The Eagle Eye
A Focus on Well-being
News & Updates
Joplin Schools has Placed a 
Bond Request for $25 million on the April 7 Ballot

This bond request is to build a new elementary school combining West Central and Columbia and an addition at Kelsey Norman to provide safe and equitable learning environments for all our students.

Did you know that s ince 2013, the District has maintained a debt service of $0.91 per $100 of assessed property value? That equates to about $170 per year in property taxes for a $100,000 house. 

The passage of the bond on April 7, 2020 will not increase the tax rate, but would continue a Debt Service Levy no greater than the current levy an additional seven years from 2033 to 2040 .  


There are opportunities for summer work with the 2020 Census. If you would be interested in joining the 2020 Census team you can find more information here.

The Eagle Eye: A Focus on Well-being is now archived!

Catch up on what you missed! Go to > Staff Tab> scroll down to Human Resources and click on The Eagle Eye icon!
Eagle Nation Benefit News

Hey, Eagle Nation!

Do you want to learn more about your benefits and ways to save money? Keep an Eagle Eye out each month as we focus on your health and financial well-being . Watch for money saving tips and other information you need to know!
Did you miss it?

October 2019 through January 2020's issues of The Eagle Eye included cost saving tips for medical services and prescriptions.

No worries! Check out the archive under the staff tab on the district website to catch up!
Get the most out of your dental insurance!
The district provides the Base dental plan at no cost to full-time employees, and the Buy-up dental at a reduced cost. While both plans look like they pay the same for in and out-of-network providers, the difference is an in-network provider is contracted with MetLife and agreed to a discount, which makes your annual benefit stretch further! MetLife pays out-of-network providers a discounted rate, too; however, your provider may bill you the difference.
Find an in-network provider here !
Report a workplace injury on the day of the accident.

The district is required by state law to report all work injuries within 24 hours of the occurrence, regardless of the need for medical attention.
  1. Notify your supervisor.
  2. Complete an injury report. The injury report is on the district website, under the staff tab, scroll down, print it, complete it, then give it to your supervisor. (If you don't need immediate medical attention, sign the declination form. If your injury worsens, and you later need treatment, the district does direct your care, but we'll have the paperwork, and you'll receive care quicker.)

Become a Safety Fanatic!
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
(Report of the Superintendent to the School Board)
Premiums Collected

District ------------------ $3,925,836.00
Employee -------------- $1,558,703.00
Retiree and Cobra ----- $378,643.80
Interest Earned --------- $120,750.75
Total --------------------- $5,983,933.55
Fees and Claims Paid

Admin/Teledoc ---------- $206,694.78
Insurance Premium ---- $369,179.34
Health Claims --------- $3,817,839.28
Prescription Claims - $1,338,068.96
Total --------------------- $5,731,782.36

July 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019
(Report of the Superintendent to the School Board)
Premiums Collected

District ------------------- $1,815,320.00
Employee ----------------- $731,409.34
Retiree and Cobra ------ $165,857.40
Interest Earned ------------ $76,105.55
Total ---------------------- $2,788,693.29
Fees and Claims Paid

Admin/Teledoc ----------- $127,345.32
Insurance Premium ----- $218,729.37
Health Claims ---------- $1,919,758.93
Prescription Claims ------$722,075.77
Total ---------------------- $2,987,909.39
ACA Documents
IRS Notice 2019-63 allows employers until March 2, 2020 to provide the 2019 1095c to employees. Joplin Schools' forms were mailed on January 27th. Keep this form with your other tax documents.
Mandatory Annual Notices are posted to the district's website. You may also view them here by selecting either the PPO Plan's Annual Notice or the HSA Plan Annual Notice !
SafeSchools Training
Have you ever experienced an angry parent? This course is designed for any school staff member who may need to address the concerns of an angry parent. Topics include an explanation of "de-escalation" and a list of de-escalation strategies, an overview of the four basic Conflict Management models, and a description of effective interpersonal communication strategies.

  • Log in to SafeSchools
  • Click on Extra Training (left-hand side and looks like a play button)
  • Click on Human Resources
  • Click on Conflict Management: Managing the Angry Parent

Having difficulties? Try the Troubleshooting Tips
Calendar of Events
Access our District Calendar on our website or by clicking here for the Google calendar. Stay up to date with district events.

Don't see a district-wide event on here? Email to get it added. Thanks for helping us help you know about district happenings.
2019-2020 School Calendar Now Available
Cheers & Tears
Welcome to the Eagle Family
Please join us in welcoming our newest employees to the Eagle Family!

Remembering Geneva Canfield Zillox
Geneva Canfield Zilliox, age 91, Webb City, Missouri passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Freeman West.

Geneva was born November 28, 1928 in Oswego, Kansas, daughter of the late Jay M. Canfield and Anna Strickland Canfield. She graduated from Oswego High School, attended Parson's Junior College, and then received her Bachelor's degree from Kansas State Teacher's College, now Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, Kansas. She taught in Sherman City, Kansas as a primary school teacher, grades 1 - 4, and then taught 2nd grade at Westside School in Oswego, Kansas. She began teaching in Joplin in January of 1954 where she taught 1st grade at Eastmorland Elementary School until retiring in 1989.

She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Foundation, Missouri Retired Teachers Association, American Association of University Women, Joplin Area of Retired Personnel, also a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, and Ruby's Circle. She was a volunteer for Crosslines, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, and with Meals on Wheels.

In addition to her parents, Geneva was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Bob" Zilliox, who passed away on January 17, 2002; brothers, Robert Canfield and Daniel Canfield; sisters, Hazel Canfield and Catherine Cottengim.

Survivors include a sister, Ann Sramek of Oswego, Kansas; nephews, Jay Sramek, and James Canfield and wife, Shirley, all of Oswego, niece, Jené Short and husband, Barney of Joplin.
Safety Tip
Wellness Tip
Seven Ways to Avoid Getting Sick this Winter:

  1. Find Moist Air - We know it's cold, but fresh air will do you some good
  2. Train 5 days a week (or at least think about it) -Numerous studies show that regular exercise cuts cold and flu infections.
  3. Get your daily dose of D - Sunlight is in short supply during the winter, but as the primary provider of vitamin D, it’s essential that you get some sun exposure during the darker months. According to a three-year study published in Epidemiology and Infection, people who took 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily had 70 percent fewer colds and flu than those taking a placebo.
  4. Stay two arms' lengths away - If there's an outbreak of flu in your environment, keep your distance.
  5. Clean up after yourself -Wipe down your keyboards, remotes, door handles and so on.
  6. Double down on Vitamin Z - David Katz, founder of the Yale University Prevention Research Center and author of Disease-Proof, writes that a good night’s sleep will do more to make you fighting fit than most anything else.
  7. Eat more protein - And finally, a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases shows that diets low in protein can weaken the immune system. So add protein-rich foods such as milk, Greek yogurt, eggs, and fish to your daily menus and eat your way into good health this winter.
“Grit is knowing who you are and where you are headed, moving determinedly forward with eyes fixed on the mark, rather than the obstacles that lie in wait.” -Christine Bisch

Employee Discounts

Don't forget to use Employee Discounts while shopping locally - you can find those here:   Employee Discounts .
The Eagle Eye: A Focus on Well-being is a monthly e-newsletter where you will find news, updates, reminders, wellness challenges, celebrations, etc. from the human resources department! The e-newsletter will be shared during the last week of each month. Thanks for viewing!