The business of education becomes more technical, more complicated, and requires more efficiency each year. While some would like to return to the days of reading, writing, and rithmetic, our students require new technology and skills just to keep up in todays world. Area school boards and administrators have attempted to make prudent decisions for our children and our funds.
In a rural area, particularly, the school is a hub for the community. It not only serves an educational role, but as a social center as well. Families gather for sporting events, awards ceremonies, concerts, dinners, and fund raisers. When a school is successful, so is its community.
Randolph County has five public school districts: Moberly, Westran, Higbee R-III,
Northeast R-IV, and Renick R-V. All are K-12 except Renick which is K-8. All are in the process of or have just completed aggressive building programs to improve their facilities.
Moberly Public Schools are divided into elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12).
Private schools in Moberly are St. Pius X Catholic School (K-8), Maranatha Adventist School (K-12), and Terrill Road Christian School (K-12).
Moberly Area Community College was founded 1927 and today is a thriving, growing campus located at the west end of Rollins Street on College Avenue, with an enrollment of approximately 2000. MACC offers both day and evening classes, on-campus, off-campus, and dual credit in the area high schools. The emphasis is on low student-teacher ratios, individualized attention, and respect for the rich diversity of students served. More than 800 courses are offered during the academic year.
Students wishing to complete their four-year degree at MACC may take advantage of the "Plus Two" partnership with Columbia College, begun in 1996. A quality education coupled with convenient, flexible scheduling allows students to earn a degree in business administration, history, or independent studies.
Central Christian College of the Bible is a four-year college, established in 1957. Three degrees, bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, and bachelor of theology are available. The purpose of this institution is to train church leaders and Christian workers for service both in and outside of the church.
Accelerated evening programs, designed specifically for professional men and women, are offered in the Moberly area by the Williams Woods University College of Graduate and Adult Studies. The programs are offered at the Central Christian College of the Bible and are held one night per week for four hours. William Woods primary campus is in Fulton, Missouri.
Adult and community education classes are offered through Moberly Area Vocational School. Subjects such as cooking, golf, and line dancing are offered "just for fun." Those who need to upgrade their job skills may choose from a list which includes electronics, welding, and computer classes. Class length ranges from one to twelve sessions.
Excellent health care is readily available to Moberly area residents through Moberly Regional Medical Center, a 114-bed, primary and secondary health facility offering a variety of medical services. This diversity is enriched by a medical staff of 95 physicians serving MRMC either as active or consulting members. Physicians are an integration of MDs and DOs with 60 percent Board Certified in their applicable specialties.
Located within the hospital are a number of ancillary departments including 24-hour laboratory service, a Level III Trauma Center emergency room, and a complete physical therapy department. A geropsychiatric unit focuses on the medical and psychiatric needs of patients over 55 years of age. The hospital has three operating suites with recovery rooms and a critical care unit plus a state-of-the art birthing room. The radiology department is equipped with diagnostic x-ray, ultrasound, mammography, CT, and nuclear medicine equipment. Cardiac and pulmonary rehab, fitness programs, and physician-ordered diagnostic stress tests are handled in the hospitals Wellness Center.
Moberly Dialysis Center is located just west of the hospital. The center has 12 stations and the capability to treat 36 patients per day.
There are three excellent nursing care facilities within the county. All are Medicare and Medicaid approved. Most provide long-term care as well as post-surgical, rehab and recuperative, respite, and adult day care. Several residential facilities are also available for individuals who are capable of functioning in a less restrictive environment yet still require assistance with medical needs for daily living.
Home health care programs and hospice programs provide individualized medical care in the comfort of ones own home. Rehabilitation services are available from several area providers. These services round out the total health-care package available to the residents of Randolph County and the surrounding area.
Moberly city government is a "Council/Manager" style with five council members elected at-large who appoint a professional city manager. The City of Moberly has several departments, including fire, police, water and sewer, airport, street, and community development. The Moberly Park Board operates the city parks.
Public safety for the city is in the capable hands of the Moberly Police and Fire Departments. The police department has 37 officers, eight civilian employees, and the local enhanced 911 service for the 263 and 269 prefix areas. In addition, the police department has weather and emergency management communications equipment to announce emergencies to the public. The Moberly Fire Department operates out of two modern stations with four major pieces of equipment, including pumpers and a 100-foot aerial ladder truck. Fire insurance rates are excellent for the city due to an emphasis on training and equipment to meet insurance company requirements.
The city offers excellent water and sewer, trash and recycling services as well. Curbside recycling is provided and residents pay for trash on a "pay as you use" per bag system. Moberly is one of the few communities still operating its own landfill. Ample water supply from city-owned Sugar Creek Lake provides clear, clean and safe drinking water. A new wastewater treatment plan is now "on-line" and is able to treat 2.5 million gallons of wastewater each day. The citys street department takes care of cleaning, patching and repairing streets on an on-going basis. A designated sales tax provides funds for major street repairs, expansions, and improvements.
Randolph County is governed by three commissioners. Randolph County is responsible for roads and bridges in unincorporated portions of the county and takes that responsibility very seriously as new bridges are built each year. The Randolph County Sheriffs office has 14 full-time deputies who patrol the county roads, provide security for two courthouses, and assist the Moberly Police department when needed.
The county seat is located in Huntsville. Offices of the commissioners, county clerk, assessor, recorder, and treasurer are found in the courthouse located there. A circuit court, sheriffs office, and other court-related offices are housed in the Moberly courthouse.
The Randolph County Ambulance District provides service to the entire county. Located east of the Highway 24 and 63 intersection, the headquarters is near the hospital and only a few minutes from anywhere in the county. In addition to ambulance services, the district provides extrication and an underwater rescue team.
Reaching to the heavens, the spires that overlook Moberlys faith community symbolize a strong and continuous commitment to spiritual growth and understanding. Moberly and the surrounding county are home to over 50 churches representing all major denominations who are bonded together by a vigorous and active leadership committed to promoting a strong sense of communal togetherness. Those congregations welcome you to worship with them and join them for fellowship.
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