The Tarkio R-I Board of Education held a special board meeting March 5, 2018, at Heartland Recreation Center in Tarkio. The meeting was called to order by board president Steve Klute at 6:00 p.m. Attending the meeting were board members Lydia Hurst, Jamie Barnett, Bruce Lang, Jeff Meyer, Steve Klute, and board secretary, Diane Hicks. Others in attendance were Mike Farmer, Bill Joesting, Dr. Deborah Taylor, Kari Taylor, Lisa Clement, Janene McEnaney, Rachel Meyer, Kurtis Clark, Shawn Minter, Jo Lynn Whittington, Jennifer Peregrine, Ed Salmond, Deyton Thomson, Curt Livengood, Dustin Lambertsen, Sam Hannah, Markie Sundermann, Shannon Bruns, Amanda Powell, Dallas Prather, Blu Dow, and Aimeé Seymour. Also in attendance were CTS members Rodney Bridger, Engineer, Stephen Matlock, Architect, Scott Rirle, Project Manager, Duke Snider, Construction Manager, Tim McCarthy, Engineer, and Dave Halley, CTS Representative. Bruce moved and Lydia seconded to approve the agenda with the addition of item B. The motion carried 5-0. Jeff moved and Bruce seconded the quotes for the work at the baseball field with the approval of the city. The motion carried 5-0. CTS presentation of Facilities The representatives from CTS provided information for the necessary updates. The CTS team provided the results of the feasibility study and their recommendations for improvements to the 45,000 sq. ft. Heartland Rec facility. Discussion was held. Upon approval from the district’s attorney, the RFQ/RFP will be published in the local newspaper through March 26, 2018. The final decision and vote will take place at the April 11 board meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 7:18 p.m. The next board meeting will be held March 15 at 7 p.m. at Tarkio High School. Editor’s Notes: Total cost estimate for the Heartland Recreation Center project is around $3 million. To build a new building today (with all this one includes) would cost roughly $9 million. To build a new gym by itself (24,000 sq. ft.) would be roughly $4.5 million. Heartland Rec’s utility bills this past month were around $8,000. After renovations are made to the building, the utility bill would be around $3,250 per month.

Hear ye, hear ye! The Knights of the Round Table are calling for more loyal followers. The Mule Barn Theatre Guild, in partnership with the Missoula (Montana) Children’s Theatre, will present King Arthur’s Quest July 9-14, 2018, in the Tarkio High School Auditorium.
Boys and girls who have completed kindergarten through 12th grades are invited to audition for spots in the musical, which follows King Arthur on a journey through medieval England. It’s an original twist on a familiar story, but weaves its way through a landscape full of surprises. King Arthur, joined by Guinevere, Merlin and Lancelot, will face dragons, sorcerers and knights in an original production of the historical fairy tale. Auditions are not scary; everyone who auditions gets a part in the musical. The Missoula directors will arrive with all the costumes, scenery, props and makeup.
Auditions will take place Monday, July 9, at 1 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Interested children may pick up a registration form at the Flower Mill in Tarkio or at any elementary school in the area. Scholarships are also available. After a week of rehearsals taking place each day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., two performances will be held on Saturday, July 14, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Lunch is provided for those who stay for both rehearsals. Not everyone will rehearse at the same time.
The guild, along with many local businesses, organizations and individuals, has sponsored the summer musical event for the past 16 years. The Missoula Children’s Theatre is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre. The group has traveled around the world for nearly four decades, performing Broadway musicals, comedies and original children’s productions of classic fairy tales and stories.

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