Board votes to offer Elliott new contract
February 26, 2020
The Three Forks School Board of Trustees unanimously voted last week to offer Superintendent Jeff Elliott a contract for next school year.
Vice-Chair Lori Sayers reported that Elliott's closed session evaluation in January went very well. "We feel proud that he is a part of our school," she said. Salary and benefits will be determined following negotiations.
Rebecca Brown, the Industrial Tech teacher, did have exciting news. Her Intro to Drafting and Design class will now be a dual-credit opportunity through Gallatin College, MSU, or any Montana University system school. It will be worth three credits in technology, engineering, or even core credits and will be, of course, free.
Clerk Lisa Morgan said that "No news is good news" from the IRS and was pleased to report a significant credit from the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). They are working on the budget for next year. Applications to run for the school board are due on March 26.
Principal Greg Heys reported that while the Middle School is down two students, the High School is maintaining a steady enrollment. MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) Incentive Days have wrapped up and he would love any feedback from the public. Trustee Joe Petersen mentioned that some elements of the Three Forks School app are not kept updated, such as the lunch schedule and which sports are current and suggested that someone try to stay on top of that. Heys said that he would work on it and that they do prefer people to use the app rather than Facebook.
Elementary Principal Steve Fanning had no report and the facilities committee had no updates other than that they continue to work on a timeline for the Journal. Vice-Chair Lori Sayers brought up the state-wide property tax relief program for seniors. The worksheets are available at the library and City Hall, and they can provide a significant tax break for those who qualify. It's a one-time form and is due April 15.
Two teachers, one paraeducator, and one coach turned in letters of resignation this month, while the board voted to hire a new head tennis coach, an elementary paraprofessional, and three more substitute teachers.