School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, March 19, 2012


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the elementary library in Jeffers on Monday, March 19, 2012.  Members present were:  Bierl, Clarke, Erickson, Johnson, Kelsey, Rogotzke, and Stavnes.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Goetstouwers, Bryce Pack, Leonard Runck, Denise Clarke, and several community members were also in attendance.


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to amend the minutes of the February 6, 2012 special workshop meeting.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda, the minutes of the February 21, 2012 meeting, the minutes of the March 6, 2012 special workshop meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Bryce Pack, Athletic Director, addressed the Board concerning students that would like to participate in 2 sports during one season.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Bierl and unanimously carried, to temporarily allow a student to participate in 2 sports during one season and the Administration will propose a policy concerning this at a later date.


Chairman Rogotzke asked that any visitor that would like to express their opinions on the possible move of the 5th grade to Lamberton should do so at this time.  Several members of the community spoke and Chairman Rogotzke thanked them for stating their opinions.


Board Member Johnson reported that he will be attending a Tri-County Meeting on April 11, 2012.


Board Member Kelsey attended a meeting of the Redwood County Collaborative.  Money for the Mental Health Program and the Belview school were discussion items at that meeting.


Lead Teacher Riley’s report was distributed to the Board and reads as follows:  On March 2nd we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss by talking about this famous author’s life and reading many of his books to our students.  I also noticed in my own classroom, that many of my students were taking out Dr. Seuss books to read for Accelerated Reading.  The cooks also added to the celebration by having green eggs and ham again for lunch.  March 2nd was also the “Read the Most from Coast to Coast” challenge given to us by Accelerated Reading.  The children took many quizzes that day to help shatter the one-day record of last year which was 2,177,586 quizzes taken.  This year 3,581,992 quizzes were taken by students across America.  They had shattered the record by 12:15 that day.  In our school 234 quizzes were taken by the end of the day.  We are very proud of our students and their efforts in this challenge.  Cottonwood County 4-H has been offering our students some after school adventures.  These sessions have been for students in grades K-6 and run from 3:30-5:00 in our art room in Jeffers.  Transportation is on their own.  On January 17th they had a session entitled “I Scream for Ice Cream.”  The children

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learned about liquids and gases by making their own ice cream.  On February 21st the session was entitled, “Healthy Heart.”  The children learned what their resting heart rate is and how it changes when exercising.  They took home a jump rope to keep a healthy heart.  Tomorrow, March 20th, the session is “A Splash of Color.”  They will experiment with different colors and watch creations grow.  They will be taking home a new, colorful T-shirt.  On April 17th their session will teach them how the wind provides energy by making sailboats and windmills.  They’ll see whose sailboat goes the fastest and see whose windmill can pull the most weight.  Their final session will be on May 15th when they’ll learn about plants and how they grow as well as how reservoirs work.  They’ll be making their own gardens in a bottle.  The first few sessions were taught by Chrystal Reith.  She is now going on maternity leave so someone else will be teaching the last three sessions.  We usually had around 15 students attend each session.  This month and next our students will be going on some field trips for integration.  The third grade will be going to the Environmental Learning Center in Slayton on March 20th.  They will be tapping trees for maple syrup.  The first and second graders will be going to the YMCA in Marshall on April 13th.  The children will be doing activities with a parachute, relays, group games, and swimming.  All fire drills and lockdowns are completed at the Jeffers site.  We only have the tornado drill and the building evacuation left.  March 23rd is the end of the third quarter and we will be sending report cards home with our students on March 30th.  On March 27th there will be no school due to the Jazz Festival.


Principal Goetstouwers gave the following report:  RRC recently interviewed applicants for the math and girls’ basketball positions.  We are very confident and excited about our selected candidate!  RRC recently received a grant from AgStar for $2,200.  These funds will be used to improve our health education curriculum by adding a CPR/First Aid and safety aspect to our health education course.  FFA officers and seniors went on a two-day trip, sponsored by a Monsanto grant, to see the Monsanto analytical lab in Ankeny, IA.  It sounds like they had a great experience.  Three teams from RRC were represented at the Senior Knowledge Bowl Regions.  Our top team ended up in the top five!  Congratulations to them!  The Spring Play was well done, with two One Act Plays being presented.  They really performed well as they made us laugh and cry.  Bobcat wrestling won the conference, ended up second in team sections, and sent eight individuals to state.  Four out of those eight wrestlers placed.  Congratulations to all of them!  The student council will sponsor a Food Drive.  March is food shelf month.  Spring sports have started!  Events that are coming up:  3rd quarter ends this Friday!  The class trip is next week.  16 students out of 32 will be going to New York.

Discussion followed.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $202,784.28.  Receipts were $353,895.79.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Bierl and unanimously carried, to place Tasha Frasher on Unrequested Leave effective the end of this school year.


Discussion was held regarding moving the 5th grade to the Lamberton Building beginning next school year.


Upon motion of Johnson and seconded by Erickson, to leave the 5th grade in Jeffers and talk about it next year.  Voting yes:  Johnson and Erickson.  Voting no:  Bierl, Stavnes, Kelsey, Clarke, and Rogotzke.  2-5 motion failed.


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Upon motion of Stavnes and seconded by Bierl, to approve moving the 5th grade to the Lamberton Building beginning the 2012-2013 school year.  Voting yes:  Bierl, Stavnes, Kelsey, Clarke, and Rogotzke.  Voting no:  Erickson and Johnson.  5-2 motion carried.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to hire Kylie Dauer as Math Teacher and Head Girls’ Basketball Coach.


Upon motion of Erickson, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to keep Board Pay and Travel Reimbursement the same as last year - $50/Board Meeting attended and each area meeting they may attend representing the District, $100 for full day meetings, $400 to the Board Chair, $200 to the Board Clerk, $200 to the Board Treasurer, and $0.40/mile to those members attending either workshops or agency meetings for the District.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Bierl and unanimously carried, to honor the request for an expenditure of $3,829.28 plus transportation to help support the FCCLA members attending the State STAR event competition and convention.


Upon motion of Rogotzke and seconded by Kelsey, to approve the Superintendent’s contract including the following:  Wage freeze 2012-2013 school year, 2% wage increase 2013-2014 school year, insurance remains the same, and Superintendent will not be reimbursed for unused vacation or sick days upon retirement.  Voting yes:  Rogotzke, Clarke, Kelsey, Stavnes, and Bierl.  Voting no:  Johnson and Erickson.  5-2 motion carried.


Superintendent Brennan informed the Board that the District’s Bookkeeper, Marion Weber, will be working part-time beginning September 1, 2012.  Ms. Weber will be celebrating her 53rd year as Bookkeeper for the Sanborn School District, moving to the Sanborn/Lamberton School District and today the Red Rock Central School District.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to go into Closed Session at 7:56 p.m. to discuss a Personal Leave issue.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to come out of Closed Session at 8:10 p.m.


Upon motion of Johnson, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 8:21 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                                         Denise Clarke, Recorder