School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, November 16, 2009


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the elementary school library in Jeffers on Monday, November 16, 2009.  Members present were:  Bierl, Clarke, Johnson, Rogotzke, Stavnes, and Westerman.  Kelsey was absent.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Olson, Odetta Manthei, Paula Paplow, Rick Peterreins, Diane Peterreins, Denise Clarke, and Joe Dietl were also in attendance.


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Meet and Confer was held with Odetta Manthei, RRCEA President, addressing the board related to concerns from the teaching staff.  She noted that the musical was a great success as was the Veterans’ Day program in the high school and elementary.  The new 7-12 English curriculum is working well.  Teachers would like to see a summary of their salary and benefits when the school year starts.  Superintendent Brennan and the Board thanked Mrs. Manthei for her comments.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda, the minutes of the October 19, 2009 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Lead Teacher Riley’s report was distributed to the board:  Grandparent’s Day was October 23rd.  After the children gave a program, the grandparents were served refreshments and were given the opportunity to tour their grandchildren’s classrooms.  November 9-12 was our annual Scholastic Book Fair.  This year we earned over $1000.  We also participated in the “Toys for Tots” program.  The children collected $218 for that program and the adults working at the school will have to spray their hair with colored hair spray.  November 11th was the Veteran’s Day program.  Wayne Tasler spoke to the students and had one of the 5th graders put on the gear they wear – which can weigh up to 65 pounds.  Parent-Teacher Conferences were held on November 12th.  On Tuesday, November 17th, Sheila Ryker who is our Lead Title I teacher, will be having the annual Title I meeting to inform parents about the program.  November 16-20 is American Education Week.  Each day we’ll be doing something special in honor of this week.  November 20th is our next integration day.  The 3rd and 4th graders will be hosting in Jeffers and the 1st and 2nd graders will be heading for Walnut Grove.


Principal Olson reported the following:  The Fall musical was a great success again this year.  Parent/Teacher/Student conferences were held last week.  I have completed the first round of observations of the probationary teachers.   We had a speaker from Sleepy Eye for our Veteran’s Day program and it went very well.  The FFA Corn Drive was last Thursday.  Because of the rainy fall, a few FFA members came to me and asked if they could do it on a Thursday.  Mr. Olson also gave an overview of the new Detention and Electronic Devices policy that will be voted on later at this meeting.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $88,215.29.  Receipts were $342,055.29.


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Upon motion of Westerman, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to accept the resignation of Steve Wegman as assistant football coach after 29 years, and to thank him for his years involved in our extra curricular program.


The Board held a discussion with Rick Peterreins regarding his wish to lease the auto shop area for starting up a business for himself.  The Board has tabled a decision until the December meeting.


Upon motion of Johnson, seconded by Clarke, and unanimously carried, to hire Mike Redman as Assistant Wrestling Coach for the 2009-2010 season.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to approve the updated Detention and Electronic Devices Policies as written.  These policies will go into effect immediately.


Upon motion of Westerman, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried, to accept the MN Department of Education’s Assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination form as written.


Discussion was held regarding the water pipes in the Lamberton building.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to go into Closed Session at 8:17 p.m. to discuss a personnel issue.


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



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                      Denise Clarke, Recorder