School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.  Members present were:  Clarke, Erickson, Johnson, Kelsey and Rogotzke.  Bierl and Stavnes were absent.  A quorum of 5 was present.  Superintendent Brennan, Lead Teacher Riley, Leonard Runck, Jan Wilson, Joe Dietl and Denise Clarke were also in attendance.


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


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 17, 2012 meeting, the minutes of the February 6, 2012 special workshop meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Lead Teacher Riley reported the following:  Jessica Paul of the Hy-Vee Smart Points Team informed me recently that our elementary school once again won the grand prize in the Smart Points Program which ran from September – December of 2011.  Individuals who shopped at Hy-Vee during the time the program was running, could earn points for the school of their choice and help them win a Smart Board interactive white board.  Dan Steenhoek of the Windom Hy-Vee presented our second Smart Board to us on February 17th.  He also informed us that Patty Mude was the person this year who helped us to win it.  Because she did this for our school she was awarded an IPad 2 tablet.  Instead of keeping it for herself, she has donated it to our elementary school.  We are so very grateful to Patty and her generosity.  Last year it was Jenifer Goblish who helped us win a Smart Board.  Now we have 5 of them in our building.  There are so many special days in February that we celebrate at the Jeffers site.  The 100th Day of school was on February 8th.  We had our Valentine’s Day party the 14th.  February is Dental Health month, Black History month, Presidents’ Day and “I Love to Read” month.  For “I Love to Read” we have been doing various activities to encourage our students to keep reading and enjoy reading at their leisure.  Throughout the month we have invited other adults, who are not classroom teachers, to read a book of their choice to our students.  We had our students wear their favorite hats while reading and also bring a stuffed animal that they could have near them while they read.  On March 2nd, which is the birthdate of Dr. Seuss, we will be participating in a fun Accelerated Reader Quiz day with other schools across America.  Read the Most from Coast to Coast.  We have been challenged to help shatter the one day record for AR Quiz-taking.  Progress will be tracked throughout the day at the Accelerated Reading website.  The one-day record right now for Accelerated Reader Quiz-taking is well above 2 million.  On February 28th, we will have a lyceum presented by ventriloquist, Joe Gandelman.  He will be featuring wooden and puppet characters, audience participation, and tips on doing ventriloquism.  The theme will be respect for others.


Principal Goetstouwers’ report was distributed to the Board.  First semester ended and our teachers have continued to help our students strive for academic success.  We only had 3 F’s for 1st semester grades in grades 6-12.  We tried a couple of new things this year: a) Financial Aid Night (full house) and b) PLAN Test Interpretation (1st time – positive feedback) i. Emailed parents ahead of time, ii. Put it in the daily announcements, and iii. Put it in School Notes.  Although our One-Act play did an amazing job, they did not advance to sections.  The spring play will consist of two One-Act plays.  Events that are coming up:  Midterms for 3rd quarter are on

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Friday.  FFA officers and seniors will be going on a two-day trip to Ankeny, IA to see the Monsanto analytical lab.  They will be leaving on March 11th and coming back on March 12th.  Knowledge Bowl:  Sub-Region at SMSU on March 5th and Region at SMSU on March 8th.  Girls’ basketball sub-sections start March 1st.  The Spring Play performances will be held on March 9th at 7 p.m. and March 10th at 2 p.m.  Wrestling individual sections are February 24th and February 25th.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $47,204.34.  Receipts were $332,062.06.


Upon motion of Johnson, seconded by Erickson and unanimously carried, to approve the July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2013 contract with the Red Rock Central Education Association as written.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to approve the 2011-2012 school calendar with 175 student/teacher days and 7 additional teacher days.  The Jazz Festival day has been set as a non-teacher workday for the 2011-2012 school calendar, therefore, March 27, 2012 will be designated a non-teacher day.  The 2012-2013 school calendar was approved with 175 student/teacher days and 7 additional teacher days with the understanding the 1 extra teacher day in the printed calendar will be deleted at a later date.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Erickson and unanimously carried, to recognize the Red Rock Central Educational Support Personnel Association and their notice to negotiate. 


Upon motion of Erickson and seconded by Clarke, to consider placing Tasha Frasher on Unrequested Leave.  Roll call vote was taken.  Voting yes:  Rogotzke, Clarke, and Erickson.  Voting no:  Kelsey.  Abstain:  Johnson.  Bierl and Stavnes were absent.  Motion carried.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to accept the attached Letter of Agreement for Wellness Alliance Services through the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative.


Discussion was held regarding the auditor, putting the work meeting dates and times on the internet, and general discussion of the work meeting held February 6th.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to go into Closed Session at 7:20 p.m. to discuss two personnel issues.


Upon motion of Erickson, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to come out of Closed Session at 7:55 p.m.


Upon motion of Erickson, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 7:55 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                         Denise Clarke, Recorder