Severe Weather Alert

We are watching the weather as it develops today. There is a chance for severe weather this afternoon. Our plan is to keep students at school in sheltered areas if a tornado warning is issued until the end of the warning. This could possibly mean that buses will run later this afternoon. We will keep you updated on Facebook, our website and through k12 alerts.

Free to a Good Home :)

Scrap Metal scattered in grass

We have been doing improvements and we have some miscellaneous scrap metal, fencing, lighting and more available to community members of Couch School District. If interested, please come by the school office between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., March 30 so we can show you what is available. We will remove the post once someone has claimed the items.

Special thank you to Ms. Jessica Finley

Ms. Jessica Finley has donated handmade baby afghans to our Child Development Class to use with our RealCare Babies.

Decision Day 2023

Potential Threats and Hoax Calls

Within recent weeks, several schools around the country, including one in Missouri have been impacted by an increasing number of hoax reports of active shooter incidents. We want to assure everyone that we are aware of the incidents and we take all threats seriously until proven otherwise. If we receive such a threat, our plans include rapid communication of accurate information. We encourage you to stay in touch by visiting our school's webpage at We will also use k12 alerts to send out mass notifications via phone, email, and sometimes text.

The Couch R-I School District will always remain vigilant regardless of false reports, and we will also pursue any potential prosecution regarding those who seek to disrupt school by making a false threat. As always, we encourage anyone with concerning information about a student or situation to report it immediately to us. If it is outside of normal school hours, please call law enforcement and/or Missouri's school tipline, Courage2Report (866-748-7047,

Educationally Yours,
Jean Meyer

Spring Pictures, March 28th

Be sure to dress your best!

Seeking Elementary Teacher for the 2023-2024 School Year

Couch R-1 Elementary School is seeking an elementary teacher for the 2023-2024 school year. We offer a competitive wage, benefits, and a 4 day school week. If you are interested, please email Katie Janes at or call 417-938-4212. Couch R-1 is a great place to work! We hope you want to make it your new workplace.

School History

The original school, "Jobe School," was located at New Salem across the highway from the New Salem Church and Cemetery, and one mile east of the town of Couch. Consolidation of several elementary school districts started in 1923 with Jobe, Bond and others so a high school could be organized. The first year the high school only had ninth grade, with Guy Sipe as superintendent. Through his efforts a second year was obtained which made it a third class high school. Couch remained a two-year high school until 1929 when further consolidation was undertaken, thereby making it a fully accredited first class high school. The six members of the graduating class of 1930 were the first for the newly credited four year high school.

During the 1930-31 school year Couch School had an enrollment of 190 students; 67 high school and 123 in elementary with a total of six teachers. Because consolidation had made the enrollment so large a new site and building were needed. During 1930 bonds were voted to build a new school building. A site was chosen nearer the center of the district, with a new building erected in 1939, which is still in use today. During 1940-1941 with the help of NYA labor a new agriculture building with classroom and shop area was constructed. In 1950 a new elementary building was constructed. 1955 saw a new vocational agriculture building with the old agriculture building being remodeled into a new cafeteria. April of 1965 saw another bond voted in for a new gym with classrooms for science and music. Title one funds in 1966 provided a new library. In 1977 and 1978 two trailers were added for remedial classes. The 1990’s saw an addition to the library for computer labs and junior high classrooms.

Couch High School again saw enrollment rise in 1977 with the addition of high school bound students from Ripley County R3 (Gatewood) School. In 2003 Ripley County R4 (Lonestar) School ninth grade students also joined the student body.

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