After discussion on the proposed tax rate, the Board voted to voluntarily reduce the tax rate ceiling by .2551 and to set the tax rate at 3.63 for the 2012-13 school year. There being no further business, the Board adjouned the annual Tax Rate Hearing meeting.
The Couch R-I Board of Education then began it's Regular Session in the school library at approximately 7:40 p.m.
The following members were present: Joe Garrison, Tim Garrison, Will Hicks, Larry Janes and Lucas Parker. The Board voted to approve the minutes of the last meeting, to set the agenda and to approve payment of bills and needed transfers.
The head cook was at the meeting to inform the Board of new regulations relating to the School Food Service Program.
The Board voted to approve the submission of the School Nutrition Program Agreement for the 2012-13 school year and approved the 2011-12 Annual Secretary of the Board Report. The Board voted to accept Alton Bank's bid to service as bank depository for the Couch R-I School District. The Board voted to join the Rotary Club and to pursue setting up a Community Foundation of the Ozarks for the Couch School District.
During reports, the principal informed the Board that new student registration was held on Aug. 6. She informed the Board that Open House and Freshmen Orientation will be held on Aug. 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
She informed the Board that the FBLA would like to attend the National Convention in Denver, Colorado this year and that they will sell ads for the basketball programs on Aug. 28-30, 2012. She discussed Cross Country and Fall Softball. She informed the Board of employee issues.
The Board was informed that the free sports physicals were offered on Aug. 1, that a CPR and First Aid Class was offered on Aug. 7 and that on Sept. 7 we will host a Food Power Presentation in the old gym for students in grades K-8.
The superintendent informed the Board that the auditor was on site on Aug. 6 and 7. He also informed the Board that a new server is being installed.
The superintendent reported that the water system work has been completed, except for trimming the building addition. He discussed the recent Department of Natural Resource visit.
He informed the Board that we will continue with the Mammoth Spring School District at the same tuition rate.
He discussed bus routes, the Pepsi contract, a new scoreboard for the gymnasium and possible affiliate rather than full membership for our junior high with the Missouri State High School Athletics Association and the benefits of pursuing affiliate membership versus full membership.
During executive session, the Board vote to accept James Roberson's resignation, allowing his request for no penalty due to hardship. The Board also voted to approve the substitute list for the 2012-13 school year.
The Board voted to approve the FBLA attending the National Leadership Conference in November, 2012. There being no further business, the Board adjourned. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Couch School Board will be on Sept. 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the school library.
All interested patrons are invited to attend.