School Board Minutes
Red Rock Central District No. 2884
Monday, September 21, 2015
The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884 was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Monday, September 21, 2015. Members present were: Bierl, Clarke, Hansen, Kelsey, Rogotzke and Stavnes. Members absent: Rasmussen. Others in attendance: Superintendent Olson, Principal Goetstouwers, Lead Teacher Altermatt, Doreen Kronback, Kellie Pfarr, Jan Benedict, Sharlla Maras, Shelia Ryker, Sharon Musegades, Jill Pederson and Bryce Pack.
Chairman Rogotzke called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Bierl, and unanimously carried to approve the Agenda, August 24, 2015 Board Minutes, September 3, 2015 Board Minutes and Treasurer’s report as presented.
Kellie Pfarr was present to make the Board aware of the need for Daycare in our community and the surrounding communities. She asked the Board to pursue including a Daycare in the school facility. Superintendent Olson stated that because of regulations it would be ideal to have a Daycare rent a room in the school building.
Bryce Pack presented a video from the MSHSL emphasizing that sports are for the growth and development of the students, and coaches should be transformational coaches and not transactional. RRC coaches complete MSHSL forms indicating their qualifications and a purpose statement of their coaching. The RRC coaching staff statements were shared.
Lead Teacher Altermatt reported the following: Completed 3 drills, fire, evacuation and lock down; Grandparents’ Day is set for Wednesday, October 14, 2015; Picture Day was September 16; Fourth Grade attended the Fall Field Day at the SWROC September 16; Fall testing completed, Grades K,1,2 tested in Reading and Math – NWEA, Grades 2 and 4 tested Science NWEA; Target’s Take Charge of Education program will be discontinued, thank you to all who have supported the program; Elementary will participate in the Dental Varnishing through Cottonwood County on October 23, 2015; Preschool screening will be held on September 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers, second screening date is October 9, 2015 in Lamberton at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church; Outlaw Committee of Jeffers purchased fans for the classrooms, they were appreciated, especially on the warm days; Student Council will be selling Freshwater Society Weather Guide Calendars in October, funds are used for upcoming lyceums; Student Council continues to cut Box Tops, first shipment is due November 2, usually they receive $500.00 - $700.00 this time of year and Mrs. Furth’s Fourth graders are building three worm composting gardens in three terrariums, the students have 200 red wiggler worms to check daily and feed when needed, The goal is to use the compost made in the created gardens in early May or late April, supplies for the project were given to Mrs. Furth at the 10 day class she took this summer at the SWROC. No worms have been lost yet.
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Principal Goetstouwers reported the following: RRC was awarded the US News and World Report: One of America’s Best Schools Bronze award, RRC has ranked for the seventh year in a row; Advanced Placement scores, six out of seven students scored a 3+ in Statistics, six out of
twelve students scored 3+ in Human Geography which equals 63% of Advanced Placement exams taken this year scored 3+, 21.4% of RRC seniors scored 3+ on at least one exam, thus one fifth of RRC Seniors have a legitimate opportunity to receive college credit from taking an Advanced Placement class at RRC; MCA scores above target for K-12 for AYP status; Great Open House for incoming Grade 5 students, next year plan to include Grade 6 students and new students; Eighteen incoming students in the Lamberton building; Students can purchase a second entrée for $1.00 this year; Ag position update, received applications and have offered position to one applicant, will continue with substitutes until January 1, 2016; Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Support Rural Education Grant of $10,000.00 will be used in Science classes as stated in press release; Redwood County Broadband Collaborative Blandin Foundation Grant gave away fifty computers to seven invited schools, the twenty-nine applicants at RRC will receive one of those computers on October 7, 2015; Had fire drill, will have lockdown drill at the end of this month; Homecoming Week is September 28 – October 2, Coronation is Monday September 28 and a Parade on Friday, October 2, parade to include a float for Grandparents and retired teachers; Jostens is coming for Sophomores to order class rings; NRP coming to measure for cap and gowns and Magazine sale for Juniors; School pictures were taken; Tenth graders will attend the Career Expo next Tuesday at Southwest Minnesota State University; Mr. Kelsey and Mr. Vold will take ninth grade FFA Greenhands to ag program; Senior trip to Orlando, FL will be March 30, 2016 – April 3, 2016, and Prom has been set for Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Superintendent Olson reported the following: Both locker rooms need lockers replaced, RRC coaches will donate the proceeds from the Summer Teacher Golf Tournament to pay for the new lockers, Working with Janitorial staff schedule, Janiece is working 3 hours in Jeffers and 5 hours in Lamberton; Inquired if any Board member is interested in serving on the Board of Directors for the SWWC; Bus inspection was held and four buses and two vans were taken off the route for brake work and the yellow van has to be painted another color due to bus regulations; Is the Board willing to offer compensation to staff members requested to get additional certification, currently the contract allows three credits in five years and there is staff development money available for college credits and the District was notified that they are a Rewards School, only 15% of the Title I Schools in the State got this recognition for the improvements achieved in the program.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Hansen and unanimously carried, to approve all claims for payment in the amount of $131,255.33. Receipts were $944,075.82.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes to pass a resolution for a Work Agreement with Ron Kelsey as the Ag class substitute and FFA Advisor. Members voting in favor: Rogotzke, Clarke, Stavnes, Hansen and Bierl. Members voting against: None. Member abstaining: Kelsey. Member absent: Rasmussen. Motion carried.
Leon Stalls was thanked for his time as a substitute for the Ag classes.
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Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Hansen to set the substitute teacher salary at $105.00 per day. Members voting in favor: Rogotzke, Clarke, Stavnes, Hansen and Bierl. Members voting against: None. Member abstaining: Kelsey. Member absent: Rasmussen. Motion carried.
Upon motion of Hansen, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to dissolve the current Gymnastics agreement with Redwood Valley High School.
Upon motion of Bierl, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to approve the World’s Best Workforce as presented by Principal Goetstouwers.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey to approve the levy in the MAXIMUM amount. Roll call vote was taken. Voting yes: Rogotzke, Kelsey, Clarke, Stavnes, Hansen and Bierl. Voting no: None. Member absent: Rasmussen. Motion carried.
Jeffers Building Decision discussion: Superintendent Olson, Principal Goetstouwers, and Lead Teacher Altermatt worked on potential room assignments in the Lamberton Building and distributed the layout; Elementary classrooms may have dividers in the room; Options may include teachers team teaching or sharing core class together; Closing the Jeffers Building would save the district $200,000.00 – $250,000.00; Need more information on the cost to maintain the closed Jeffers building; Time table for 2016 -2017 closure would include setting a public meeting in Jeffers and allowing six months to get the Lamberton building ready and help staff move. The Board agreed this is a difficult decision to make.
Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to adjourn the meeting at 9:19 p.m.
The next regular monthly meeting will held Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Alan J. Clarke, Clerk Doreen Kronback, Reporter