School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, September 17, 2007


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District 2884, was held in the elementary school library in Jeffers on Monday, September 17, 2007.  Members present were:  Derickson, Kelsey, Myers, Rogotzke, and Westerman.  Clarke and Moldan were absent.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Olson, Lead Teacher Riley, Karla Sorensen, 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 Myers, seconded by Rogotzke and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda as amended, the minutes of the August 27, 2007 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Lead Teacher Riley submitted the following report:  The first day of school went smoothly.  We have 6 additional students enrolled since last spring.  We have had 2 fire drills so far.  All teachers were told of this drill so they would be sure to have their students prepared and all procedures discussed before the first drill.  For the remaining 4 drills and teachers will not be notified.  We will be having 5 lock downs, 1 evacuation, and 1 tornado drill this year.  Today is Constitution Day and Congress has mandated that all public schools receiving federal aid teach about the Constitution.  Tomorrow evening Stacy Warner will be having her annual Fall Family Fun Night beginning at 5:00.  This week a letter will be sent home to our families explaining our integration program for this year.  The first Integration Day will be on October 5th and 1st and 2nd grades will be hosting in Jeffers.   Our 3 new paraprofessionals in Jeffers are Kathy Thompson, Konnie Rogotzke, and Melanie Hanneman.  We also have 2 new student teachers from SMSU.


Principal Olson presented the following report:  I have visited the classrooms of our new staff and everything seems to be going ok.  Last week I attended a Principals’ conference on the SMSU Challenge program.  I would like to see a steady expansion of Challenge classes and/or AP courses.  I am extremely pleased with our new janitorial staff.  The AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) system has been changed since last year.  We need to find a new way to determine if the students will be receiving a spring afternoon off because of good scores.  We welcomed back our student who suffered from traumatic brain injury.  We are continually analyzing and restructuring his program to suit his needs.  An IEP will be finalized in the next week or two.  The student body was made aware of the injuries and gave a warm welcome back on the student’s return.  Next week is Homecoming. 


Statement of Policy – To direct the principal to schedule the Senior Class Trip for Sunday through Thursday if need be.


Board Member Myers reported that MA funding may be changing soon.  Schools will be able to claim less and there will be more limitations.


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Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $69,090.40.  Receipts were $643,204.11.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to approve the hiring of Konnie Rogotzke and Melanie Hanneman as paraprofessionals in the Jeffers building.


Upon motion of Myers and seconded by Kelsey to approve the projected levy at the maximum amount certified by the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education for the 2007 Payable 2008 property tax.  Voting yes:  Myers, Westerman, Rogotzke, Kelsey, and Derickson.  Absent:  Clarke and Moldan.  Motion carried.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Myers and unanimously carried, to approve the System Accountability Report and to publish it as in the past.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to set 3 Meet and Confer meetings, one hour prior to the regular November, February, and May  board meetings.  Any Meet and Confer meeting will be canceled if issues are not brought, in writing, to the attention of the Superintendent 4 days prior to the stated meetings.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Myers and unanimously carried, to accept the resignation of Charles Nordby as Librarian and Social Studies teacher and to thank him for his years of service to the District.


Discussion was held on the Phase II Renewable Wind Energy Plan, Q Comp, and the recent Sales Tax Audit.


Upon motion of Westerman, seconded by Rogotzke and unanimously carried, to go into closed session at 8:25 p.m. to discuss personnel issues, and to invite Superintendent Brennan and Principal Olson to join them.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 8:48 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                  Denise Clarke, Recorder