The Tarkio R-I Board of Education met November 17, 2021, at Tarkio High School. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by board president Garrett Wood. Board members in attendance were: Jamie Barnett, Ann Schlueter, Chris Yates, Josh Wright, Heather Olson and Sam Hannah. Others in attendance included board secretary Lanette Hogue, Tarkio R-I Superintendent Carrie Livengood, Tarkio Elementary Principal/Tarkio R-I Special Education Director Kari Taylor, Tarkio High School Principal Nick Kemerling, Nikki Parshall, Erica Taylor, Deyton Thomson, and Dallas Prather.

The board approved the consent agenda. Filing dates of December 7 through 28, 2021, for Tarkio R-I Board of Education positions were approved. The board members approved district obligations.

Erica Taylor gave the CTA Report.

Nikki Parshall presented a report on the TAC. Nikki reported that there is an average of 50 members utilizing the fitness center daily. Dance, cheer and gymnastics will start in January. Basketball, cheer and wrestling teams continue to use the TAC for practices.

Elementary Principal Kari Taylor reported that the elementary has 177 students enrolled preschool through 5th grade. The October attendance rate is 95%. The elementary had a 98% attendance rate for parent-teacher conferences. The kindergarten participated in the Veterans Day Assembly in the high school November 11. The elementary hosted a STEM night November 16 and had 95 participants.

As Special Education Director, Mrs. Taylor reported that they continue to work on transfer paperwork and referrals.

High School Principal Nick Kemerling reported there are 174 children enrolled in 6th through 12th grades. The attendance rate for October was 95.5%. Mr. Kemerling reported that the fall sports are wrapping up and winter sports are underway. There are currently 11 students attending Tarkio Tech and four students attending Northwest Tech School.

Superintendent Carrie Livengood gave a financial report. Tarkio R-I ended October with $1.7 million more than last year at the end of October. Mrs. Livengood reported that she sent out a needs survey to all staff and has received 35 responses. Mrs. Livengood shared the guidance program evaluation and the food service report.

Facilities Update – CTS came and did a walk-through on November 3, 2021. They do not see any reason at this time that Tarkio R-I can’t renovate the building. The school is currently working with an asbestos inspector to come and inspect the high school. After a report is received, the district will have a better handle on how to proceed. The report should be provided to the school by the end of January.

Discussion was held on the concern about filling teacher vacancies in the district. Mrs. Livengood shared a list of options from the attorney as well as what the district can and can not do legally to recruit and retain teachers.

A discussion was held on COVID-19 regarding quarantine and test-out procedures. Discussion was held on contact tracing in the school and how it looks at both buildings. Mrs. Livengood shared with the board that she has visited with the district attorney, Dr. Burke and other superintendents on what is best for the district. The board requested that Mrs. Livengood collect data from the health center on how many kids are testing out and how many of those students are testing negative.

Board members voted unanimously to approve Lori Staten’s retirement at the end of the 2021-2022 school year, and to approve Crissy Drummond’s resignation.

The board also unanimously voted to approve the sealed bid from Dean Hicks for $278.00 for an ag shop welder.

The board unanimously voted to approve the hiring of Grant Turnbull as a volunteer wrestling coach.

All the board members approved the 2020-2021 audit.

Mrs. Taylor and Mr. Kemerling shared the assessment scores and how they compared to the state. The scores are embargoed until December 1, 2021, so the district can not share information on how the scores compared to the other area schools.

The meeting moved into closed session pursuant to RSMo § 610.001, Record and vote at 9:00 p.m. The meeting moved back into open session at 9:20 p.m. and adjourned at 9:21 p.m.