School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, March 17, 2008


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the elementary school library in Jeffers on Monday, March 17, 2008.  Members present were:  Clarke, Derickson, Kelsey, Moldan, Myers, and Westerman.  Rogotzke was absent.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Olson, Joe Dietl, and Denise Clarke were also in attendance.


Chairman Derickson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Moldan and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda as amended, the minutes of the February 11, 2008 and March 3, 2008 meetings, and the treasurer’s report.


Principal Olson gave the following report:  One of our Q Comp Clusters is doing an 8th grade service project – raking leaves, general spring clean-up, etc.  The Class Trip meeting will be held tomorrow night.  19 out of 45 seniors are going on the trip.  Chaperones will be Ms. Anderson and Mrs. Fredrickson.  There will be an assembly after Spring vacation for the student body to view David Parnell’s tapes on Meth use.  We were approved for the SMSU Computer Comp Challenge Class.  NHS induction was held on March 4th.  The Student Council is sponsoring a Food Drive.  Large Group music contest will be held in the high school tomorrow.  Three of the treadmills in the fitness center are in need of repair.  After talking to the company, we will hopefully be getting three new machines to replace them.  There will be a teacher workday on the 25th.  Our kids tested well this year and we are requesting, from the Board, an afternoon off.  After discussion, the Board agreed to an afternoon off this Spring.


Lead Teacher Riley’s report was distributed to the Board:  In late February our 1st-6th graders entered the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting contest.  We should know if we have any State winners later this month.  For Dr. Suess’s birthday, we planned activities and read his books.  The cooks made birthday cake and green eggs and ham as part of the lunch menu.  For Integration Day on March 7th, the 1st and 2nd graders were hosted by Wabasso, the 3rd and 4th graders traveled to Walnut Grove, and the 6th graders took a trip to Marshall.  The 3rd graders went to Orchestra Hall for a field trip with Integration on March 14th.  March 20th is the end of the third quarter.  Teachers have a workshop on March 25th.  Report cards will be sent home with students on March 28th.  We need just 2 more fire drills, 2 more lock-downs, 1 evacuation, and the annual spring tornado drill.


Superintendent Brennan had on hand to show the Board, the Certificate of Recognition to Marion Weber for 49 Dedicated Years of Service in Education, which was presented to her at the 25th Annual School Business Staff Conference.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Myers and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $219,583.06.  Receipts were $444,409.47.


Upon motion of Moldan, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to approve the proposed budget for the Southwest Integration Collaberative as presented.


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Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Moldan and unanimously carried, to accept the resignations, due to retirement, of Jennifer Gillis as Kindergarten teacher, Winifred Churchill as paraprofessional in the High School, and Giles Riley as head custodian in the High School, and to thank them for their many years of service to the District.


Upon motion of Clarke and seconded by Myers to adopt the following resolution:






            WHEREAS, the financial condition of the school district dictates that the school board must reduce expenditures immediately, and


            WHEREAS, there has been a reduction in student enrollment, and,


            WHEREAS, this reduction in expenditure and decrease in student enrollment must include discontinuance of positions and discontinuance or curtailment of programs, and


            WHEREAS, a determination must be made as to which personnels’ contracts must be terminated and not renewed and which personnel may be placed on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits in effecting discontinuance of positions,


            BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 2884, as follows:


            That the School Board hereby directs the Superintendent of Schools and administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions to effectuate economies in the school district and reduce expenditures and, as a result of reduction in enrollment, make recommendations to the school board for the discontinuance of programs, curtailment of programs, discontinuance of positions or curtailment of positions.

Upon roll call vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof:  Myers, Westerman, Kelsey, Moldan, Clarke, and Derickson.

And the following voted against the same:  None.

Rogotzke was absent.

Whereupon said resolution, having received the affirmative votes of two-thirds of the members, was declared duly passed and adopted.


Superintendent Brennan distributed the 2 proposals that were received regarding the removal of mercury in the Lamberton building.  The proposal from MidAmerica was $7,640.50 and the proposal from MAVO Systems, Inc. was $13,220.00.


Upon motion of Moldan, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to accept the proposal from MidAmerica for $7,640.50, to clean up the mercury in our science labs.


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Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to honor the request for an expenditure of $3,132.24 to help support the FCCLA members attending the State STAR Event competition and convention.


Discussion was held on the Board’s Goal Statement for the Superintendent.  The wording of the goal was changed to, “The paraprofessional staff shall be evaluated in the 2008-2009 school year.”


Deb Furth has been chosen as a recipient of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s 2008 Professional Development Scholarship for Educators.  The scholarship is $1,750.00 which will be used for her to attend a week-long cooking class in Georgia.


Discussion was held regarding the Q Comp site visit earlier in the day and Chairman Derickson’s request to use the area behind the bleachers at the football field for K-4 soccer practice.


Chairman Derickson declared the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                  Denise Clarke, Recorder