School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, September 19, 2011


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Monday, September 19, 2011.  Members present were:  Bierl, Clarke, Erickson, Johnson, Kelsey, Rogotzke, and Stavnes.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Goetstouwers, Lead Teacher Riley, John Rogotzke, Denise Clarke, and Joe Dietl were also in attendance.


Chairman Rogotzke called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Upon motion of Johnson, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda, the minutes of the August 15, 2011 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


John Rogotzke addressed the board regarding the lack of football bleachers on the visitors’ side.


Lead Teacher Riley offered the following report:  To help kick off our 2011-2012 school year, we had an open house once again at the Jeffers site for our students and their parents.  It was the evening of September 1st from 5-7 p.m.  Our students met their new teachers, brought in their school supplies, and the teachers answered any questions that were asked.  Refreshments were also served in the school cafeteria.  Attendance was good but we felt it might have been better if the weather hadn’t been so hot.  There also was a volleyball game in Springfield that evening.  We feel this open house helps our students to have less anxiety when the first day of school does come because they have already met their teacher and they know where they will be sitting in the classroom.  Also they have less to carry to school the first day because they bring their school supplies with them the night of open house.  School pictures were taken on September 15th.  Our 4th graders will be attending the annual Fall Field Day at the Lamberton Experiment Station on September 21st.  The teachers have decided that our annual Grandparents’ Day will be on October 19th this year.  We will begin with a program at 1:45 in the gym.  Then the children can show their grandparents their classrooms and have refreshments with them.  We will be having two students from Southwest Minnesota State University do their field experience in Jeffers.  Ken Kraemer will be hosting a freshman student, Gabrielle Gerdes, for a 15-hour “Introduction of Education,” in his 4th grade classroom.  Gabrielle will be observing, assisting in one-to-one tutoring, helping with group activities and bulletin boards, and she will teach one lesson near the end of the 15 hours.  Paula Paplow will be hosting a junior year Elementary Education major, Jennifer Elness, in her kindergarten classroom.  This will include 15 hours of elementary methods in math, science, social studies, and developmental reading.  Jennifer will also do 10 days of pre-student teaching in Mrs. Paplow’s classroom.  We have had our first Q-Comp cluster meetings last week.  We will be working on setting our goals for this year and then the future meetings will consist of discussing the methods and activities we are using in our classrooms to reach these goals.  We have had 1 fire drill so far.


Principal Goetstouwers reported that the start of the school year is going well.  We have new expectations and implementation of a more structured 4A and cell phone policy which will hopefully help with test results.  We have had 1 fire drill and 1 tornado drill already.  In the next 2 weeks we will have a lock down and evacuation drill.  Spanish I teacher Candice Duerksen and long-term sub Laura Brandt have been doing a great job with our new Spanish curriculum.  The Student Council met this morning to discuss Homecoming.  Coronation will be on Monday at 7 p.m. On

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Friday, September 30th, there will be a parade, the elementary will be invited to come, we’ll have powder puff football and volleyball.  The Homecoming football game will be Friday evening.  Josten’s has been here to present options for class rings to the sophomores.  They will be able to order the rings, if they chose to, on Tuesday during noon hour.  NRP was here for cap and gown measurements last week and came back today to kick off Magazine Sales for the Juniors. 


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $127,757.84.  Receipts were $949,996.36.


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


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to approve the hiring of:

                Bonnie Holman as Assistant Cook in the High School

                Sammie Harnack as a Junior High Volleyball Coach


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to approve the projected budget at this time at the maximum levy possible.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to set December 19, 2011 as the date of our Truth in Taxation meeting before the final tax request is set and sent to the county.  The meeting will be held in the Superintendent’s office at the Lamberton Building starting at 7:30 p.m., during the Board’s regular meeting, to approve the projected levy or maximum option for the 2011 payable 2012 property tax. 


Discussion was held regarding Girls’ Basketball Coaching position, the staff and family Kubb tournament, bleachers at the football field, and the annual Assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination.


Upon motion of Stavnes, seconded by Erickson and unanimously carried, to go into Closed Session to discuss personnel issues at 8:10 pm.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Erickson and unanimously carried, to come out of Closed Session at 8:43 p.m.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Erickson and unanimously carried, to approve the attached Retirement Offer to professional staff.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to adjourn the meeting at 8:44 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                                         Denise Clarke, Recorder