The Tarkio R-I Board of Education regular board meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on October 19, 2017, by Board President Steve Klute. Board members in attendance were Chris Yates, Jeff Meyer, Jamie Barnett, Bruce Lang, Rachel Graves and board secretary, Diane Hicks. Lydia Hurst was absent. Others in attendance were Tarkio R-I Superintendent Karma Coleman, Tarkio High School Principal Carrie Livengood, Tarkio Elementary Principal Dr. Deborah Taylor, Blu Dow, Kerri Wilson, Dallas Prather, Amy Haddock, Selena Somerville, Jayne Martin, Katelyn Dunkin, Richard Weidenaar, Amy Weidenaar, Ricky Weidenaar, and Audrey Wiedenaar.
The consent agenda was approved, as well as the district obligations. A thank you from the family of Cathy Carter for the flowers sent to the services from the district and staff was read.
The board voted to approve the purchase of mat covers to cover the mats at each end of the gym.
Elementary Principal Dr. Deborah Taylor stated the enrollment in the elementary is holding right around 200 students.  The book fair was well attended. Dr. Taylor reported the elementary parent/teacher conferences were well attended.
High School Principal Carrie Livengood reported the attendance rate is staying at 97.25%. The enrollment is at 143 students and the parent teacher conferences were well attended.
Special Education Director Kari Taylor reported that she attended a Love & Logic conference in Omaha, Nebraska. She brought to the attention of everyone of an Autism Specialist that will be speaking in February and suggested that several attend.
Superintendent Karma Coleman reported the new web page has gone live and the family of Dean Curnutt had made a donation of $25,000 to the STEM program in the elementary.
The board voted to approve the new addition to the substitute teacher list. Board members also voted to approve the budget updates as presented. Mrs. Coleman presented bids for a new copy machine. The board voted to approve the bid from ProServe.
The meeting moved into closed session to record and vote pursuant to RSMo 610.021 for the purpose of discussing hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of particular employees at 8:03 p.m. The meeting came out of closed session and adjourned at 9:28 p.m.