The Rock Port R-II Board of Education held a regular meeting February 11, 2019. President Jeremy Davis called the regular meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. Other board members present were Afton Schomburg, Ken Miller, Rich Dewhirst, Dan Lucas, and Clay Vogler. Member Harold Lawrence was absent. Also present were Superintendent Ethan Sickels, Board Secretary Debbie Young, Ross Hastert, Crystal Goins, and W.C. Farmer. High School Principal Donnie Parsons entered the meeting at approximately 12:15 p.m. and Elementary Principal Steve Waigand entered the meeting at approximately 12:45 p.m.

The agenda was adopted and the minutes of the regular meeting January 10, 2019, were approved. Mr. Sickels reviewed the financial information for the month ending January 2019. Approval was given to the transfer of funds, the January final check register, February check register to date, and the activity account checks.

During communications Mr. Sickels read correspondence from MSBA regarding School Board Recognition Week and thanked the board members for their willingness to serve. He also reviewed the OPAA newsletter received from Tyne Chaney.

Mr. Waigand’s report was reviewed in his absence. January attendance was 97.66% (193 students). The school gained two students. Fourth grade won the monthly attendance competition with 98.54%. Kindergarten (98.46%) and 6th grade (98.43%) rounded out the top three. The character word for February is honesty. Mrs. Mertens and Mrs. Spiegel met with kindergarten, first, second, and third grade teachers on reading screening results for the winter benchmark. Student gains were celebrated and some adjustments were made to other interventions currently in place for the second semester. The Maradi Mifflin Spelling Bee was held on January 15 for students in grades 5-8. Congratulations to Abby Minino on winning first place, Bannack Skillen (second), Sara Newbanks (third), and Bracton Cook (fourth). These students will represent Rock Port at the Atchison County Spelling Bee on February 7 in Fairfax. Global School Play Day is February 6. Children get the opportunity to participate in free play with the goals of strengthening their ability to collaborate, work in a team, problem solve, think critically, and use positive communication skills. Over 380,000 children across the world participated last year; Rock Port R-II has a group of classrooms that will be participating in this year’s event. The school’s first “Frozen Friday” will be February 22. Students can bring a dollar to school and purchase an ice cream treat after lunch. A special thanks to Tyne for the idea and organizing the monthly event. She is still finding ways to have a positive impact on the kids. Several upcoming events were noted. Staff reports were received from Mrs. Skillen and Ms. Armstrong.

Mr. Parson’s report was reviewed in his absence. Several upcoming dates and activities were noted. January attendance for the junior high and high school was 96.28%, and enrollment for grades 7 – 12 is 153. Recent staff professional development activities were reviewed. Mr. Parsons outlined the process for updating the student handbook, and he outlined the proposed 7-12 bell schedule for the 2019-2020 school year. He noted that among Rock Port high school athletes there are several fall academic all-state honorees: volleyball – Alivia Baucom, Abby Bradley, Ashley Cue, Makenna Farmer, Kelcie Gaines, Jacie McMahon, Darius Skillen and Riley Vogler; football – Alex Burke and Will Oswald; and cross country – Brianna Maxwell, Harlee Pritt and Aubrey Watkins.

Staff reports were received from Ms. Acton, Mrs. Palmer, Mrs. Trudy Herron, Mrs. Skillen, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Jenkins, Mr. Hendrickson, Mrs. Burke, and Mr. Thomas Herron.

Mr. Sickels reviewed the monthly program evaluation report on Parents as Teachers. He reported the district received a 100% on the Missouri Department of Education Annual Performance Report. The reports and supporting data were reviewed, and Mr. Sickels congratulated the staff members on a job well done. The preliminary 2019-2020 school calendar was reviewed, and Mr. Sickels stated the calendar hearing will be held prior to the March regular meeting. He noted there are three bills pending in Jefferson City regarding local taxation of wind farms. Mr. Sickels extended an invitation to all board members from Tarkio College to attend an informational meeting on February 27, 2019.

The January TABS meeting report was given by Clay Vogler.

The board proceeded to address several items of new business. Action was taken to approve amendments to the 2018-2019 budget, and to approve Midwest Data Center as the district E-Rate Program service provider. Consideration was given to 2019-2020 salary schedules for support staff, superintendent, superintendent’s secretary, junior high/high school principal, elementary principal, maintenance/transportation director, and paraprofessionals. Following a brief discussion, the matter was tabled pending the addition of the work days to the schedules. Consideration was given to bids for a school vehicle with action taken to approve the purchase of a 2017 Dodge Caravan SXT for $17,500 from Hullman’s Ford Lincoln, Inc. The board moved from open session into executive session for student matters and personnel matters. Upon returning to open session action was taken to taken to extend the contracts of Junior High/High School Principal Donnie Parsons and Elementary Principal Steve Waigand through the 2020-2021 school year. The meeting was then adjourned.