle school as it is one, if not themost important skill, that a child will ever master. Students are encouraged to read for entertainment as well as in the content areas, and students are requiredtohaveschoolappropriatereadingmaterialwiththematall times. A Pride Student Advisory Program is offered the last 25 minutes of the day in home room to assist students in building skills for success and help meet the needs of middle school learners. Lessons created by Project Wisdom are incorporated to build character education, anti-bullying messages and to aid in social emotional development. These are skills which aid not only in literacy but also in real life. A variety of activities are offered including: eighth-grade football, volleyball, boys and girls cross country, wrestling, boys and girls basketball, and boys and girls track. Tracy Kemp, Middle School principal
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2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 19 Oak Grove High School, 9-12 Oak Grove High School had 561 students and a staff/faculty of 59 for the 2021-2022 school year. Oak Grove High School students learn college and career readiness through relevant, intriguing and rigorous activities and challenges in every classroom. In 2009, OGHS earned designation as an A+ school, which entitles students who complete certain requirements to community college/vocationaltechnical school tuition money after high school graduation. OGHS has established a Hall of Fame to recognize students with outstanding academic achievements, such as National Merit Scholar, Bright flight recipient, advanced score on at least four EOC’s and a 4.0 GPA, or score of 5 on at least two advanced placement exams and a 4.0 GPA. Students may enroll in weighted classes that are more challenging than a normal college preparatory curriculum and provide increased rigor for advanced students who wish to challenge themselves either through advanced placement or dual credit classes which allow students to earn college credit in high school. Students may take classes at Fort Osage Career and Technology Center during their junior and senior years. Those courses of study include welding, auto tech, CSI, culinary, health science, fire science/EMT, entrepreneurial studies, engineering, cyber security, computer engineering, sports medicine and physical therapy, HVAC, nail tech and construction trades. Academic acknowledgment for graduating seniors is based on the Latin system, which recognizes individuals with the following distinctions: cum laude, magna cum laude and suma cum laude. Students can earn a college prep certificate. The Sound of Panther Pride marching band participates in local competitions including Carrollton where they consistently finish on top. The 2022 show is On the Celtic Tide, and Irish/Scottish seafaring show. The choir department represents the school at various events in the school and community and makes an annual trip to Branson in the spring. Theatre productions for the 2022-2023 school year are the musical, Little Shop of Horrors; Antigone, one act; and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, spring play. The speech and debate program hosts a tournament each year and participates in reader’s theatre. The high school sports program includes football, volleyball, girls softball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls wrestling, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls track, boys and girls golf, and boys and girls soccer. SchoolsOak Grove R-6 Central Office 601 SE 12th Street Phone: (816) 690-4156 Fax: (816) 690-3031 Superintendent Mindy Hampton email@example.com Assistant Superintendent: Tom Huffington firstname.lastname@example.org Director of Special Services: Nicole Henderson email@example.com Technology Director: Ryan Word firstname.lastname@example.org District Activities Office 605 SE 12th Street Activities Director: Darin Sehlke email@example.com High School Grades: 9-12 605 SE 12th Street Phone: (816) 690-4152 School Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:35 p.m. Principal: Adam Salmon firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Principal: Jacob Newman email@example.com Middle School Grades 6-8 401 E 12th Street Phone: (816) 690-4154 School Hours: 7:40 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Principal: Tracy Kemp firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Principal: Ty Hames email@example.com Maple Elementary Grades: 3-5 501 E 12th Street Phone: (816) 690-4153 School Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Principal: Misti Raney firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant principal: Brandie Harvey email@example.com Primary School Grades: K-2 501 SE 17th Street Phone: (816) 690-8770 School Hours: 8:35 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. Principal: Laura Oyler firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant principal: Brandie Harvey email@example.com Early Childhood Center 501 SE 16th Street Phone: (816) 690-3762 School Sessions: 8:25 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. 12:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. Principal: Laura Oyler firstname.lastname@example.org Adam Salmon, High School principal
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 20 Schools Education Foundation Oak Grove School District Education Foundation has the mission of “leaving a legacy.” A charitable organization, it supports and celebrates excellence in education by providing financial resources to stimulate learning for students, teachers and programs beyond the scope of the school district’s regular budget. The foundation promotes excellence in education by awarding funds for graduating seniors, enhancing classrooms through classroom teacher grants and helping purchase needed items. Contributions to the foundation are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and provide a permanent legacy in the name of the donor. Donation levels start at $500; however, any donation amount is welcome. The Foundation is seeking help from individuals, local businesses and those who would act in partnership to enhance education for Oak Grove students. The foundation is a way to honor the memory of a loved one with a tribute gift. In 2022, the Foundation awarded 32 scholarships at the Baccalaureate service totaling approximately $40,000. In its fifth year of dispersing teacher/classroom grants, the foundation awarded $9,842 in 2022 to 30 teachers. The Foundation is governed through an advisory board. Board members are: Montie Tripp, Bret Pritchard, Amber Squires and Randy McClain, director. Those who would like to contribute or would like additional information may contact Randy McClain at 816-564-4689 or email at email@example.com. Donations may be made payable to the Oak Grove School District Education Foundation and mailed to 601 SE 12th St., Oak Grove, MO, 64075. FOG/OD City G i e 22 ads - PTs R staurant COLOR PLACE .PDF “Good Home Cookin’ in a Casual Atmosphere” 501 Broadway, Oak Grove, MO 690-PTPT 690-7878 Famous for hand-breaded Pork Tenderloins and Onion Rings * The Pork Tenderloin Place Hours: 11AM-8PM Mon.-Sat. Members of the Educational Foundation committee gather to notify teachers of grant money received, members are from left: Montie Tripp, Amber Squires, Randy McClain and Bret Pritchard. MAGIC KINGDOM, INC. Child Care & Preschool 816-690-3933 704 SE Salem Oak Grove, MO 64075 Jamie Ballowe, Owner firstname.lastname@example.org
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 21 Schools R-6 Booster clubs Band Boosters provide support to approximately 300 students who participate in the Oak Grove band program. Band Boosters raised enough money in the last few years to be able to purchase two baritone saxophones and a portable PA system for the directors to use during the marching season. Band Boosters help with supervision, meal preparation when the band travels to competitions, and sponsoring camp staff. To afford these projects, Band Boosters raise money by holding a silent auction and running concession stands during football, basketball, boys soccer and wrestling meets. Band Boosters first event of the 2022-2023 school year will be the Sound of Panther Pride’s sneak peak performance at Panther Stadium on August 11. Those interested in helping the Band Boosters may contact email@example.com Oak Grove Athletic Booster Club (OGABC) is made up of volunteers interested in supporting Oak Grove student athletes. Funds are raised to help student athletes in Oak Grove compete at a higher level. Booster Club works with the school athletic director to determine program needs. In the past five years, the Booster Club has contributed more than $70,000 to the Oak Grove athletic program, which funded a variety of projects, uniforms, equipment, and assisting with the cost of hotels and meals for student athletes participating in state tournaments. Two $500 scholarships are awarded each year to Oak Grove graduates continuing their education. Corporate sponsors are a big reason why the Booster Club is able to help with these expenses. Their contributions include advertisements in programs at football and basketball games. Parents of Oak Grove athletes are the backbone of the organization. They volunteer countless hours of their busy lives to help raise funds for the Booster Club. Those who are interested are encouraged to contact Jeff Jennings at 816-215-6275 or Jeff@JeffJennings.net. Choir Boosters provide support to the choir department at Oak Grove High School. The Boosters help to provide for any supply need for choir such as robes, music folders, risers and props. They also purchase medals for students who place at the district and state level in solo, small ensemble and large ensemble contests. They provide food and equipment for the students when traveling. The choir and band boosters share the use of concessions as a fundraiser. Those who are interested in helping with the choir boosters may contact Carrie Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org Audrey Griffin 5K/10K Memorial Run/Walk Impact Choir performs annually in Branson with support of Choir Boosters. Theatre Boosters provide support to the theatre department at Oak Grove High School assisting in fundraising to help with items such as wireless microphones, and other technical equipment along with competition costs, collecting and purchasing snacks for cast/ crew, as well as awarding theatre scholarships for college. Theatre Boosters meet monthly. Those interested should contact Melissa Rainbolt at email@example.com The cast of The Addams Family Band Boosters work tirelessly to raise funds to assist in band trips including the Oak Grove Bands tour to Chicago and St. Louis with their award winning performances at a St. Louis competition. Photo by: Picturing Rainbows and Sunshine
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 22 Magic Kingdom offers a comprehensive preschool curriculum that aligns with National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and Missouri Common Core Standards for preschool. Little Lambs Learning Center, 600 SE 12th Street, is located across from Oak Grove High School. Kristin Fangmann Liles, a 2003 graduate of Oak Grove High School serves as director and can be reached at 816-625-0108. This Christian preschool is sponsored by Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. Little Lambs welcomes children ages 2-12 and is able to accommodate 34 children in its two-room facility during the hours of 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Playground equipment and activities are available for all age levels. Oak Grove school district kindergarten outline is used to prepare children for entry into kindergarten. Program is offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning the week after Labor Day. Children attend library programs and field trips are taken during the year. A special preschool Christmas program, holiday parties and prekindergarten graduation are additional activities at the center. They offer a Summer Program of activities for school age children, which includes field trips. Duncan Academy East, 1103 SW 1st Street, a convenient location visible from I-70, provides academic, physical, and emotional enrichment for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years. Academy provides community with school age summer program involving field trips and additional activities. Families are provided a secure facility. A passcode is required for entry and cameras record every inch of space throughout the school and playground. All teachers are required to obtain 12 training hours per year in the child development field. The Academy transports children before and after school to Stony Point Elementary in the Grain Valley district and Oak Grove provides bus transportation for Elementary and Primary students to the facility. Academy has spots available for all ages. Jessicia Keown, director, may be contacted at (816)625-0186. Sunny Days Day Care and Preschool, 508 E. 12th Street, across from Oak Grove Maple Elementary, was established in August 1977. The 25-member staff includes Sarah Dunham, director and Janea Robinson, a former Grain Valley Middle School teacher who is now the kindergarten readiness teacher at the preschool. Sunny Days welcomes children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age, and provides a nurturing and caring environment where the focus is on social, emotional and educational development. An academic enrichment program is offered for ages 2-5 working to develop children’s math, reading and spelling skills readying them for kindergarten. Summer programs include a summer camp for school-age children, a fitness program including outdoor activities and daily field trips including swimming every week. Children also participate in the summer learning program at the library. Sunny Days has been in business for 43 years and prides itself as a community-minded preschool and day care. To enroll or for more information, contact Michelle Munson or Sarah Dunham at 816-690-3540. Magic Kingdom Child Care and Preschool is located at 704 SE Salem St., 816-690-3933. Staff includes Director Jamie Ballowe and 18 fully trained members. Magic Kingdom accepts newborn children to sixth-graders. Center offers a year-round preschool curriculum, as well as full- and part-time child care. A summer program is available for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade, offering an exciting enrichment program that includes curriculum, field trips, and weekly trips to the Aquatic Center. Facility includes one room for infants and one room for toddlers, as well as a room for each age group, and two rooms for school-age children in first through sixth grade. The facility is recognized as an advanced level Missouri Eat Smart program, a voluntary program focusing on providing healthy and nutritious meals for children. Center also has Missouri MoveSmart certification and is recognized by the state of Missouri as a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Center. Schools Preschools & daycares
2022-2023 Focus on Oak Grove City Guide Page 23 Grace Baptist (formerly Broadway Baptist) began in the home of Mr. and Mrs. CliffordArnett in the fall of 1958. Shortly afterward, the congregation moved to the basement of the red brick Methodist Church at 10th and Broadway. By this time, the church had its first pastor, the Rev. Bob Stevenson and 18 members. They were referred to as Grace Fellowship Baptist Church. By March 1, 1959, members had purchased the Methodist building and by the end of that year, they were formally organized, with 36 members as Broadway Baptist Church. In 1980, it was evident that the building was no longer adequate for the membership and ministries of the church. On September 7, 1980, Broadway Baptist Church broke ground at their present-day location, 600 SWMaple Lane. Their first service was held in March of 1981 with 171 in attendance. The church recently changed its name to Grace Baptist Church to reflect its roots and new location off Broadway. Grace Baptist has small groups meetings on Sunday mornings and various times during the week, as well as the revived Wednesday night “Meal and Ministry” at 6 p.m. where members gather to minister to each other and reach out to meet community needs. New Life Church began in 1968 with a handful of members and has grown to 1200 worshipers who regularly attend each weekend. Church is located at 801 SW 1st Street. Church mission is to have passion for God and compassion for people. The second Saturday of each month, New Life distributes twenty thousand pounds of food with no pre-qualifications. Prior to the start of school eachAugust, the church hosts a Teacher Appreciation luncheon for the Oak Grove School District teachers, staff and employees where the church provides a catered lunch, entertainment and prizes donated by area businesses. Church also hosts a backpack giveaway providing free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and lunch to hundreds of area children. New Life Church offers a clothes closet which is open from 8-11 a.m. the last Saturday of each month. CommunityChurch history Paradise Outfitter Ministries, 1500 S. Broadway, was founded in 2008, first as an in-home Bible study for outdoorsmen and their families, and has now developed into three worship services throughout the week. Smaller services create a casual setting for people not comfortable in larger crowds. The church was designed specifically for outdoorsmen and their families who often feel uncomfortable in typical church settings. The church looks to build connections through hunting, fishing and camping, as well as motorcycles and cars. Archery range is open during designated times. Call 816-625-3552 for more information. Oak Grove Christian Church was founded in 1879. The church began as part of the Christian Church movement, one of the original independent/nondenominational movements in Christian history that spread across the American Frontier in the early 19th century. In 1909, members built the “Old Rock Church” on East 12th Street and met there for 58 years before moving in 1967 to the current location on SW 22nd Street. Today the church holds true to the tradition of Christian unity as a nondenominational church family, patterned after the church of the New Testament. The church actively supports many missions, and it is a meeting site for Narcotics Anonymous. Free, certified adult education testing and tutoring, including High School Equivalency, English as a Second Language and Citizenship Naturalization tutoring also are offered.