The Rock Port R-II School Board of Education held a regular meeting July 16, 2020.

President Jeremy Davis called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of the elementary building. Other members present were Rich Dewhirst, Harold Lawrence, Dan Lucas, Regan Griffin, Joanna Burke, and Afton Schomburg. Superintendent Ethan Sickels and Board Secretary Debbie Young were also in attendance.

The agenda was adopted and the minutes of the organizational and regular meeting of June 11, 2020, were approved. Mr. Sickels reviewed the financial information for the month ending June 2020. The transfer of funds, the June final check register, the July check register to date, and the activity account checks were approved.

Mr. Sickels reviewed the monthly program evaluation report on contracted services with Midwest Data Center. He reported on the most recent information received from DESE, MSHSAA, and the Health Department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to the school district preparations for students returning in August. Mr. Sickels reviewed the most current attendance guidelines and reported that the district has submitted the alternative methods of instruction application required by DESE to continue instruction in the event of school closure during the 2020-2021 school year. Mr. Sickels reviewed the letter drafted for families of the district’s students to inform them of the current district plan for beginning school and requested input from the board members for the final version. He will keep the board updated as new information becomes available. Mr. Sickels reported on the current plans for student registration. He stated the bus inspections are complete and discussed continuing the weight room closure due to concerns related to the pandemic.

The board proceeded to address several items of new business. Action was taken to set the date and time for the August tax rate hearing as Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. with the regular August meeting immediately following.

Afton Schomburg was elected board treasurer, and  the Board of Education MARE membership was approved. The Vo-Tech transportation contract with Tarkio R-I School was also approved.

Following a brief discussion of future business items the meeting was adjourned.