Tax Rate Hearing & Regular Meeting of the Rock Port R-II Board of Education
President Rich Dewhirst called the tax rate hearing to order at 7 p.m. Other members present were Harold Lawrence, Clay Vogler, Afton Schomburg, Dan Lucas, and Rochelle Henagan. Member Jeremy Davis entered the meeting at 7:08 p.m. Also present were High School Principal Jonnie Kemerling, Elementary Principal Steve Waigand, Superintendent Craig Walker, and Board Secretary Debbie Young.
The agenda was adopted. Mr. Walker presented the 2016-2017 budget information. Action was taken to adopt the 2016-2017 budget and to set the tax rate for 2016-2017 at $4.7791 which includes $0.7118 for the debt service levy. The tax rate hearing was then adjourned.
President Dewhirst called the regular meeting to order at 7:20 p.m. The agenda was adopted and the minutes of the regular meeting of July 14, 2016 were approved. Mr. Walker reviewed the financial information for the month ending July 2016. The July final check register, August check register to date, and the activity account checks were approved. Mr. Walker read a thank you note from Jamie Evans.
Mr. Waigand reported he and his family have officially moved to Rock Port. He has had the opportunity to work with many of our teachers throughout the summer and has been impressed with their professionalism and commitment to the profession. A special thanks to Mrs. Evans for helping to ensure a smooth transition. The dedication our elementary staff members show is remarkable! They have been spending some long hours the last few weeks preparing their classrooms for the first day of school. Some fresh coats of paint and rearranging of some learning spaces help to make the classroom environment warm and inviting. The custodial staff cleaned and shined the building so it’s ready for our first day of school. A special thanks to Crystal Schomburg, Jade Lemmon, and Gage Lemmon for painting the elementary hallways. The Backpack Buddies Program will continue to offer a weekend supply of food for some of our students. Tech Updates: Lawrence (2nd) and Roup (Preschool) will have new Promethean Boards installed in the coming weeks. PLTW Parents Info Night has been set for Thursday, September 1 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Student led “Showcase Nights” have been scheduled quarterly throughout the year. Staff Professional Development: In July I attended a New SPED Director’s Academy in Jefferson City. I completed 3 hours of training in the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention to be CPI certified. This was a refresher course from last year’s training. Mr. Walker, Mrs. Kemerling, and Mrs. Cox attended as well. Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Geib, Mrs. Vette, Mrs. Waigand, Mrs. Farley, and I attended a PLTW Training Day on August 3rd. This was a follow-up to the 4 day training they attended in Maryville through NWRPDC in July.
Mrs. Kemerling reviewed several upcoming dates and activities. This past spring, all of our junior students (11th graders) took the ACT test. Our students outscored the state average in all four tested areas and in their composite score. Our students’ average composite score was 20.9. The state composite average was 19.7. Congratulations to our students and teachers for this accomplishment! I look forward to a great year of learning, success, and great memories for our Blue Jay students, staff, and community. Go, Jays!!!
Mr. Walker commended the custodial staff for all their hard work in preparing our facilities for the new school year, and reported that, at the conclusion of registration, it appears the district will gain approximately 15 new students. He stated the auditor was in the district last week, and at this time no concerns were noted. Mr. Walker reported Herzog Construction is scheduled to begin working on the track on Monday, August 22. He reviewed the project timeline noting this was dependent upon the weather. The parents on the 2016 After Prom Committee would like to donate their remaining funds to purchase a sign to go with the new scoreboard. They are currently working on the design with administration and the Tarkio Avalanche. The Boosters have donated funds and are currently working on renovations to the men’s restroom at the stadium. Mr. Walker reported the cooler in the kitchen is currently being repaired. Mr. Walker stated the district will be the recipient of a grant from Monsanto to be used to implement the “Project Lead the Way” program in the elementary. He also noted that the district has received funds from the Morgan Trust to purchase additional Chromebooks. We are very grateful for the support from Monsanto and Citizens Bank & Trust.
The board proceeded to address several items of new business. Action was taken to approve the DESE District Contact Personnel List, to establish the 2016-2017 tuition equal to the state adequacy target of $6,110, and to approve activity admission fees at the same amounts as last year. Activity admission fee for 2016-2017 are: Adults – $4; Students – $3; Adult Activity Passes – $40; Student Activity Passes – $25; Family Activity Passes – $100; RP Wrestling Invitational: Adults – $5 and Students $3. Action was taken to approve the 2015 – 2016 Annual Secretary of the Board Report, to set the TAB Committee appointments for 2016-2017, to approve updates to board policy 2655, to employ Emily Stanton as a high school paraprofessional, to employ Stacy Walker as assistant cross country coach, and to employ Jim Skillen as a part-time high school language arts instructor and high school girls basketball coach. The meeting was then adjourned.