School Board Minutes
Red Rock Central District No. 2884
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Members present were: Clarke, Johnson, Kelsey, Stavnes, and Westerman. Bierl and Rogotzke were absent. Superintendent Brennan, Principal Olson, Lead Teacher Riley, Susan Wilmes, Meridith Flaig, Denise Clarke, and Joe Dietl were also in attendance.
Chairman Kelsey called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and welcomed guests Susan Wilmes and Meridith Flaig to the meeting.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda as amended, the minutes of the January 19, 2010 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.
Lead Teacher Riley reported that for President’s Day the classrooms do some lessons on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We had our Valentine’s Day parties on February 12th. We do special activities all month long to reinforce the importance of reading. We are also given 4 choices for a favorite book or series of books each week in February and then the entire school votes to see which choice is the most popular. This is all displayed on a bulletin board in the hallway. We will be celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss which is actually March 2nd. The National Education Association sponsors Read Across America events to inspire reading in children. We usually read several books written by Dr. Seuss to our students and also teach them about his life. Our students are very familiar with Dr. Seuss because of our Accelerated Reading program. This Monday we will be celebrating the 100th Day of School by doing lessons and activities that deal with the number one hundred. Because we have had so many snow days, it is difficult to do these extra lessons and activities but it makes school more fun and the children look forward to it. On February 18th we will be having a lyceum on preventing bullying, sponsored by McDonald’s. Our students know we have no tolerance for bullying in our school and this program should reinforce our policy and help those who feel threatened to know how to respond and report such situations to an adult or someone they trust. We have had this program in the past and it was excellent.
Principal Olson reported Snow Week coronation was held Saturday night and the dance which followed was quite well attended. We are going to look at some changes to the format of Snow Week in the future. The One Act Play was in competition since we have met. They did not advance, however they did finish in 3rd place. Mr. Kelsey and Mrs. Wilmes are putting together the Spring Play which will be presented on March 11 and 12. The Class Trip is close to finalization. About ½ of the class will be going to California. Testing is ongoing for our senior Math students. Everyone not on an IEP or 504 plan has passed the Reading test so none of our seniors will not graduate because of that test. We are also looking forward to the MCA tests and are concerned, as most schools, about the instructional time we have missed. I am looking at some more alternatives to add to the schedule that will not cost us money to do so. So far staff that I have talked to about these possible changes have been very receptive.
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Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously approved, to pay claims in the amount of $51,816.59. Receipts were $393,767.42.
Upon motion of Johnson, seconded by Westerman and unanimously approved, to accept the resignation, due to retirement, of Steven Grunewald as bus route driver beginning immediately and to thank him for his years of service to the school district.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously approved, to recognize the Red Rock Central Educational Support Personnel Association and their notice to negotiate. The Negotiation Committee consisting of Clarke, Kelsey, and Westerman, with Johnson as alternate, will be meeting on March 22, 2010 in the Lamberton building as the first meeting with both committees.
Discussion was held regarding a possible referendum, snow and working with townships, Superintendent evaluation, and making up snow days.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 8:16 p.m.
Alan J. Clarke, Clerk Denise Clarke, Recorder