School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, September 18, 2006


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District 2884, was held in the elementary school library in Jeffers on Monday, September 18, 2006.  Members present were:  Clarke, Derickson, Kelsey, Mattison, Moldan, Myers, and Westerman.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Olson, O Detta Manthei, Ken Kraemer, 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 Westerman and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda, the minutes of the August 21, 2006 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Principal Olson report is as follows:  The plaque to recognize those who gave substantial donations for the new building project will be complete soon.  Homecoming plans are starting and candidates have been chosen.  NWEA Testing will begin again in the first part of October.  One fire drill has been conducted.  Plans are being made for other drills including 5 bomb threat or hostage drills and 1 tornado drill.  Our new Chemistry/Physics teacher is working nicely.  We have 2 student teachers with us this year.  One is working in Phy Ed with Mr. Bartholomaus and Mr. Keck and the other is working in the English department with Mrs. Altermatt and Mrs. Goblish.  The trouble we had with the door going into the tunnel in the new building has been straightened out.  The student parking lot has been working well.  Many staff members are also parking behind the building.  Our first Integration Day is planned for this Wednesday.  JMC online grades is now up and working well.  Only a few people attended the Open House we had before our first football game.


Lead Teacher Riley’s report was distributed to the Board for their review.  The first day of school went smoothly in the Jeffers building.  We did not have an open house on the first day like last year.  We intend to have an after school open house/activity night coming up on September 25th.  So far the plans are to sell BBQ’s, have karaoke, and welcome parents and children to come into the classrooms to visit.  The funds we receive from selling the BBQ’s will go to help pay for our Accelerated Reading Program.  We had our first fire drill on September 15th.  This year we are also required to have 5 lock-downs and 1 tornado drill.  The teachers are beginning to meet with their cluster teams for Q-Comp.  Each cluster consists of classroom teachers plus a school specialist such as a speech clinician, special education teacher, music teacher, and Title One instructors who are licensed teachers.  In the elementary building there are 7-8 members on each team.  During our first meeting we mainly discussed how we can best organize ourselves so we can accomplish as much as possible with the time we have.  The teams will meet to discuss the best way to teach a lesson, help one of the members with a problem they might be having in their classroom, to give each other support, and to throw out ideas to improve instruction.  Each month, a member of the cluster team will take a turn to be the team leader.  Dr. Brennan has given all of us a description of the responsibilities of the team leader.  This Wednesday we will be hosting our first session for the Southwest Integration Student Exchange Program.  Our 3rd grade students will

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be staying in Jeffers and hosting the other 3rd graders in the collaborative.  They will be doing activities that fit with an apple theme.  The rest of us will either be going to Walnut Grove, Tracy, Murray County Central, Wabasso, Balaton, or Milroy.  The sessions begin at 9:30 and end at 1:30.  We will be involved once a month in this exchange except in December and May.  This Friday we will be having our first lyceum for the year.  This one is on the rain forest.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Moldan and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $55,290.39.  Receipts were $611,857.74.


Upon motion of Myers, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to approve the first stage of the agreed upon concepts related to Q-Comp which relates to the attached Letter of Understanding.


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


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Mattison and unanimously carried, to approve the maximum and/or $473,578.09 levy certified by the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education for 2006 Payable 2007 property tax.


Discussion was held regarding the abatement request from Highwater Ethanol.  A public hearing will be set for Monday, October 16, 2006 at 6:45 p.m. in Lamberton with the regular board meeting to follow at 7:30 p.m.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to accept the resignation of Deb Pack as Lamberton Summer Recreation Director and to thank her for her years of service to the program.


The board will meet on November 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lamberton board room to discuss the Superintendent’s Evaluation.  November 8th was set for a backup date.


Discussion was held regarding the newsletter, Level II sex offender, a trailer for use behind the bus, and the need for an afternoon bus driver for the south route.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 8:45 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                  Denise Clarke, Recorder