School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, October 19, 2009


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Monday, October 19, 2009.  Members present were:  Clarke, Johnson, Kelsey, Rogotzke, Stavnes, and Westerman.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Olson, Lead Teacher Riley, Amy Bierl, Bev Larson, Denise Clarke, and Joe Dietl were also in attendance.


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda as amended, the minutes of the September 21, 2009 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


An interview was conducted with Mrs. Amy Bierl regarding her interest in the open Board seat in Precinct 3.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to appoint Amy Bierl to fill Mrs. Paula Derickson’s seat in Precinct 3 on the Board until the next general election.


Under the leadership of Chairman Kelsey, newly appointed Board Member Bierl recited the Oath of Office.


Board Member Westerman attended a meeting of the Tri-County Day Treatment Center in September.  The name has been changed to Red Rock Ridge Learning Center.


Lead Teacher Riley presented the following report:  On October 7th all of the kindergarteners in our integration collaborative went on a field trip to the Poppe Pumpkin Patch in Lakefield.  Our school nurse began the hearing and vision screening and finished up on October 14th.  A representative from our new math series, Macmillan McGraw-Hill, met with the teachers after school to answer any questions and make sure we are utilizing all of the materials and technology that came with this series.  October 9th was our first site integration day.  Our 1st and 2nd graders hosted the other 1st and 2nd graders from Walnut Grove, Wabasso, and Milroy.  There were approximately 101 first graders and 96 second graders attending.  Our 3rd and 4th graders went to Wabasso.  October 5-9 was Fire Prevention Week.  Many of the teachers talked about the importance of fire prevention and did activities in their classrooms throughout the week.  The preschool-1st grade invited firemen into their classrooms for a visit.  We will be having picture re-takes on October 22nd.  Pre-school screening will also take place this Thursday.  October 23rd will be Grandparent’s Day.  We’ll have a program in the gym at 1:45 and afterwards the grandparents are invited to visit the classrooms if they wish.  Our annual masquerade ball will be on October 30th in the gym.  The children are welcome to wear costumes at the ball.  November 6th will be the end of the 1st quarter with conferences being held on November 12th from 4:00-10:00 p.m.


Principal Olson presented the following report:  March 28-April 1 could be tentative dates for the class trip.  This is the week before Easter.  At least 25 of 44 students are interested in going to San Diego or Los Angeles.  Testing completed this month was in NWEA, PSAT, and PLAN.  I have been doing informal observations in classrooms and have started the formal observations.  The System Accountability Report will be out in this week’s paper.  A committee has been set for the Student Council/Faculty policy review, but no meeting date has been set as of yet.  Homecoming went well.  We will be starting football and volleyball playoffs.  Volleyball plays on October 26th at Jeffers against Ellsworth and the football team plays on October 27th at home or MCC.  The Student Council will be selling water with the RRC Falcons label at our concession stands.  The Service Coop has requested that we have Internet filtering in place and that the final

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determination of what the filters allow or don’t allow is left up to the Building administrator.  This must be done according to CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act).  The district has an Internet filtering policy and has given the public the opportunity to comment to the local policy via the regularly scheduled local school board meeting.


Upon motion of Johnson, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to accept the building reports.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Rogotzke and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $96,682.52.  Receipts were $1,282,249.34.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to accept the resignation of Betty Keck as paraprofessional effective October 15, 2009.


Upon motion of Johnson, seconded by Rogotzke and unanimously carried, to approve the hiring of Rebecca Prell as paraprofessional in the Lamberton building.


Superintendent Brennan received a letter of request from Rick Peterreins stating that he would like the opportunity to lease our auto building/tools during non-school hours for his own business.  After discussion, the Board asked administration to proceed and contact local business as to their feelings on this matter and to keep an open discussion with Mr. Peterreins.


Chairman Kelsey called for nominations for Vice Chair.  Clarke nominated Rogotzke, seconded by Johnson.  Nominations ceased.


Upon motion of Stavnes, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried to accept Rogotzke as Vice Chair.


Superintendent Brennan showed the Board several photos of the water pipes in need of repair in the high school.  The Board also discussed the possibility of a sick day bank. 


Chairman Kelsey declared the meeting adjourned at 8:47 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                                         Denise Clarke, Recorder