School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, October 17, 2011


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the elementary library in Jeffers on Monday, October 17, 2011.  Members present were:  Bierl, Clarke, Erickson, Johnson, Kelsey, Rogotzke, and Stavnes.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Goetstouwers, 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 Clarke, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda, the minutes of the September 19, 2011 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Lead Teacher Riley’s report read as follows:  October is always a busy month at the Jeffers site.  Our fall NWEA testing was completed on October 4th for the K-5th grades.  The results of these tests will be given to the parents during conferences in November.  We thank Sheila Ryker, Sharon Musegades, and Leonard Runck for the scheduling, monitoring, and organizing of these tests.  We had the vision and hearing screenings on October 5th and finished them on October 12th.  Sue Huls, along with some local volunteers, did these screenings.  We also had flu shots for students and teachers who wished to receive them, on October 6th.  On October 7th, Ronald McDonald gave us a lyceum entitled, “Trek for Respect.”  He emphasized respect for the environment, for others, and for ourselves.  He kept our students entertained for 45 minutes and wanting more when the program was over.  Our first Integration Day was last Friday, October 14th.  The 1st graders were hosted by Wabasso.  Their theme was oceans.  The second graders went on a field trip with the other second graders in our collaborative.  We went to the Children’s Museum of S.D. in Brookings.  It was an amazing trip and everyone had a great time.  The Wabasso second grade teachers planned this trip.  The 3rd and 4th graders will be going on their field trip on October 24th for their Integration Day to Lake Shetek.  The kindergarten classes had already been on their trip September 30th when they went to the Poppe Pumpkin Patch in Lakefield.  Our next Integration Day is November 4th.  Our 1st and 2nd grades will host that day at the Jeffers Site.  This coming Wednesday, October 19th, will be our annual Grandparent’s Day with a program at 1:45.  Invitations have been sent.  On October 31st we will be having a masquerade ball in our gym for our students.  They can wear costumes if they wish, and all students are given the opportunity to walk across the stage to show their costume.  We also do dances such as the hokey-pokey, limbo, and chicken dance.  The children look forward to this every year.  We recently received another student from SMSU for a field experience in special education.  Wendy Rogotzke is working with Mary Shaner in the 5th grade.  She has been working one on one with some of the students and will be eventually interviewing Joy Younkin who is our Special Ed teacher.  November 4th is the end of the 1st quarter.  Conferences will be held November 10th from 4:00-10:00.  Information about these conferences will be sent home as we get closer to that date.


Principal Goetstouwers reported the following:  We had a very successful Homecoming week which included coronation, skits, and speeches, dress-up days, and the parade which got a lot of positive feedback.  Recent lyceums have been the”7 Project - There is Always Hope” and Camfel Productions “Get a Grip” both of which were wonderful and powerful.  The 10th graders took a trip to SMSU to the Career Expo where they learned about many careers available in SW Minnesota.  The College Fair for 11th & 12th graders is on October 24th.  About 80 colleges will be

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represented there.  We recently had the corn drive, which is a fundraiser for the FFA program.  I’ve heard positive feedback from the students, Mr. Dammann, and community members.  Mid-quarter was on October 4th.  Grades were given to all students, but only sent to parents of students who received D-‘s, F’s, and I’s.  The fall musical, “Guys and Dolls,” has begun rehearsing and has 50 students involved.  The volleyball and football teams will be starting sectionals soon.  One new student began today and 4 more will be part of our district starting next Monday.  I recently met with Mrs. Manthei and the science teachers to start identifying our strengths and weaknesses in our science curriculums.  In addition, all of the Q-Comp cluster groups are also setting personal goals related to our district Q-Comp goal to improve the science MCA scores.  Lastly, Mrs. Wilmes, Mr. Stevenson, and Mr. Runck are presenting on the different technologies we use at RRC School to the Lamberton Reading Club.  This includes the Kindle Project, the SmartBoard, and RRCNet.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $115,483.86.  Receipts were $803,285.59.


Upon motion of Johnson, seconded by Erickson and unanimously carried, to accept the Seniority List as presented.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to appoint Jeff Shaner as the Girls’ Basketball Head Coach.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to accept the 1st Reading of the Restrictive Procedures Policy.


Discussion was held regarding the following:  RRCNet, science scores, ACT tests and state tests, and the November 10th elementary Veterans Day Program.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Erickson and unanimously carried, to go into Closed Session at 7:58 p.m. to discuss personnel issues.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to come out of Closed Session at 8:55 p.m.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 8:55 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                         Denise Clarke, Recorder