Academy’s first day: Aug. 15

Pre-school classes begin next Monday at Victory Academy in Seymour

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Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 5:00 pm

Classes at the Victory Academy in Seymour, located on North Main Street, begin next Wednesday, Aug. 15, Administrator Teresa Bruffett said, with pre-school classes starting next Monday.

Bruffett said there are more than 20 different churches with various denominations represented at the academy in grades one through 12.

“The Victory Academy was open for 20 years at its Ava location and will enter its third year here in Seymour for this school year,” explained Teresa Yarger, president of the academy’s school board. “The academy has students enrolled for the (upcoming) 2018-19 school year from age 2 through the 12th grade.”

Yarger, who lives in rural Seymour, leads the school board and has been employed with The Seymour Bank for 18 years as a loan administrator. She attends the Seymour Nazarene Church, currently serving as treasurer of the church board.

She is in her second year as the board’s president.

The school board’s vice president is Mitch Jakusz, who has served since 2007. He is a builder and remodeler. He and his family attend the Hilltop Victory Chapel in Thornfield.

He had two children who are graduates of the academy.

Seymour’s Melanie McFarland serves as the board’s secretary and currently has two children attending the academy.

She has been employed with Associated Electric Cooperative for 10 years and is the senior financial analyst in the treasury department. She is an active member of the Seymour First Christian Church.

Steve Kelly is the board’s treasurer. He was a hospital chief executive officer for more than 30 years and currently serves as an assistant professor at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. He is a member of the Grace Community Church in Newton, Kan.

Another board member is Helen Lamb of Seymour, who fills her retirement days with volunteering and attends the Seymour United Methodist Church. She retired after working 31 years for Head Start.

The board’s final member is Beau Mathison, who has three children attending the Victory Academy. He is a salesman and attends the Restoration Church in Springfield, where he has been a worship leader for 13 years.

Recently retired from the board is Scott Richardson, who resided in Cedar Gap. A longtime patrolman and now supervisor for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Richardson was the board’s president prior to Yarger and served on the board for six years.

“We thank Scott so much for his service and all of his support to the school,” Yarger said.

She added that openings are available for any new students at the academy, which she stressed was a non-denominational school with affordable tuition.

More about the Victory Academy can be found online at

The school is located at 437 North Main Street in Seymour and can be reached at 417-935-2315.

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