School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, November 19, 2007


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District 2884, was held in the elementary school library in Jeffers on Monday, November 19, 2007.  Members present were:  Clarke, Derickson, Kelsey, Moldan, Myers, Rogotzke, and Westerman.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Olson, Dave Nester, Joe Dietl, and Denise Clarke were also in attendance.


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Rogotzke and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda, the minutes of the October 15, 2007 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Dave Nester, of Nester and Nester, presented the audit report for the 2006-2007 school year showing a positive balance of $84,644.  Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Myers and unanimously carried, to accept the audit report as printed.


The Board discussed our current Weapons Policy, and it was decided that at the next meeting Superintendent Brennan would present a new clause which includes wording from the Minnesota School Boards Association as far as Administrative Discretion.


Board Member Moldan presented a report on the Redwood County Collaberative.  The budget looked fine for this year, but they will need to apply for Federal and State grants for next year.


Principal Olson reported that he has met with representatives of SMSU and continues to explore the possibility of starting a Challenge Class of College Computer.  We had an excellent presentation on “Focus on Your Target” which focused on goal setting and building self-esteem.  Once again, the presenter complimented our students on their respectful behavior.  The excellent presentation of the musical, “The Music Man”, was performed over the weekend.  We are guessing that Parent-Teacher Conference attendance was down a little this year.  On-line grades may be replacing the face-to-face conference.  I attended the SW MN Principals Association meeting and school law conference.  In the future I will present some more policy language changes.  Winter sports starts are staggered due to the time of Easter.  Mr. Pack will start the basketball practices next week.


Lead Teacher Riley’s report was distributed to the Board:  October 26th was Grandparents’ Day.  There was a program followed by the grandparents visiting the classrooms and having refreshments with their grandchildren.  October 29-November 2 was Red Ribbon Week for drug awareness.  Mrs. Warner and Ms. Ryker developed activities for this week and helped our students think about the importance of saying “No” to drugs.  The Scholastic Book Fair ran from November 5-8 and earned about $3,600.  Out of that amount, our elementary school gets 30%.  We were able to order about 200 books free of charge, which were worth around $1,800.  We had excellent attendance at Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Each classroom teacher either had 100%

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attendance or just one or two parents who couldn’t come.  On November 7th our 4th and 5th graders participated in a program presented by the CLIMB Theater.  It was entitled “Fantasy Football.”  The presenters stressed to our students that it’s never too early to start thinking about what they want to do in the future.  On November 12th we had a Veteran’s Day program in the gym.  The entire student body and several community members attended.  A free workshop for parents of students in Title I, Kids First, and Early Risers, is being offered by Mrs. Benedict and Mrs. Warner.  This workshop will be on November 20th and is entitled, “Parenting with Love and Logic”.  We have had three fire drills.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Rogotzke and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $113,348.44.  Receipts were $474,498.54.


Upon motion of Myers, seconded by Moldan and unanimously carried, to accept the resignation, due to retirement, of Lucille Hagert as elementary school secretary as of January 1, 2008.  The Board wishes to thank her for her many years of service to the students of our district.


Upon motion of Moldan, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to grant a Leave of Absence for this school year to Joan Blomgren as requested.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to accept the 6.9% increase and other changes in the two-year cycle Master Agreement with the certified staff.  Base salary starts at $31,850 this year and $32,100 base for the 2008-2009 school year.


 The Board decided to have a workshop meeting for the purpose of filling out the Superintendent’s Evaluation on Thursday, November 29th at 6:00 p.m.  After the evaluation, a goal will be set for the Superintendent to achieve in the coming year.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Rogotzke and unanimously carried to adjourn at 8:29 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                  Denise Clarke, Recorder