School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, February 11, 2008


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Monday, February 11, 2008.  Members present were:  Clarke, Derickson, Kelsey, Moldan, Rogotzke, and Westerman.  Myers was tardy.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Olson, Lead Teacher Riley, Joe Dietl, and Denise Clarke were also in attendance.


Chairman Derickson called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda as amended, the minutes of the January 14, 2008 and January 31, 2008 meetings, and the treasurer’s report.


Principal Olson reported that because of the weather, Snow Week Coronation was held today after school.  The dance will be after the basketball game on Friday night.  The One Act Play was presented to our student body and was very entertaining.  The One Act team finished in 3rd place in the sub-sections.  I will begin preliminary scheduling for next year soon.   We will be offering a College Challenge Computer Class if enough sign up for it.  Mr. Kedl’s AP class next year will be World Geography.  The wrestlers will open their team tournament against Redwood Valley on Thursday night.  We will have a magician here on Wednesday for a Lyceum.  We will be ordering AP exams soon.  The dates of these exams are established by the National College Board.  Meetings I will be attending this month are Region 3A, SW MN Association of Secondary School Principals, and RTI Informational Session.


Lead Teacher Riley reported that on February 7th, we had a lyceum by Lem Sheppard.  He performed many musical selections with the guitar and banjo, and taught our students about folk music.  February 8th was the 100th Day of School.  Thursday we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day.  We will do lessons in honor of George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays.  February is also Dental Health and “I Love to Read” month.  The teachers incorporate activities within their classrooms and use these special occasions as learning experiences for their students.  Students must earn a certain amount of points in the Accelerated Reading program, read at a level within their range, and receive no lower than 90% average comprehension accuracy in the tests they take for the books that they have read.  Ribbons are rewarded to students who reach these goals in the time given.  Sometime this month we are planning on having our students take a short inventory test on the computers to see how they are doing so far in reading, language, and math before they take the NWEA tests in the spring.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $122,840.42.  Receipts were $489,078.90.


Upon motion of Moldan, seconded by Rogotzke and unanimously carried, to accept the resignation of Mike Johnson as custodian in the Jeffers building and the resignation, due


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to retirement, of Carrie Meyer as Special Education teacher in the Jeffers building, and to thank them for their service to the District.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Moldan and unanimously carried, to approve the hiring of Randy Tordsen as custodian in the Jeffers building.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Moldan and unanimously carried, to partner with the Community Education Foundation already in place and proceed with the proper paperwork.


Because of a conflict of interest, Board Member Rogotzke asked that he be taken off the Non-certified Negotiation Committee.  Therefore, Derickson will take the place of Rogotzke on the committee and Westerman will be the alternate.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Myers and unanimously carried, to recognize the Red Rock Central Educational Support Personnel Association and their notice to negotiate.  The Negotiation Committee consisting of Clarke, Kelsey, and Derickson, with Westerman as alternate, will be setting up meetings.


Discussion was held concerning mercury that was detected in the high school and options to dispose of it.


The Board discussed the general goal for the Superintendent to achieve within the remaining time frame of this school year:

“The superintendent will investigate and recommend to the board a process for evaluating classroom paraprofessionals with the intent that this process be utilized in the 2008-2009 school year.”

The Board will make this an action item on the March agenda.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Myers and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 7:40 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                  Denise Clarke, Recorder