School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District 2884

Monday, April 18, 2016


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884 was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Monday, April 18, 2016.  Members present were: Hansen, Kelsey, Rasmussen, Rogotzke and Stavnes. Members absent were: Bierl, Clarke and Lead Teacher Deb Altermatt. Others in attendance: Superintendent Olson, Principal Goetstouwers and Doreen Kronback.


Chairman Rogotzke called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Upon motion of Stavnes, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to approve the Agenda, March 21, 2016 Board Minutes, and Treasurer’s report as presented. 


Lead Teacher Deb Altermatt report was presented as follows: Kindergarten Round-up was held on April 4, nineteen families came plus 5 families could not make it; 2017 – 2018 Kindergarten class is projected to be 24 -26, there will be two sections; Pre-school registration has been sent out for next year, there will be 15 – 3 year olds and 16 – 4 year olds; Fire Drill was held on April 11th and a tornado drill on April 14, there is one more lockdown left to do; MCA test start on April 19; The students raised $372.38 for Pennies for Patients and the Student Council is putting on an Earth Day coloring contest.


Principal Goetstouwers reported the following: MCA testing has started, Grades 5,6,7 and 8 have completed the Reading test; Senior Class trip went smoothly; Prom went very well; Grade 6 field trip to Circus and History Center was good; Grade 9 Boys and Girls County Days held in Redwood Falls included a Mock Trial and a visit to the jail, the American Legion sponsors this trip; FFA Regions results - Livestock Evaluation team placed fourth, individuals competed in Meats CDE and Nursery and Landscape CDE, State FFA Convention is next week, 20 students will be attending including a student in the FFA Band and one in the Choir; FCCLA State Convention results – Jack Derickson, Gold (Everyday Equations), Alison Doyle, Shelly Kruse, Jodi Villareal, and Kennedy Vold with Ethan Price received Silver; FCCLA update, the convention attendance was less than in past years and other schools are indicating that they are dropping the program; Upcoming events: ACT testing is Tuesday, April 19 for 28 juniors at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lamberton, Blood drive being held at the school on Friday, April 22; Ecology Bus trip for Grades 5 and  6 is Monday, April 25 at the “Wetland Science” at Mammengo WMA or Daubs Lake; The month of May is full of events; Working on Curriculum, presented a textbook inventory of books for grades 5 – 12 indicating the age of the book; Teacher Evaluations complete and Principal’s Evaluation needs to be reviewed with minor changes made.


Superintendent Olson reported the following: Still waiting for more bids for the Storage Space Project to keep in the spending limit; Met with Johnson Controls about rates and options for the Jeffers Building; Will start working on next year’s budget next week; Discovered that a teacher who retired last year was not paid out properly, they will receive compensation for the error; Looking to replace the copier for the Elementary in the $3500.00 - $4000.00 range, will move the copier to the Lamberton Building for the elementary staff; Still working on the phone system, trying to get separate number for Elementary Office; Researching the Deferred Maintenance Funds and Health and Safety Funds; Deferred Maintenance has a surplus of $162,000.00 and Health and Safety has a deficit of $241,000.00; The new projects eligible were levied for and are payable next year, Health and Safety Funds and Deferred Maintenance funds will be transitioned to the Long Term Facility Maintenance Fund and is looking what is the best way to finance new projects.




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Upon motion of Rasmussen, seconded by Hansen and unanimously carried to approve all claims for payment in the amount of $109,581.05.  Receipts were $918,767.88.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried to accept the letters of resignation from Deb Altermatt, Lead Teacher and Preschool Special Education; Andrea Clement, Agriculture Education and Meredith Flaig, Elementary Education, and thank them for their years of service to the District.


Upon motion of Hansen, seconded by Rasmussen and unanimously carried to accept the bid from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota for health insurance with a 15% rate increase.


Upon motion of Hansen, seconded by Rasmussen and unanimously carried to accept the bid from The Centre Stage Manufacturing Company, LLC for a Gym Divider in the amount of $8,250.00.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried to approve the cost of the Locker Room Renovation Project at a cost not to exceed $45,000.00, donated funds will cover half of the cost of the project.


Upon motion of Hansen, seconded by Rogotzke and unanimously carried to accept the bid from Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground for $36,000.00 for playground equipment installed by August 1, 2016.


Upon motion of Hansen, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried to accept the bid from the City of Jeffers in the amount of $7,500.00 for the larger metal and wooden playground equipment to be moved off the site by August 1, 2016.


Upon motion of Rasmussen, seconded by Hansen and unanimously carried to approve the commencement lineup of seniors in alphabetical order.


Other items discussed: Non-certified negotiations are ongoing, offering health insurance is being discussed; Bus routes; Moving plans and future book purchasing options, books vs computerized books.


Upon motion of Hansen, seconded by Rasmussen and unanimously carried, to adjourn the meeting at 8:58 p.m.


The next regular monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.




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Alan J.  Clarke, Clerk                                                     Doreen Kronback, Reporter