Plans underway to move 6th grade to junior high

The regular meeting of the Tarkio R-I Board of Education was held Thursday, January 18, 2018, in the board meeting room at Tarkio High School. The meeting was called to order by Board President Steve Klute at 6:00 p.m. Attending the meeting were board members Jeff Meyer, Jamie Barnett, Lydia Hurst, Bruce Lang, and board secretary Diane Hicks. Board member Chris Yates came in at 6:09 p.m. and board member Rachel Graves came in at 6:26 p.m. Others attending the meeting included Tarkio R-I Superintendent Karma Coleman, Tarkio Elementary Principal Deborah Taylor, Tarkio R-I Special Education Director Kari Taylor, and Tarkio R-I teachers Blu Dow, Markie Sundermann, Deyton Thomson, Dara Wennihan, Renee Hull, Jennifer Peregrine, Carrie Driskell, Brooke Walton, Dallas Prather, and Dustin Lambertsen.
The board voted to approve minutes of the December 18, 2017, meeting, as well as the transfer of incidental funds to special revenue to pay certificated salaries. The agenda was approved, as well as the district obligations.
Thank you cards were distributed to all board members from students in support of School Board Appreciation Week. A thank you card to the Board of Education from the Class of 2021 was also read.
Dr. Deborah Taylor reported that attendance is right around 96% in the elementary. At this time, the testing has been scheduled for the week of April 23rd.
Tarkio High School Principal Carrie Livengood’s report was given by Mrs. Karma Coleman. She reported the attendance is 96.8% in the jr. high and high school. Plans are underway to move the 6th grade from the elementary school to the junior high wing.
Mrs. Kari Taylor reported that there has been one new student registered in the high school.
Mrs. Coleman reported on the EA expenses, lunch fundraiser, salary comparison, 275 Conference comparison, and a facilities report.
The first reading of the 2018-19 school calendar took place. The board voted to approve names presented for subbing. Mrs. Livengood would like to recommend hiring Megan Calfee for the science position. The board voted to approve the hiring of Megan Calfee. The board voted to approve the Missouri Assessment Partnership.
The meeting moved into closed session pursuant to RSMo 610.001-610.22 at 7:02 p.m. The meeting moved back into open session at 8:26 p.m. The board unanimously voted to extend the superintendent’s contract through the 2019-20 school year. The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.