The Fairfax R-3 Board of Education met in regular session Thursday, January 17, 2019, in Elementary Room 3. Board president Mike Lewis called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Other board members present were: Doug Miller, Josh Oswald, Sam O’Riley and Marshal Oswald (7:18pm); absent were Chris Smith and Jon Graves.  Others present included Fairfax R-3 Superintendent Jeremy Burright, Fairfax K-12 Principal Dustin Barnes, and secretary Karen Burke.

Communications – Mike read a thank you note from Aimee Seymour for the lights that were put up at the football field.

Agenda – Mike Lewis presented the agenda.  Doug Miller made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded and approved.

Minutes and Financial Report/Monthly Recon-cil-iation – The board reviewed the minutes from the December 20, 2018, regular meeting. The board reviewed the financial report and the monthly reconciliation report indicating a liquid balance of $497,098.63. Dr. Burright reviewed the fund balance with the board, indicating a total balance of all institutions at $1.809.005.33

Payment of Bills – The January monthly bills in the amount of $104,421.39 were reviewed and approved for payment.

Special Report – Lease Purchase Update: Current balance is $374,684.67.

Insurance Clearing Account – Current balance is $201,395 (roofing project).

Local Tax Revenue Amount – Our most current payment was for $990,630 which is $18,403 more than projected.

Superintendent’s Report

Construction Update – We are working out the logistics of final locker removal, locker room painting, and locker reinstallation. It currently takes two people about one school day to remove one room of lockers. Lockers are being stored on the stage until reinstallation.

Transportation Update – All three buses are currently in need of repair.  Only one is operational at this time.

Student Wellness Program – This program starts on February 1. We will still need to explain to kids how it will work, but staff met on the 16th to review the process and should be ready.

Salary Study Follow-Up – The feedback from the board regarding the proposed salary schedule was good and a recommendation was made to explore the possibility of increasing beginning teacher pay. The board has a work session to review more options on the 22nd, weather permitting.

2019-20 School Calendar – Though the state changed rules on the required number of hours needed in a calendar, we are staying with essentially the same calendar for next year.  Currently, our calendar allows for 1,058 hours which, in the 2019-2020 school year, allow us to absorb 14 hours of inclement weather time without having to make up snow days.

Wind Farm Update – Representatives from the county and community met with representatives from Ameren and the PSC in a public forum last week to testify and ask questions. We are still hopeful that a satisfactory agreement can be reached that will be beneficial for our community and allow tax dollars to stay local. Please contact your representatives via phone call or email to advocate for legislation regarding wind farm taxes. Allen Andrews has sponsored a bill that will keep wind farm taxes local. Let him know you support him.

Principal’s Report

General Information – Second semester has started. Teachers had a work day/Professional Development on Monday, January 7. Tarkio College is putting on a Career day January 16. Our sophomores and juniors and a few seniors are going.   Tarkio College is also really working on trying to get a two-year technical program-style college up and running. There will be no school Monday, January 21.

Classroom / Teacher Information – We have completed two of our Project Lead the Way Modules in the Elementary. We are in the process of doing a third module during the third quarter. Teachers will be saving their last module for after MAP testing. Mr. Schieffer is going through PLTW Training and will be  incorporating our first Middle School Module with the Seventh Graders – Medical Detectives. All new teachers are participating in a Beginning Teacher Assistance Training through MSTA – Online required training for all new staff.

Athletics – Fairfax Tournament is in progress. So far gates have been down from the last few years. The first basketball game at the TAC (Tarkio Athletic Center) was Tuesday, January 15.


Co-op Discussion – MSHSAA is receiving letters, calls, and complaints about coops. Questions for the group are: Should we have to provide evidence of need in order to co-op? Should there be specific criteria in order to co-op – basketball (for example, if you have five kids you can field a team)? Should three schools be allowed to co-op? Schools are creating co-ops to create a more powerful team and could have their own. How do you monitor that? Specific criteria added to specify what exactly it means to “provide opportunities” for kids.

The Athletic Booster Club Tournament for 5th and 6th graders will be Saturday, January 19.

Homecoming will be held at Tarkio on Friday, February 1.

Doug Miller made a motion to approve the consent agenda. The motion was seconded and approved.   

Approval of Aces Payment – Doug Miller made a motion to approve the payment to Aces in the amount of $10,420.84. Sam O’Riley seconded the motion and the motion was approved.

Board Candidate Ratification – The April 20, 2019, ballot was presented to the board with board candidates Joshua Lee Oswald, Patrick Allyn Miller and Michael Jay Lewis.  Marshal Oswald made a motion to approve the ballot as presented. The motion was seconded and approved.

Approval of HTK Payment – Josh Oswald made a motion to approve payment to HTK in the amount of $2,200. Doug Miller seconded the motion and the motion was approved.

Approval of The Wilson Group Payment – Sam O’Riley made a motion to approve payment to The Wilson Group in the amount of $125,082.90. Doug Miller seconded the motion and the motion was approved.

The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. A work session will be held January 22, 2019. The regular board meeting was adjourned at 7:59 p.m.