The Rock Port R-II Board of Education held its regular meeting December 13, 2018. Vice-president Clay Vogler called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Other board members present were Afton Schomburg, Ken Miller, Harold Lawrence, and Dan Lucas. Members Jeremy Davis and Rich Dewhirst were absent. Also present were High School Principal Donnie Parsons, Superintendent Ethan Sickels, Board Secretary Debbie Young, and Teresa Mertens. 

The agenda was adopted and the minutes of the regular meeting of November 13, 2018, were approved. 

Mr. Sickels reviewed the financial information for the month ending November 2018. Approval was given to the transfer of funds, the November final check register, December check register to date, and the activity account checks.

Mr. Sickels read a thank you note from Mrs. Lynn Hunter.

Mr. Waigand’s report was reviewed in his absence. November attendance was 97.23% (192 students). Fourth grade was tops this month with 98.55%. December’s character trait is compassion. Classroom teachers had an opportunity to see how their students did on last year’s MAP tests. The results were solid from a dedicated and talented group of teachers. Computer Science Education Week is December 3-7. A special thanks to Mrs. Tiffanie Gaines for organizing Hour of Code activities with elementary students throughout the week. Students have an opportunity to shop in the Blue Jay Shop for family members and experience the true joy of “giving” this holiday season. Thank you to Mrs. Teten for all the work she has put into organizing the event. Proceeds from the shop will go toward a touch-screen TV in the elementary. Magen Norcross, ACES social worker, held Good Touch/Bad Touch presentation for grades K-6 December 6 in the library. Student Council is putting on a door decorating contest this holiday season. The theme is “Kindness is Warm” with a focus on student-created decorations for the doorways. Our Workout Wednesday this month had a twist (no pun intended). Grade levels paired up with a buddy classroom (Pre-K and 3rd, kindergarten and 4th, 1st and 5th, 2nd and 6th) for some fun and exercise. The goal was to get together with other grade levels and students we normally don’t see in the course of the day. I heard a lot of positive feedback from the day; we will try it again in May. A special thanks to Mark, Steve, Georgia, Valerie, and crew on clearing walkways during some of our recent measurable snow falls. Mrs. Ellis, Mrs. Hays, and Mrs. Michelle Garst have been busy planning a festive month of December fun. Events include adopting a family, sweet treat exchange, collecting workroom items, Santa/Elf dress up day, and ugly sweater day. Several dates and upcoming events were noted. Monthly staff professional development was reported, and Mrs. Mertens gave an update on the Title 1 Reading Program.

Mr. Parsons reviewed several upcoming dates and activities. November attendance for the junior high and high school was 96.59%, and enrollment for grades 7-12 is 153. It’s been a busy past month with lots of events for our kids, including FCCLA officers attending the Cluster meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, the 8th graders toured Community Hospital-Fairfax, juniors participated in ACDC Career Day and took the ASVAB, the sophomore FFA members attended the Farm Show, our band and choir had a chance to showcase their talents, and our Peer Counselors attended a day of training. The unofficial MAP and EOC results from last spring are in, and we hope to have more information by next month. Mrs. Palmer will have a student teacher from Northwest Missouri State University this spring, and we will have several practicum students from Peru State College doing observations as well. All-State volleyball and football awards went to Kelcie Gaines, Dalton Stevens, and Gavin Abbott. Winter sports participation numbers were reviewed, and staff reports were received from Mrs. Acton, Mrs. Jenkins, Mrs. Herron, and Mr. Herron. 

Mr. Sickels gave an update on the EDF Renewables windfarm and the potential sale to Ameren Electric as well as the pending legislation in Jefferson City regarding the taxation. He will keep the board informed of any new information he receives from the Atchison County Clerk. Mr. Sickels reported the initial MAP/EOC scores have been received from DESE, and we hope to have more detailed reports available next month along with the district APR scores. Mr. Sickels informed the board that the Tarkio College Foundation hosted the administrators from the local school districts for tours of the facility and an informational meeting regarding their future vocational offerings. The monthly program evaluation reports on contracted services and transportation were reviewed.

The November TABS meeting and the finance committee meeting reports were reviewed.

The board proceeded to address several items of new business. Action was taken to approve the 2017-2018 audit, to approve amendments to the 2018-2019 budget, to accept the bid from Ron Owen in the amount of $11,000 for mowing all school properties for the 2019 mowing season, and to accept the resignation of Kathy Ungles effective at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

The board then moved into executive session for legal matters and for personnel matters. Upon returning to open session the meeting was adjourned.