School Board Minutes
Red Rock Central District No. 2884
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Members present were: Bierl, Clarke, Erickson, Kelsey, Rasmussen, Rogotzke, and Stavnes. Superintendent Brennan, Principal Goetstouwers, Lead Teacher Altermatt, Bruce Olson, Susan Olson, Brian Walker, Joe Dietl, and Denise Clarke 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 Erickson, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda as amended, the minutes of the September 17, 2013 meeting and the treasurer’s report.
Lead Teacher Altermatt reported the following: October has been a very busy month for RRC Elementary. Fire prevention week was October 7-11. The Lamberton fire department sent a packet for each student. All classes visited the fire station in Jeffers. Jeffers fire department donated two old fire hats to share in class discussions. The Jeffers firemen did a great job with demonstrations and discussions. We had a fire drill. The elementary children sang the school song at the October 11th football game. Grandparents’ Day is October 25th at Jeffers elementary. The theme this year is “We Are Hoppy to See You.” There will be Frog songs, poems and riddles to entertain our Grandparents. Cookies and coffee will be served in the classrooms of K-2 and lunchroom of 3rd and 4th graders. October is Bully Awareness month. Ms. Karnitz has completed several programs within each classroom. Class promises, to not be a bully, are displayed in the hallways of school. There is an anti bullying poster contest going on for 3rd and 4th graders. October 9th we all wore orange for Anti Bullying Day. Our Halloween Ball is on October 31st in the gym and is sponsored by the Student Council. The Elementary received a check for $89 from the Give with Target campaign. Our school earned $478.30 for Box Tops for Education. With this money, we purchased colored ink for computer in lab, construction paper for PreK-4th grade, and two lyceums. The Student Council will be selling Advent Calendars and is selling weather calendars now. The book fair will begin October 31st and run through November 7th. The Jeffers Community Lions would like to donate $100 to our library to be used with the Scholastic Books during the Book Fair. “One for Books” program (the library will get $100 worth of books and Scholastic will also donate 100 books to “Toys for Tots”.) The 4th grade went to Fall Field Days. We are using our Surfaces in the elementary. Our new secretary, Kellee Pudenz, is doing a wonderful job.
Principal Goetstouwers shared a copy of the Cottonwood County Citizen which highlighted area school districts’ MCA III test results. RRC led area schools in 5th grade science, 6th grade math, 8th grade math, 10th grade reading, and 10th grade science scores. Updates on the auditorium lighting projects are: Mr. Wegman’s Tech Ed class is currently building the lighting booth, Norcostco is installing lights Monday-Wednesday, and Anderson Electric has already come in and will work with Norcostco to finalize. We are using our Surfaces. We are looking into ways of being able to send them home with students and still remain CIPA compliant. October is anti-bullying month. The counselor and teachers had classroom lessons for all grades. There was a poster contest for grades 5-6 and a pledge was on the wall for the whole building to be able to sign. FFA updates: Our soils team came in 3rd, poultry team came in 6th, and horses team came in 6th in Region 6 competition, with soils and poultry going on to state competition. In U of M Invitational
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competition, 2 teams of soils came in at 1st and 5th place, with Joel Derickson receiving 1st place and Andrew Hansen receiving 3rd. Last Wednesday was the quarterly FFA member meeting – fruit sales will last until Thanksgiving and the corn drive is scheduled for tomorrow. Monthly FFA officer meetings are being held. Students on the National FFA trip leave on October 29th. Former student, Skyler Vold, is a national finalist and has a chance to be a national FFA champion. Tests administered in October are PLAN test for 10th graders and the PSAT for 11 graders who signed up. The College Fair was today in Marshall - 11th and 12th graders attended. The WWG Choral Festival was last Monday. All 85 choir students were invited. The fall concert is this Thursday. Target donated $63 on a program that was run through Facebook ($1/vote). Lifetouch will be here on October 28th for picture retakes. Flu shots will be on October 31st. End of the quarter is November 1st and Parent-Teacher Conferences are on November 7th from 4-9:30 p.m. With parents having access to grades and attendance online, there will probably be less turnout at conferences. The musical, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” will be presented by our drama students on November 8th and 9th. Our volleyball team will play game 2 of subsections this Friday in Windom vs MCC. Our football team is playing game 1 of subsections today vs Tracy. At our last meeting, the board requested that I meet with our basketball coaches and survey players. Both coaches would like to have the entire season in Lamberton and discussed ideas on how to make that work. Neither of them like the idea of splitting the season. Results from the survey of players were as follows: All but 3 girls voted to play home games in Lamberton. All boys voted to play home games in Lamberton. The majority of both teams would prefer alternating locations every other year (full season) as opposed to splitting it halfway through each season. When asked if they preferred to have both teams practice and play home games at the same site or different sites, all but 3 girls voted for same site. Half of the boys voted for same and the other half voted for different.
The Board discussed the issue of boys and girls sports, and where to play them, at length.
Upon motion of Stavnes, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried to amend the September 17, 2013 motion made regarding Volleyball being played in the Lamberton building beginning 2014-2015 school year to read as follows: Upon motion of Stavnes, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to install a 2 net volleyball system in the Lamberton building for a cost of $7,000.
Upon motion of Stavnes and seconded by Kelsey, to rescind the September 17, 2013 motion made regarding splitting the Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball season between Lamberton and Jeffers for the 2013-2014 school year. Upon roll call vote, the following voted yes: Rogotzke, Kelsey, Clarke, Stavnes, and Bierl. Voting no: Erickson and Rasmussen. Motion carried 5-2.
Upon motion of Kelsey and seconded by Stavnes, to move all indoor varsity sports to the Lamberton building beginning immediately. Upon roll call vote, the following voted yes: Rogotzke, Kelsey, Clarke, Stavnes, and Bierl. Voting no: Erickson and Rasmussen. Motion carried 5-2.
Upon motion of Erickson and seconded by Bierl, to play all indoor Junior High sports in the Lamberton building beginning immediately. Upon roll call vote, the following voted yes: Rogotzke, Clarke, Erickson, Rasmussen, Stavnes, and Bierl. Voting no: Kelsey. Motion carried 6-1.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $71,733.33. Receipts were $700,036.25.
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Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Erickson and unanimously carried, to approve the July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015 Master Agreement with the Red Rock Central Education Association as written.
Discussion was held regarding the Auditorium lighting. Asbestos laden lights had to be removed. We have generated another $10,000 over the $50,000 donation that was given. We should start looking at sound in the auditorium next. Electrically, they didn’t have to do as much as we originally thought. Member Kelsey stated that he thinks the school has an obligation to put some money into this as it is a school project. The Community Rummage Sale donated to the project. The Board thanks Member Kelsey for everything that he did on the committee.
The Board encourages that we move forward on the auditorium project.
Principal Goetstouwers requested that all staff receive a season pass to events. Kids really appreciate staff being at the games.
Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to issue Season Passes to all staff (teachers, support staff, cooks, custodians, bus drivers, school board).
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Rasmussen and unanimously carried, to hire Kellee Pudenz as Elementary Secretary in the Jeffers building.
Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Bierl and unanimously carried, to hire Lance Piotter as Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to go into Closed Session at 9:08 p.m. to discuss Property Options and Personnel Information.
Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to come out of Closed Session at 9:32 p.m.
Upon motion of Erickson, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to authorize the Superintendent to construct a bus garage with a limit of $80,000.
Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Erickson and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 9:34 p.m.
Alan J. Clarke, Clerk Denise Clarke, Recorder