The Tarkio R-I Board of Education met on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Tarkio High School. The meeting was called to order by Board President Steve Klute with everyone reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Board members in attendance were Chris Yates, Jamie Barnett, Lydia Hurst, Bruce Lang, Rachel Graves, Steve Klute, and board secretary, Diane Hicks. Corey Lesher was absent. Others attending the meeting included Tarkio R-I Interim Superintendent Rob Dowis, Tarkio Elementary Principal Dr. Deborah Taylor, Tarkio High School Principal Carrie Livengood, HT Adams, Bill Joesting, Rod McEnaney, and Dustin Lambertsen.
Board President Steve Klute opened the floor for discussion regarding the tax rate for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Mr. Rob Dowis provided detailed information regarding the tax rate. The tax rate presented was 3.6519 going to the Fund 1, General Fund.
The agenda was presented with changes to the new business items: Item A approve FFA Monsanto Grant, Item C Budget, and Item H Tax Rate. The agenda was accepted as presented with the changes to the new business. Meeting minutes from July 21, 2016, August 8, 2016, and August 9, 2016, were approved, as well as the transfer of incidental funds to special revenue to pay certificated salaries and district obligations.
The board voted to accept the bid of $54,750 received from Access Elevator & Lifts Inc. for the chair lift.
The trash bids were opened: American Recycling bid of $374.00 and Klosek Trash Service bid of $350.00. The board voted to approve the low bid from Klosek Trash Service of $350.00/month with service to begin September 1, 2016.
Hy-Vee was the only bid received for bread. The bid is the same as 2015/16 with no increase. The board voted to approve the bread bid from Hy-Vee.
Carrie Livengood reviewed some projected special education numbers and some newly enrolled students. Dr. Deborah Taylor reported that the enrollment in the elementary is 188 students. The new playground surface is complete and very nice. Mrs. Livengood reported the enrollment for grades 7-12 is 126 students. Mr. Rob Dowis congratulated and complimented the principals and entire staff on starting the new year on a positive note.
Mr. Lambertsen and the FFA applied and received a $25,000.00 Monsanto Grant. The grant will help to provide a teaching laboratory for the vocational agriculture program. The board approved the $25,000.
Mr. Dowis reviewed the Annual Secretary of the Board Report (ASBR) with the board. The board found this to be very informative. The board approved the preliminary ASBR.
Rachel moved to roll the 2015-16 ending budget to the beginning budget for 2016-17. The motion carried.
The board voted to approve Amy Hurst to substitute for the 2016-17 school year. The board voted to approve Liz Klute to substitute for the 2016-17 school year. The board voted to approve the substitute list for the 2016-17 school year.
Rachel moved and Chris seconded to re-adopt the conflict of resolution policy. The motion carried 6-0. Lydia moved and Rachel seconded to approve the tentative bus routes. The motion carried 6-0. Rachel moved and Bruce seconded to approve Mr. Thomson as LEA. The motion carried 6-0. Rachel moved and Bruce seconded to set the tax rate for the 2016-17 school year at 3.6519/hundred. The motion carried 6-0.
The meeting went into closed session at 10:18 p.m. At 10:30 p.m., open session resumed and the board voted 6-0 to hire HT Adams as Administrative Assistant. The meeting adjourned at 10:51 p.m.