School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, October 16, 2006


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Monday, October 16, 2006.  Members present were:  Clarke, Derickson, Kelsey, Mattison, Moldan, Myers, and Westerman.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Olson, Sue Olson, Sue Redman, Clare Polzin, and Denise Clarke were also in attendance.


Chairman Derickson called the meeting to order at 7:39 p.m.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Upon motion of Moldan, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda, the minutes of the September 18, 2006 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Principal Olson reported that the System Accountability Report has been sent to the State Department and will be distributed to neighboring communities.  The plaque recognizing donations for the wellness center and shop is ready.  NWEA testing is almost complete and results will come in within a couple of weeks.  So far, we have had 1 fire drill, 1 evacuation drill, and 1 lock-up drill all of which went very well.  The fire department and the police department will have floor plans and will be briefed on our needs from them concerning security of the building.  We are in the process of putting new bus decals on some of the busses.  I have begun observations with the teaching staff as per the Q-Comp agreement.  Our football team had an ineligible player on the team according to MSHSL rules.  We had to forfeit our wins up to the point we were made aware of the ineligibility, but we were able to keep our points earned.  Mrs. McGee has a Freshman class that would be willing to design a brochure relating to our school district.  The trailer that was discussed at the last meeting has been purchased.  The auto shop, welding class, and power mechanics class have been working on it.


Lead Teacher Riley’s report was distributed to the Board:  Our open house/activity night on September 25th brought 35 families and 105 people to the Jeffers site.  They had a BBQ or hotdog meal, visited classrooms, and went to the gym for karaoke.  The meals brought us $500 to help with the cost of our Accelerated Reading program.  The week of October 9-13 we completed the fall NWEA testing.  We will be receiving results of this testing before parent/teacher conferences in November.  The week of October 9-13 was also Fire Prevention Week.  Joe Miller of the Jeffers Fire Department came to the school and visited our preschool and 1st grade.  On October 18th our student teacher, Adam Kletscher, will be speaking to our 2nd through 5th graders on fire safety.  Adam is a volunteer fireman with the Dovray Fire Department.  He has also offered to wear his protective gear while he speaks to our students.  On October 17th a group from New Horizons will be giving a presentation on good touch/bad touch to our kindergarten through 5th graders.  A letter of explanation has been sent home to parents.  On October 25th we will be going to sessions for the Integration Student Exchange program.  This time our 4th graders will be staying in Jeffers and hosting other 4th graders in the collaborative.  October 27th is Grandparent’s Day.  The children will present a short program beginning at 1:45 in the gym.  Then their grandparents are invited to visit the classrooms and enjoy refreshments with their grandchildren.  On October 31st we will be

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having our annual masquerade ball in the gym.  The children can wear costumes if they wish and participate in the limbo, chicken dance, bunny hop, etc.  The teachers continue to meet in their clusters for Q-Comp quite regularly.  Each teacher must do 2 observations a year, be observed 2 times a year by cluster members, and have 1 evaluation by an administrator.  In our case, Dr. Brennan will be doing the evaluations.  We have had 2 fire drills and are getting closer to planning our first lockdown drill.  Because of the age of our students, I have asked the teachers to speak with their students before the first drill.  We want to prepare them without frightening them.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $114,655.72.  Receipts were $533,295.72.


The Board discussed the tax abatement request from Highwater Ethanol. 


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Mattison and unanimously carried, to postpone the vote regarding the tax abatement request from Highwater Ethanol until the next regular board meeting on November 20, 2006.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to set the special meeting to canvass votes from the November 7, 2006 election on November 13, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in Lamberton. 


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to accept the resignation of Annie Rezac as paraprofessional in the elementary building.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Moldan and unanimously carried, to approve 2 minor changes in the Districts’ Staff Development Plan, which pertain to the amount of stipend for certified and non-certified staff per day in the summer and a change in coaching workshops.


Discussion was held regarding the school parking lot, which is working out well and the Kelsey Award.


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



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                  Denise Clarke, Recorder