The Fairfax R-3 Board of Education held its regular meeting March 16, 2017. Present were: Deanna Beck, Josh Oswald, Doug Miller, Chris Smith, Matt Heits, Mike Lewis and Jon Graves, board members; Michael Garrett, Fairfax R-3 Superintendent; Dustin Barnes, K-12 Principal; Karen Burke, secretary; and Patty Bredensteiner, CTA representative.
Board members approved the agenda, the minutes from the February 16 regular and executive meetings, and the special meetings March 2 and March 9. The board reviewed the financial report and the monthly reconciliation re­port indicating a liquid balance of $872,585.21 as of February 28, 2017. Dr. Garrett reviewed the fund balance with the board, indicating a total balance of all institutions at $1,067,306.79 as of March 16, 2017. February monthly bills in the amount of $86,386.04 were reviewed and approved for payment.
Principal’s Report
Students from Fairfax in grades 3-6 read 12,094 pages in the Route 66 reading challenge! The winning team and the leading readers from each team received a lunch at Alva and Dixie Stoner’s house.
The school is working on a technology grant from Monsanto. Help to spread the word and nominate the school!
The school play will take place on Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8.
Several elementary teams and individuals are participating in Battle of the Books in Tarkio.
MAP testing will begin mid-April.
Spring sports have begun. There are 22 out for baseball (14 from Tarkio and eight from Fairfax); four out for boys’ golf (three from Tarkio and one from Fairfax). The junior high and high school track season is also underway.
The East Atchison co-op board meeting was held on Monday, March 6.
Legal issues and questions arose regarding the discussion of coaches by this board. For now, the discussion of coaches would be held by administration from Tarkio and Fairfax. They will all meet on March 15 to determine a slate of fall and winter coaches.
It was the consensus of the board that if possible, junior high and high school head coaches for the same sport should be different individuals.
The board mem­bers talked about the possibility of having the same pay rate for all coaches, regardless of which school they came from.
It was determined by the board that practices will be divided a little more evenly between the two schools. The board recommended that we keep the following days as no practice days: Good Friday, the day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Weekend open gyms should be allowed provided they are not mandatory.
The board discussed transportation to home ball games (all games at Tarkio and Fairfax). The school will not provide transportation to home ball games next year.
The committee discussed the possibility of playing more home football games at Tarkio due to the facilities and field. It was recommended that there should be four varsity games and one jr. high football game at Tarkio and one varsity game and two jr. high games at Fairfax. Tarkio stated that if concessions (fundraising) was a concern, that the Fairfax FFA Chapter could serve concessions at one of the games in Tarkio.
There will be no tryouts for high school or junior high cheer. All who signed up will participate.
The EA Wolves Athletic Handbook is being reviewed and a few adjustments will be made for the next school year.
Superintendent’s Report
Local churches are considering a summer food program for the kids. They would like to utilize the school facility.
The consent agenda was approved. The board voted to approve the 2017-18 school year calendar as presented.
The EA Wolves Committee should not be making decisions on personnel. Administration will discuss that with their respective boards. Discussion items should in­clude, but not be limited to, practices, homecomings, games, recommendations for the boards, and ideas brought to the boards. Board members voted that the EA members from Fairfax school will not be allowed to discuss personnel. The purpose of the committee is to discuss ideas and serve as a final grievance board.
The board approved a number of regulations and policies.
The board voted to solicit mowing bids by section with everything inside the football field as one section and everything else as another section. Board members also voted to hire one part-time summer helper.
Board members voted to accept the $50 donation made to the playground fund in memory of Adah Pyeatt and Janet Moses.
The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting moved into executive session as allowed by the Revised Statutes of Missouri 610.021.3. and 610.021.6.