The Rock Port R-II School Board of Education held a regular meeting July 18, 2019. President Jeremy Davis called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Other members present were Rich Dewhirst, Harold Lawrence, and Dan Lucas. Clay Vogler entered the meeting at 6:05 p.m., Afton Schomburg entered the meeting at 6:10 p.m., and Ken Miller was absent. Others in attendance were Superintendent Ethan Sickels and Board Secretary Debbie Young.

The agenda was amended to include Approve Vo-Tech Transportation Contract under New Business and then approved as amended. The minutes of the regular meeting of June 25, 2019, were approved.

Mr. Sickels reviewed the financial information for the month ending June 2019. The transfer of funds, the June final check register, July check register to date, and the activity account checks were approved.

Mr. Sickels presented the monthly program evaluation on contracted services with Midwest Data Center. He reviewed the final budget and year-end fund balances for 2018-19. The superintendent’s growth plan was also reviewed. During board member reports Clay Vogler presented a donation from EDF Renewables in the amount of $2,500 to help with the district parking lot improvements.

The board then proceeded to address several items of new business. Action was taken to elect Afton Schomburg as board treasurer, to approve the 2019-20 annual MARE membership in the amount of $500, to establish the 2019-20 beginning balance of zero for the athletic activity account, and to re-adopt Policy 0342 – Nepotism, Conflict of Interest, and Financial Disclosure. Consideration was given to policy updates received from Missouri Consultants for Education with action taken to adopt Policy 5550 and to table updates to policies 2871 and 4870 pending further information. Action was taken to approve an increase to the activity driver pay schedule, and to approve the Vo-Tech transportation contract with Tarkio R-I in the amount of $9,072 for the 2019-20 school year.

Under future business the board was reminded the tax rate hearing is set for Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. with the regular meeting immediately following. The meeting was then adjourned.