School Board Minutes
Red Rock Central District No. 2884
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No, 2884 was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Members present were: Bierl, Clarke, Hansen, Kelsey, Rasmussen, Rogotzke, and Stavnes. Others in attendance: Superintendent Olson, Phil Goetstouwers, Deb Altermatt, Doreen Kronback, Joe Dietl and Brenda Derickson.
Chairman Rogotzke called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
The Oath of Office was recited by newly elected Board Members Clarke, Hansen and Rogotzke.
Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Bierl and unanimously carried to approve the Agenda, December 15, 2014 Board Minutes and Treasurer’s Report as presented.
Chairman Rogotzke called for nominations for Chairman. Clarke nominated Rogotzke, seconded by Kelsey. Kelsey made a motion seconded by Stavnes, that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Rogotzke as Chairman. Motion carried.
Chairman Rogotzke called for nominations for Vice Chairman. Clarke nominated Kelsey, seconded by Bierl. Stavnes made a motion that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Kelsey as Vice Chairman. Motion carried.
Chairman Rogotzke called for nominations for Clerk. Kelsey nominated Clarke, seconded by Stavnes. Rasmussen made a motion seconded by Bierl, that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Clarke as Clerk. Motion carried.
Chairman Rogotzke called for nominations for Treasurer. Clarke nominated Stavnes, seconded by Rasmussen. Rasmussen made a motion seconded by Kelsey, that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Stavnes as Treasurer. Motion carried.
Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried to approve the Lamberton News as the official newspaper, the First Security Bank as the fiscal agent and the firm Rupp, Anderson, Squires and Waldspurger, PA of Minneapolis as the District’s legal counsel.
The following Committees were agreed upon by the Board:
LEGISLATIVE – Kelsey; Rasmussen alternate.
NEGOTIATIONS AND PERSONNEL OF CERTIFIED STAFF – Stavnes, Rasmussen and Rogotzke; Clarke alternate.
NEGOTIATIONS AND PERSONNEL OF NON-CERTITIED STAFF – Clarke, Kelsey and Hansen; Rasmussen alternate.
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REDWOOD COUNTY JOINT POWERS BOARD – discontinued
TRI-COUNTY JOINT POWERS BOARD – Mr. Olson will serve as representative until disbanded in March
COMMUNITY EDUCATION – Bierl; Rogotzke alternate.
FINANCE/BUILDING COMMITTEE – Clarke, Kelsey and Hansen.
TECHNOLOGY PLANNING/RRCNET – Rogotzke and Stavnes
Chairman Rogotzke distributed the board’s Superintendent Performance Evaluation results for review and discussion.
Lead Teacher Deb Altermatt reported the following: Grades four and five won a contest to attend a science camp trip at the Science Museum February 12 and 13, 2015; Prairie Ecology Bus is visiting February 4, 2015 for grades three and four, assembly first followed by individual classroom visits and activities; Elementary received a donation that is planned for technology improvements in the elementary classrooms; There was a practice Lockdown at the Elementary, all went well; Received a check for $656 from Box Tops for Education, continue to send box tops, Thank you to Student Council and staff for their work in preparing box tops to send; Mental Illness workshops, first half January 19, second half January 27, 11:00 a.m. dismissal that day brunch will be served starting at 10:00 a.m. and 10:25 a.m.; Appreciate Mary Jensen helping answering phone, copying and nurse duty while Kelly is out; The NWEA Winter testing was completed last week for grades K-2 with makeup testing this week, results available later and this week is the FAST (Formative Assessment System for Teachers) Math and Reading testing for grades K-2.
Principal Goetstouwers reported the following: Triple A Award winners were Carter Engen and Erika Rogotzke; Holiday Concert was held Wednesday, December 17 at 1:45 time change due to weather and the Junior High Concert was held, both were streamed events on High School Cube; Not using Cube for athletic events due to scouting concerns; FCCLA competed at Regions today, all but one group advanced to State; RRC standards for advancement to State and National competition varies from FCCLA standards, RRC requires a score of 90 for all advancement, Starting this year RRC will change to a minimum score of 80 for advancement to State competition and the minimum score of 90 will remain for advancement to Nationals; New Para Lisa Willhite has transitioned well into the high school program; Snow Week is January 26-30, 2015, dress up day will be every day of the week with special activities on Friday, January 30; Financial Aid Night is Wednesday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium; Change of times for One Act Performances, Mike’s Case is Thursday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m. and Grimm’s Tales, Friday, January 30 at 4:00 p.m.; A lyceum for grades 5-12 will be held Monday, February 2, featured speaker is Magician Curtis Hed and PLAN & EXPLORE parents interpretation night will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
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Brenda Derickson presented suggestions for class trip planning based on her experience at WWG.
Superintendent Olson reported on the following: HITA (Health Insurance Transparency Act) requires that employee health insurance be bid every two years, request for bids have been posted, the service co-op has contracted the Optum company to prepare the request for proposal based on numbers provided by the current provider, bids are due February 9 at 5:30 p.m., bids will be opened with the teachers union present and then can be negotiated with insurance companies if necessary, final bid acceptance is due March 31st or April 17th depending if it was necessary to re-negotiate; Denise has been attending workshops on the ACA (Affordable Care Act), the district will be required to offer affordable care to employees if they work over 30 hours/week and the district has 50 or more employees; Bus garage update, contractor is hoping to get to this in two weeks; Approximately 50 Auditorium seats are completed and 50 more are at the upholstery shop; MAFA (Manual for Activity Fund Accounting) has been distributed for completion to coaches and directors of Activity Funds; The Staff is looking at suggested 2015-2016 calendars, will need to approve next month, if the State would authorize a flexible learning year, the calendar will have to be revisited; Elementary Grant will be used to replace teachers computers in the classroom; Schedule a working meeting to follow the regular monthly meeting on February 18, 2015 to discuss long range planning; A fork was purchased for the tractor to assist with work at the school; Mrs. Sorensen has a student teacher from SDSU working with her, the Superintendent will have a supervisory role during her time at RRC; The preliminary budget showed deficit spending this year of about $20,000.00, currently the budget is showing the district is good, keeping in mind the large auditorium grant is included in the amount and information from the MSBA Conference attended with Stavnes on School Finance, Changing Labor Laws, School District Pension Plan Reporting and Propane buses.
Kelsey gave an update on the Auditorium income and expenses. The total income is $154,839.16 with expenses of $104,683.9. The remaining $50,155.37 is available for auditorium seat recovering, leveling of the auditorium floor for side seating, replacing the auditorium entry doors and repairs to the stage floor.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Bierl and unanimously carried, to approve all claims for payment in the amount of $130,080.51. Receipts were $882,761.22 and investments of $578,515.34.
Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to approve hiring Lisa Willhite as a paraprofessional effective January 5, 2015.
Member Stavnes introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE DISSOLUTION OF THE RED RODK RIDGE LEARNING CENTER AND TERMINATION OF THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT
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WHEREAS Red Rock Central ISD #2884 is a member of The Red Rock Ridge Learning Center (“Red Rock Ridge”) pursuant to a Joint Powers Agreement;
WHEREAS, the governing board of Red Rock Ridge seeks to dissolve pursuant to Minn. Stat. §471.59 subdivision 4 and the terms of the Joint Powers Agreement;
WHEREAS, the Joint Powers Agreement provides that the governing board of Rock Ridge may consider to dissolve Red Rock Ridge once no obligations pursuant to the Joint Powers Agreement remain outstanding;
WHEREAS, no obligations pursuant to the Joint Powers Agreement remain outstanding;
WHEREAS, the Joint Powers Agreement provides that dissolution of Red Rock Ridge shall occur by majority vote of the Member Agencies;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Red Rock Central ISD #2884 as follows:
1. That the governing board of Red Rock Ridge is hereby authorized to dissolve and to terminate the Joint Powers Agreement pursuant to Minn. Stat. §471.59 subdivision 4 and the terms of the Joint Powers Agreement.
2. That the governing board of Red Rock Ridge is hereby authorized to transfer all students records relating to Red Rock Central ISD #2884 students to SW/WC Service Cooperative, for retention consistent with state and federal law.
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing Resolution was duly seconded by Rasmussen and upon a vote being taken thereon the following voted in favor of the motion:
Rogotzke, Kelsey, Clarke, Rasmussen, Stavnes, Hansen and Bierl
And the following voted against the motion: None
Whereupon said Resolution is declared duly passed and adopted.
Principal Goetstouwers presented the first reading of the Credit Conversion Policy for post-secondary education option (PSEO). The policy would give students taking PSEO classes a one-fourth conversion formula on credits starting in the fall of the 2015-2016 school year.
Member Clarke introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A FLEXIBLE LEARNING YEAR
BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Red Rock Central ISD #2884, State of Minnesota, as follows:
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1. The School Board of Red Rock Central ISD #2884 is responsible for the educational program, including the learning year, for the students in the school district; and,
2. The administration of Red Rock Central ISD #2884, at the direction of the Board of Education made a concerted effort to explain and discuss the concept of a flexible learning year with the community at large to determine the level of support and/or opposition among the Districts parents, patrons and community leaders for a flexible learning year that best meets the needs of our school district; and,
3. The educational leaders of Red Rock Central ISD #2884 believe a flexible learning year best meets the educational needs of the students and takes into consideration the needs of the community in our district; and,
4. A flexible learning year, established by the educational leaders of Red Rock Central ISD #2884 and approved by the Red Rock Central ISD #2884 Board of Education, is best suited to meet the needs of our schools and will allow us to achieve better student outcomes.
BE IT RESOLVED, that Red Rock Central ISD #2884 requests our state legislators seek legislation waiving state mandates that prohibit or stall us in the process of designing a learning year that meets our local needs. Furthermore, we instruct our district leadership to work with our legislators and associated advocacy organizations to advance such legislation in the 2015 state legislative session.
The motion for adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Bierl. On a roll call vote, the following voted in favor: Rogotzke, Kelsey, Clarke, Rasmussen, Stavnes, Hansen and Bierl
And the following voted against: None
Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Upon motion of Rasmussen, seconded by Hansen and unanimously carried, to authorize the Superintendent to advertise for bids for health insurance.
Other discussion included the following: Stavnes presented information from the MSBA Conference workshop on negotiation strategies and sub teacher pay was discussed.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 6:57 p.m.
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The next regular monthly meeting will held Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Alan J. Clarke, Clerk Doreen Kronback, Reporter