School Board Minutes
Red Rock Central District 2884
Monday, October 19, 2015
The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Monday, October 19, 2015. Members present were: Bierl, Clarke, Hansen, Kelsey, Rasmussen, Rogotzke and Stavnes. Others in attendance: Superintendent Olson, Principal Goetstouwers, Lead Teacher Altermatt, Doreen Kronback, Joe Dietl, and Sharon Furth.
Chairman Rogotzke called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Hansen, and unanimously carried to approve the Agenda, September 21, 2015 Board Minutes and Treasurer’s report as presented.
Lead Teacher Altermatt reported the following: Grandparents Day program was held October 14, the program was excellent and was followed with coffee and cookies in the rooms; Masquerade Ball will be held Friday, October 30 the event will have games, food and fun for the students; The RAD Zoo (Reptile and Amphibian Discovery) Lyceum will be on October 20; The Student Council participated in the Homecoming Parade, handing out pencils that stated “Red Rock Central Rocks” and “Red Rock Central Rules,” the elementary students had a great time participating in the events at the high school; Student Council will send off first shipment of Box Tops by October 31; Grade four is selling Freshwater Society Weather Guide Calendars for $17.95, money earned helps fund educational lyceums; Book Fair – Theme Monster Book Fair is November 5 – 12, will have monster drawing contests October 19 – 30 and a “One for Books” contest, each class will collect change for Toys for Tots, the class collecting the most money will get a library party and that class’s teacher will get $25.00 worth of books; October 21 is Anti Bulling Day, everyone is to wear orange, a group picture will be taken; Picture retake day has changed from October 28 to October 21; The OLPA testing for grades three and four started October 19; Crystal Reese came to the classrooms to talk about the 4H program; October 7 the elementary students visited the Jeffers fire station, each student received a water bottle and crayons from the Jeffers firemen, Lamberton firemen sent color books and crayons, Thank you to both fire stations for their interest in the students; Flu shots will be available to staff and students October 21, and Dental Varnishing is October 23.
Principal Goetstouwers reported the following: Fall sports update, Football team lost section opener to Springfield and Volleyball team is seeded third; Sports pictures changed from Life Touch to Photo Works, positive feedback has been received, exploring the possibility of changing who takes school pictures; A $100.00 donation was received from Francis Harnick Post Auxiliary in Revere, donation is to be used for school supplies, i.e. shoes for PE for those in need; Homecoming week was fun, received a Thank You from Valley View Manor for having the parade route include their parking lot; PSAT for some of the eleventh grade was last Wednesday; FFA Corn Drive was last Wednesday, half of the proceeds will be given to Camp Courage, some FFA’s give 100% to Camp Courage, RRC used to donate to Camp Courage; National FFA Convention is the end of October, Payton Vold is a National Finalist for Proficiency Award, Specialty Animal Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement; Grade ten students went
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to Career Expo, RRC students won the day’s trivia competition about SW MN Careers, many exhibitors representing occupations and organizations in SW MN; Did not send students to college fair, didn’t feel there was enough personal contact; Musical “A Christmas Carol” is being presented on Friday and Saturday November 6 and 7; November 12 a Young Heart Cardiac Screening will be held for those signed up, if interested contact Principal; Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for Thursday, November 12 from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m., FCCLA is sponsoring a Whopper Feed that night and Tuesday, November 11 at 10:15 Veteran’s Day Program is being held.
Superintendent Olson reported the following: Leonard Runck and the Superintendent visited the Echo Charter School new Gym for ideas; Joel Sutter of Ehlers Corporation is available to give assistance in any building project, will request he attend the November regular meeting; Daycare request at October meeting would be possible at the school if a provider would want to lease the school building for a Daycare, the district is unable to fund a Daycare; Minnesota Department of Education is monitoring the Special Education Program, part of a regular cycle; Ann Wendorff from Windom stated that the Autism Program would only be interested in the Jeffers building if there were students in the building. Three plans for potential additional all-purpose gym space, storage and classrooms were presented.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Rasmussen and unanimously carried, to approve all claims for payment in the amount of $133,951.90. Receipts were $1,204,726.63.
Upon motion of Rasmussen, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to approve the Red Rock Central Seniority List.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried to hire Andrea Clement as the Ag/Science Teacher for the 2015 -2016 school year beginning January 25, 2016.
Andrea Clement will be at RRC January 2 to get orientated to the current program. Mr. Kelsey has volunteered to work with her during this time. Gratitude was expressed to Mr. Stalls, Mr. Kelsey, Mr. Krinke and all substitutes who helped with the Ag Classes to date.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes to rescind their motion to adopt the resolution authorizing the fund transfer of $43,600.00 from the District’s Unreserved Fund to the Food Service Fund. Roll call vote. Those voting in favor: Rogotzke, Kelsey, Clarke, Rasmussen, Hansen, Stavnes and Bierl. Those voting against: None. Motion carried.
Member Kelsey moved the adoption of the following Resolution:
WHEREAS, the Minnesota State High School League Foundation was formed to provide
support for Minnesota’s high school youth to participate in athletic and fine arts;
WHEREAS, the District 2884 School board recognizes the value of students
participation in extracurricular activities; and
WHEREAS, the MSHSL Foundation is offering grants and funding to assist school district
recognizing, promoting and funding extracurricular participation by high school students in
athletic and fine arts programs.
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THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Red Rock Central School Board supports
the District’s application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation for a FORM A
grant to offset student activity fees.
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Bierl and upon vote being taken thereon the following voted in favor: Rogotzke, Kelsey, Clarke, Rasmussen, Hansen, Stavnes and Bierl. And the following voted against: None. Whereupon the said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Jeffers Building Decision discussion: Superintendent Olson presented cost savings to the District with the closure of the Jeffers Building in the amount of $247,704.00, keeping all the staff would be a savings of $137,413.00; Would recommend keeping liability insurance on the building in Jeffers at a cost of $7000.00 - $7500.00; Lamberton Building has enough room to house grades Pre School – Grade 12; Scheduling of staff is more efficient with all students in one building; is it time for public meeting; Reasons for closing, efficiency, ease of scheduling staff, overhead cost of building. Superintendent Olson reminded the board that they are responsible to spend the tax payers money to best educate the children of the District.
A Public Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 16, 2015 in the Jeffers Gymnasium to discuss the potential closure of Jeffers Building. Administration will do a presentation with a question answer time.
Upon motion of Rasmussen, seconded by Hansen and unanimously carried, to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m.
The next regular monthly meeting will held Monday, November 23, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Alan J. Clarke, Clerk Doreen Kronback, Reporter