The Fairfax R-3 School Board met August 18, 2016. Present were: Deanna Beck, Doug Miller, Chris Smith, Josh Oswald, Jon Graves and Mike Lewis, board members; Michael Garrett, superintendent; Dustin Barnes, principal; and Karen Burke, secretary.
Two thank you notes were read: from the family of Cassie Caudill for the donation from the Class of 2017, and from Libby Lotter and the family of Mike Leisman for the angel.
Board members voted to approve the agenda as presented.
Board members reviewed the minutes from the July 21 regular and executive meetings. They also reviewed the financial report and the monthly reconciliation report indicating a liquid balance of $474,056.08 as of July 31, 2016. Dr. Garrett reviewed the fund balance with the board, indicating a total balance of all institutions at $860,952.65 as of August 18, 2016.
The July monthly bills in the amount of $118,690.96 were reviewed and approved for payment.
Mr. Barnes reviewed enrollment numbers. There are 10 students in preschool, 67 in elementary, and 74 in high school.
Mr. Barnes also reported on general information relating to the beginning of school, including elementary back to school night, which was well attended.
Teachers have gone through their mandatory trainings. An active shooter training was held August 18, at the school.
He has received many compliments on the new flooring, painting, new gym, etc. The school looks great to start the year.
The school is continually updating the school website with parent and teacher information. They are also sending out sports information as well as classroom information on Twitter again this year.
State testing results from the spring are not in yet for grades 3-8. They will not be in until the first part of September, due to having a new test last year. EOC test scores for high school came in during the spring. Most areas looked good, but Biology was down across the state. They are looking at the exam to see if there are any issues that would have caused this to happen. They are going to re-issue cut scores in September.
Mr. Barnes has looked at other areas of MSIP and all of them appear to be very good once again. Nothing is finalized this year until October or November. He will discuss the report card more once those numbers are in and after they have the test results.
Four classes (Spanish 1 and 2, Speech and Astronomy) are being taught by distance education teachers through Google classroom and the new distance learning room. Nine students are taking online high school coursework through Odysseyware curriculums and 12 juniors and seniors are taking at least one dual credit class. Six students are attending Vo-Tech this fall.
New staff members are in and working hard. The veteran teachers are helping them along as well.
Mr. Barnes met with Coach Unternahrer and Mrs. Livengood on Friday, August 12, to go over all the shared responsibilities for the sports co-op. Everything has been lined out regarding who is responsible for what. Fairfax will be paying the bills for the co-op this year and then settling up with Tarkio at the end of the year. Laurie did this with CFX and has experience coding in expenses and revenues in this manner.
A co-op board meeting will be scheduled to share several issues with everyone.
Mr. Barnes would like to sell 30 Fairfax travel suits to the kids and raise a little money to put towards some of the E.A. gear the school is purchasing.
Dr. Garrett thanked all those who helped out at the football field to get it ready for Friday night’s game.
Fairfax staff had an intruder training August 18. He thanked the law enforcement for the training.
Dr. Garrett updated the board on a group that requested use of the building. It was the consensus of the board to continue having groups fill out the proper forms for use of the building and allowing Dr. Garrett to approve.
Board members voted to approve the consent agenda.
Board members voted to approve the Local Compliance Plan using the DESE model.
The board reviewed the annual secretary board report and voted to approve the ASBR as presented.
The bus routes were presented and approved.
The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the library.
Board members voted to go into executive session as allowed by the Revised Statutes of Missouri 610.021.3 and 610.021.6.