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Five Teachers Retiring or Resigning from West Platte

DeKalb FFA Members Attend Motivational Conference

Students in the DeKalb FFA group joined 4500 first year FFA members from more than 350 Missouri High Schools  recently. 
They had the opportunity to learn about being positive role models, learning to get involved, making sound choices, becoming active team members and making a positive difference in their lives, school and community at the annual Greenhand Motivational Conferences.  
These conferences presented by the State FFA Officers and sponsored by MFA Incorporated were held January 9-13, 2023 throughout Missouri.  

Through interactive workshops and skits, the State FFA Officers encouraged first-year FFA members to explore their talents and reach outside their comfort zone for the opportunities provided through FFA membership.  
They helped the new agriculture students set goals for their education, careers, and FFA experience. 

The FFA is a national youth organization of over 850,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 356 chapters and more than 25,900 members in Missouri.  The FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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Volunteers and their dogs passing and being certified for the 2023 year are: Platte City:   Jenn Beeman  with Roger and Roxy; Christia & Alex Willigham  ,with Ciri
Kansas City: John Gorski & Opie, Maribeth Ryan with Otis & Milo;(not pictured) Shawna Powell and Syx, Gwen Van Asselt with Bentley
Parkville: Briana Wittman and Madeline, Paola Zapata & Manuela; Theresa Fitzpatrick& Phoebe
Trimble: JenniferSchoonover& Rasta
KC North: Mary Jane Verdermer & Loki

The Commission is making changes at the Resource Center that will affect the meeting space. After April, the meeting rooms will no longer be accessible to groups. 
Ivan Foley reported in The Landmark last week that current agencies who are tenants of the Resource Center, (11724 Plaza Circle, KC) have 90 days to find new quarters. 
Current tenants include: Platte Senior Services Inc, Senior citizen center, Platte County Economic Development, The Platte County Republican Central Committee , Full Employment Council Employment agency, Platte County Regional Sewer District, University of Missouri Extension, Northland Education & Business Alliance, and the Platte County Convention and Visitors Bureau (and Welcome Center).
Plans being considered are to move the Sheriff’s Department into the Resource Center and the Prosecutor’s office to move into the old Sheriff’s Department.
Second District Commissioner Joe Vanover issued a statement:
“The county commission and other county officeholders have been working with an architecture firm for several months to assess how we might use the federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act.  
“The county wants to use a large part of the funds for capital investments in and physical plant changes to public facilities that respond to COVID-19 and for mitigation measures to prevent COVID-19 in congregate settings within public facilities.  
“Phase One of this project involves gathering and reviewing information, completion of a facilities and operations assessment, presentation of options and recommended projects list with a timeline and initial cost estimates.  We hope to have the report from the architect soon.  
“One of the tentative proposals from the architect is to move much of the sheriff’s department to the Resource Center.  
“To make this as a viable option, we have notified the tenants of the building and the groups that use it that they should make plans for other space.  It is possible some groups will want to use the county commission room on the second floor of the Administration Building.  Others may find better facilities for their meetings.  
“A final decision about moving the sheriff’s department has not been made.  But because we are moving in that direction, we are taking the preliminary steps to make that possible.”
On the possibility of the County Commissioners reclaiming their offices after the Prosecutor moves out of them, Comm. Vanover said, “The commission is focusing first on providing adequate office space and facilities for others.  We occasionally discuss creating a shared workspace for commissioners to use.  But most of our time and effort is directed at helping others first.”
 “The CVB Office and Welcome Center is currently in a “to be determined” status, “Jennifer Goering said. “As a County Department I have to take my direction from the Commission. There are several options for a new location but I am waiting for the Commission to get the final proposal/presentation from the Consultants 

Good Dogs! 
Thirteen dogs were approved at the January 25th Parkville Living Center Pet Power temperament testing, conducted by Dr. Debra Nickoson, assisted by Martha Green, KCMO, and Bill Collins, Platte City.  

Dogs were tested on their reactions and interactions with wheelchairs, walker, group ‘hugs’, and return  when called to prepare them  for visits to nursing homes and other group sites. All pets are required to be fully immunized with year round  flea/tick prevention. 

For others interested , the next new volunteer training and pet temperament testing will be in April at Parkville Living Center,819  Main, Parkville.
Pre registration and completed pet health required.

Email for more information:  plattepetpower@gmail.com or visit Parkville Living Center web page Pet Power for background and to access the required forms..


In a Special School Board meeting on January 5 the West Platte School District accepted the resignation of Paula Chambers, the District’s Special Education Director.  
When asked for a comment, West Platte Superintendent Dr. John Rinehart issued the following statement:
“Mrs. Paula Chambers, our special education director, has elected to leave West Platte at the end of January for personal reasons.  We wish her the best in her future endeavors and thank her for the good work she put in here for 5 1/2 years.”
Dr. Rinehart hasn’t yet announced a replacement Director for the remainder of the school year.
In December the Board accepted the resignation, “with regrets”, of Mike Lowe, High School Social Science teacher for many years.  Mr. Lowe is retiring.
Mr. Lowe has been very active at West Platte is frequently the voice heard announcing at school activities.
For the past several years he has been the boys and girls Head Cross Country Coach guiding West Platte runners to District Championships, and a boys and a girls State Championship.
In January, the Board accepted the resignation, “with regrets”, of Greg Reynolds. High School Math teacher.  Mr. Reynolds is retiring.
This year he was the Assistant softball coach, is currently the girls assistant varsity basketball coach and this spring will be the head baseball coach.
Also in January, the Board accepted the resignation, “with regrets,” of Nancy Cornelius, Special Education Teacher.  She  is also retiring.
The fourth retiree listed by West Platte is Julie Rodell, the Elementary School Librarian. 

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Pets Pass Tests for Nursing Home Visits

Pictured on the front row are state FFA officers (left to right): State Secretary, Jodi Robinson, Richmond; Vice President, Cooper Hamlin, Crest Ridge; Vice President, Jacob King, Dadeville; Vice President, Cody Garver, St. James; Vice President, Aubrey Jung, Perryville; Vice President, Malerie Schutt, Hermann. 
Standing behind them from L to R are the DeKalb members: Rylie Burdette, Grace Downing, Braylee Brown, Presli Punzo, Ava Donaldson, Klhoe Pflugradt, Kenzie Pflugradt, Landon Crockett, Ceci Sherlock, Ryder Hawk, Miley Phillips, Daniel Griffin, Connor Graber