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story.lead_photo.caption FILE: The South Callaway R-2 School District Board of Education meet in February. Photo by Olivia Garrett / Fulton Sun.

MOKANE — The South Callaway R-2 Board of Education will host its first meeting of 2021 this evening.

Board members will gather at 6:30 p.m. in the South Callaway High School auditorium. Meetings are open to the public.

Members will revisit the district's 2019-20 annual audit. They planned to hear the results during the December meeting, but after the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education extended the deadline for those audits to be complete, the district's auditor took additional time to prepare the results. Missouri school districts are required to be audited each year.

The board will also vote on whether to approve two bids: one for tuck-pointing and another for the district's 403(b) contract.

During the December meeting, Director of Maintenance Hal Dooley gave an update on planned improvements at various district buildings. The middle school building is in particularly urgent need of tuck-pointing and other maintenance, Dooley said. Previous estimates for the work ranged from $620,000-$875,000.

"I think we'll beat that — we have contractors that are very hungry," he said at the time.

A 403(b) is a type of tax-deferred retirement savings plan toward which employees may contribute on a pre-tax basis.

Under new business, South Callaway Superintendent Kevin Hillman will request board action on COVID-19 leave.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, allowed employers to choose to continue providing emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave through March 31. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, which mandated that type of leave for employers with fewer than 500 employees, expired Dec. 31. Employers that continue to offer COVID-19-related leave will receive a tax credit.

He'll also ask for board action on a calendar request, the nature of which isn't specified in the meeting agenda available online.

As always, board members will hear updates from school administrators and will view to a video report from the Missouri School Board Association.

View the full agenda at bit.ly/35wWoOG.

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