The Tarkio R-I Board of Education met February 15, 2018, at Tarkio High School. The regular board meeting was called to order by President Steve Klute at 6:00 p.m. Board members attending were: Chris Yates, Jeff Meyer, Jamie Barnett, Lydia Hurst and Bruce Lang. Rachel Graves was absent. Others in attendance included Tarkio R-I Superintendent  Karma Coleman, Tarkio High School Principal Carrie Livengood, Tarkio Elementary Principal Deborah Taylor, Dallas Prather, Blu Dow, Dustin Lambertsen, Brooke Walton, Barb Tubbs, Dara Wennihan, Jennifer Peregrine, Jane Martin, Mike Farmer, and Sam Hannah.
The minutes of the January 18, 2018, meeting were approved, as well as the transfer of incidental funds to special revenue to pay certified salaries. The consent agenda was approved, as well as district obligations.
The CTA report was presented. The students have been very busy the first part of this year. The younger students celebrated the 100th day of school with special activities. The third graders performed their much-loved parachute routine. The fifth graders started an “Adopt a Pilot” program, coordinating with Southwest Airlines pilot Keith Dahlgren. The sixth graders are immersed in the D.A.R.E. program. P.E. students will begin Jump Rope for Heart in March. The jr. high and high school music students will perform their small ensemble and solo pieces March 15 for family and friends at THS. Some music students have and will perform at the MSHSAA’s sanctioned festival in St. Joseph, Honor Choir, and Atchison County Band & Choir Day. FCCLA had five of six areas of competition make it onto state competition in March and are currently celebrating FCCLA/FBLA Week.
Dara Wennihan was in attendance to ask permission to take her FCCLA state qualifiers on an overnight trip to state contest. The board voted to allow it.
Duke Snider from CTS Group Report went over the feasibility study on using Heartland Rec Center and offered suggestions for improvements and ADA compliance.
Dr. Taylor reported that the attendance rate for the elementary in January was 94%. She reported that there are several positive things happening in the elementary.
Mrs. Livengood reported that the high school is staying right at a 96.7% attendance rate. She reported that Mrs. Parsons had students make it to state FBLA and Mrs. Wennihan had students make it to state FCCLA. The JH will be having their play this Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.
A special education report was handed out. There are currently 63 students on IEPs; with one initial referral in process and a possible transfer student. The search for the 2018-19 high school special education teacher has concluded. ACES will have a change of  OT/PT service providers beginning next year, which will now be therapists from Community Hospital-Fairfax (InSPIRe Rehab). Seven high school students participated in the MU Pre-Employment Transition Specialist Job Shadowing program Wednesday, visiting Hy-Vee, the Avalanche, and Pizza Hut.
Mrs. Coleman reported on EA Wolves’ revenues and expenses to this point. She reported on the salary/welfare committee meeting. She also commented on facilities in addition to Duke Snider’s report. She also presented a review of revenues/expenditures for the 2017-18 budget and a tax receipts comparison.
The 2018-19 school calendar had its second reading and the board voted to approve the second reading.
The board voted to approve the new sub, as well as to hire Kayti Shrader as the new high school special education teacher for the 2018-19 school year.
The board voted to accept the resignation of Jayme Wood as head high school volleyball coach. The board also voted to approve the Student Teaching Agreement with Graceland University.
The board voted to pay Cell Tower Solutions a fee to access the cell towers in our district accurately.
The Board of Education will hold a special board meeting on March 5, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
The board voted to purchase a new stock trailer for the ag department.
The old bus barn property was discussed.
The Board of Education will hold a reorganization meeting on Wednesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. The April Board of Education meeting will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 6:00 p.m.
The meeting moved to closed session at 7:20 p.m. The board voted to extend Tarkio High School Principal Carrie Livengood’s contract another year and to offer Tarkio R-I Special Education Director Kari Taylor a two year contract. The meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m.