School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, April 21, 2008


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Monday, April 21, 2008.  Members present were:  Clarke, Derickson, Kelsey, Moldan, Myers, Rogotzke, and Westerman.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Olson, Mayor Craig Wetter, Steve Krinke, Joe Dietl, and Denise Clarke were also in attendance.


Chairman Derickson called the meeting to order at 7:31 p.m.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Upon motion of Moldan, seconded by Myers and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda as amended, the minutes of the March 17, 2008 meeting and the treasurer’s report.


Principal Olson gave the following report:  The Class Trip to New York City went very well and was a great cultural experience.  We had 3 contestants participating this year in State Speech.  The Parnell tapes and assembly on Meth use has been postponed to May.  Prom was a nice, positive evening for the Juniors and Seniors.  I thank the Promfest Committee for their hard work to make it a great (safe) event.  The Student Council will be sponsoring another fund drive for an Ethiopian School.  Many ideas for fundraisers were discussed and Jeffers Elementary Student Council said that they would match the funds collected.  Testing continues this week.  The 3 treadmills in the Fitness Center that were not working have been replaced free of charge and all are under warranty.  The afternoon out for good testing scores will be May 2nd.  The Reading Workshop has been rescheduled for April 23rd.  Tornado Awareness Day is Thursday.  We need to have 1 more Lockdown drill, 1 more Evacuation drill and 1 more Fire drill.


Lead Teacher Riley’s report was distributed to the Board:  The MCA and NWEA tests are underway.  We had 2 State winners for the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting contest – Safron Milne in 2nd grade and Brakken Bierl in 4th grade.  Safron Milne also won at the National level.  Now her handwriting will be judged in the Grand National Contest where there is only one winner for grades 1-8.  Our 2nd graders saw a play at Martin Luther College in New Ulm on April 17th as part of Integration.  Kindergarten Round-up will be held on April 28th.  We are expecting around 42 kindergarteners next fall.  Our annual spring concert will be held on May 5th at 7:00 p.m.  We’ll be having the statewide tornado drill on April 24th.  We have completed all the required lockdowns but still need to do 2 more fire drills and the all-school evacuation before the end of the school year.


Mayor Wetter spoke on behalf of the Lamberton EDA.  They are looking for property to expand residential areas in Lamberton.  The Lamberton EDA proposes that the Board contemplate the sale of the 5 acres of land discussed previously to the EDA.  The land should be able to hold 6-8 lots.  Chairman Derickson thanked Mayor Wetter and Steve Krinke for their presentation, and the Board will take their request under advisement.  Mayor Wetter thanked the Board for their time.



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Board Member Westerman attended a meeting of the Tri-County Joint Powers Board in Windom.  Their programs are full and they are requesting some administrative help.


Chairman Derickson attended the Phase IV training in St. Peter.  The main focus was on Community Engagement. 


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $101,136.82.  Receipts were $496,185.87.


Upon motion of Myers, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to accept the resignation due to retirement of Ms. Arlyce Anderson as school counselor and of Mr. Chris Fuecker as English teacher and to thank them for their time and service to the district and wish them well in their future endeavors.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Moldan and passed on a split vote, to accept, as a first reading, the proposed policy changes to the Student Handbook regarding Acceptable Internet Use and Graduation Policy.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Rogotzke and unanimously carried, to approve the hiring of Mary Hewitt as a Kindergarten teacher in Jeffers Elementary.


Discussion was held regarding cutting the Spring Play.  The Board did not come to a decision at this time.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Kelsey and voted on by a show of hands, to transfer the Elementary Account to the Lamberton Building, where the Elementary Student Council Fund and Elementary Activity Fund will have their own heading within the Red Rock Central High School Activity Fund.


Superintendent Brennan informed the Board that Q Comp was approved for next year.  Board Member Myers thanked Dr. Brennan and the staff for their continued efforts with Q Comp.  The Thank You note from the FCCLA and Mrs. Furth was presented for the Board to see.  Wind Energy was briefly discussed.  Board Member Kelsey commented that Principal Olson’s interview in the Citizen was very positive for RRC.


Upon motion of Westerman, seconded by Myers and unanimously carried, to go into closed session at 8:59 p.m. to discuss personnel and real estate issues, and to invite Superintendent Brennan and Principal Olson to join them.


The Board came out of closed session at 9:32 p.m.


Upon motion of Moldan, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 9:32 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                  Denise Clarke, Recorder