School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, May 19, 2008


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the elementary school library in Jeffers on Monday, May 19, 2008.  Members present were:  Clarke, Derickson, Kelsey, Myers, Rogotzke, and Westerman.  Moldan 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 Kelsey and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda as amended, the minutes of the April 21, 2008 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Principal Olson reported that the students viewed the Parnell tapes and had an assembly regarding Meth use.  The Student Council sponsored a fund drive for an Ethiopian Children’s Home and raised over $1,600.  The Reading Workshop was held on April 23rd.  We have concluded 1 more lockdown, 1 more evacuation, and 1 more fire drill on May 8th making our drills for the year complete.  Student schedules for next year are complete.  Breakfast continues to be a popular offering with up to 50 students eating on a given day.  The Seniors’ last school day will be tomorrow with Commencement practice being held on Wednesday morning after breakfast and locker clean out.  Board members Derickson and Kelsey will present diplomas at Commencement.  It has been a great end to a solid school year.  I commend the Seniors on their leadership. 


Lead Teacher Riley’s report was distributed to the Board.  The Integration Environmental Camp near Alexandria was a very good experience for our 5th graders.  All NWEA and MCA testing is complete except for the MCA science test for our 3rd – 5th graders.  On May 5th we had our annual spring concert.  After the concert, the parents were given the opportunity to see their children’s art work displayed in the hallways.  Kindergarten round up was on the evening of April 28th.  We are expecting 38-40 Kindergarteners next fall.  Kindergarten graduation this year will be on May 28th.  Mrs. Benedict will be having a meeting with parents whose children are currently in the Title I program on May 28th.  We’ve completed all fire drills, lockdowns, one tornado drill, and the all-school evacuation required for this year at the Jeffers site.  This school year went quickly and successfully.  I’m proud of our teachers, support staff, and students who faced each challenge this year and turned them into successes.  We continue to get positive encouragement from Dr. Brennan which is always appreciated. 

The negotiations committee and the non-teaching staff will be meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Lamberton Board Room.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $116,957.09.  Receipts were $548,988.69.



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Upon motion of Myers, seconded by Rogotzke and unanimously carried, to approve the hiring of the following:

            Susan Wilmes – High School English

            Phil Goetstouwers – Half-time Counselor

            Jerry Mason – High School Custodian

            Jodi Smith – Elementary Special Ed


Upon motion of Rogotzke, and seconded by Clarke to cut the Speech program.  Upon roll call vote being taken, the following voted in favor thereof:  Westerman, Rogotzke, Clarke, and Derickson.

And the following voted against the same:  Myers

Kelsey abstained.

Moldan was absent.

Motion passed.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to accept the resignation of Jenifer Goblish as Speech Coach and to thank her for her service to the students in the Speech program.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Myers and unanimously carried, to renew membership in the Minnesota State High School League for the 2008-2009 school year.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to hire the auditing firm of Nester and Nester to perform the school district audit for the 2007-2008 school year.


Since Gov. Pawlenty signed a new bill giving public schools the option of having a primary election or not, the Board will go along with the bill and not have a primary.  Therefore, there was no action taken on the resolution.


The Board tabled action on the Lease Agreement with Meadowland at this time.


Upon motion of Clarke and seconded by Rogotzke to accept the changes in the Acceptable Internet Use and Graduation policy in the Student Handbook.  Motion passed on a split vote.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to approve a potential of 43 members of the Senior Class for graduation.


Superintendent Brennan showed the Board a letter from Mrs. Furth informing the Board about the FCCLA students that will be advancing to national competition.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 8:30 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                  Denise Clarke, Recorder