School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.  Members present were:  Bierl, Clarke, Kelsey, Rasmussen, Rogotzke, and Stavnes.  Erickson was absent.  A quorum of 6 was present.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Goetstouwers, Lead Teacher Altermatt, Leonard Runck, and Denise Clarke were also in attendance.


Chairman Rogotzke called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Newly elected Board Member Kelsey recited the Oath of Office.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda as amended, the minutes of the January 14, 2013 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Bierl and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $145,585.59.  Receipts were $386,030.65.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Bierl and unanimously carried, to approve, if requested by Wabasso schools, to join our track program that we share with Westbrook Walnut Grove.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to accept the resignation of Patty Mude as Paraprofessional and Ashley Fennern as Assistant Softball Coach and to thank them for their years of service to the school district.


Upon motion of Clarke and seconded by Kelsey, to approve the hiring of Konnie Rogotzke as Paraprofessional in the ECSE classroom.  Upon vote being cast, 5 voted yes; None voted no; Rogotzke abstained from voting.  Motion carried.


Upon motion of Rasmussen, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to approve the hiring of Heather Hacker as Paraprofessional and Sharlla Maras as Assistant Softball Coach.


Upon motion of Stavnes, seconded by Bierl and unanimously carried, to approve extending Jolene Dammann’s medical leave for an additional year and extent Ken Kraemer’s special assignment at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center for an additional year.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to honor the request for an expenditure  of $4,558.70 plus transportation to help support the FCCLA members attending the State STAR Event competition and convention.


Principal Goetstouwers and Leonard Runck gave an informative presentation on the FABLAB that is being considered in the High School.


Chairman Rogotzke left the meeting briefly, and Vice Chair Kelsey began presiding over the meeting. 




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Lead Teacher Altermatt presented the following report:  February is I Love to Read month.  Dress up week February 25th to March 1st; Student Council sponsored a heart decorations activity, and the “Book Swap”; list of activities for dress up week; March 1st lunch is changed to Green Eggs and Ham, a Dr. Seuss special.  The elementary received a $25 gift card from Target for educational use.  The 4th grade will be taking the NAEP Test on March 5th from 9:30-11:30.  One half of the class will test in math and one half of the class will test in reading.  We are participating in the Southwest Initiative Grant.  We chose from a list of books from all levels.  They are $1 each, and we ordered 160 books.  We have to pick them up in Hutchinson sometime this spring.  Staff and Support Staff completed the superintendent survey.  Preschool Screening was January 24th.  There were 17 on the list and 11 were screened.  Phil did visit with our teachers about the teacher evaluation process that the state is requiring.  Pre-2nd reading series, “Superkids” was reviewed by Heather their representative.  She was pleased with teacher usage of the series.  Teachers were very pleased with the series and the progress the children are making. 


Principal Goetstouwers gave the following report:  Kindles in the library – we have 12 Kindles available for 5th and 6th graders.  Books have range of reading abilities.  Mr. Van Maasdam, Mrs. Frasher and 11th grader Tyler Luttman went to MMEA All-State last week.  Tyler was one of 240 students chosen to be part of All-State choir (2,000+ try out).  This March we’ll have 9 students trying out.  Second Quarter Falcon Pride Award winner was Carter Engen.  Shoua Vang was random award winner.  Thank you to Lamberton Lanes and Sanborn BP for their donations.  Many of the FFA students came back from the AgCo visit in Jackson talking about how they would like to pursue a degree in welding.  FCCLA Parli Pro junior and senior high teams passed the tests to advance.  25 students will represent RRC at State.  One Act Play took 3rd place at sub-section.  Rehearsals for spring play have begun, “Lizzie Borden of Fall River”.  NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) – tested 8th graders on math and reading (one subject per student).  Administrators of the test highly praised our students for their work ethic and manners.  PSAT and ASVAB tests results were interpreted to 11th graders.  Now we have more data to help predict ACT results and guide students with their future goals.  We welcomed Heather Hacker as a new paraprofessional.  Patty Mude resigned after giving us 13 great years of service.  For 2-hour late starts, we are rotating starting with period 1-3 and keeping periods 4-7 the same because of the lunch schedule and staff sharing.  Wrestling had a great season, but had a disappointing loss in the Section finals.  We received an email from Section meet manager praising the character and cleanliness of our wrestlers and coaches.  Sections for boys and girls basketball will be starting soon. 


Chairman Rogotzke returned to the meeting and took over the Chairmanship.


Open discussion was held on the following:  WWG Chairman wrote to our Chairman regarding sharing a Superintendent.  The District is already sharing track, baseball, and Spanish;  the Board also discussed the Superintendent search survey; the future of RRC; open enrollment; ads in newspapers with our school offerings; purchase of a mini bus; negotiation time frame; principal/counselor position; Dr. Brennan’s list of duties.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Rasmussen and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 8:07 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                         Denise Clarke, Recorder