School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, November 23, 2015


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Monday, November 23, 2015.  Members present were:  Bierl, Clarke, Hansen, Kelsey, Rasmussen, Rogotzke, and Stavnes.  Superintendent Olson, Principal Goetstouwers, Lead Teacher Altermatt, Joe Dietl, Jan Benedict and Nathan Kinner were also in attendance.


Chairman Rogotzke called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Rasmussen and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda, the minutes of the October 19, 2015 meeting and the November 16, 2015 Special meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Nathan Kinner of Kinner and Company Ltd. presented the audit report and answered questions concerning the report for the 2014-2015 school year.


Lead Teacher Altermatt reported the following:  The Veteran’s Day program was presented on November 11th.  The Jeffers Legion was on hand and each child and teacher received a small flag on a stick.  Conferences went well.  Forty-seven children participated in the dental varnishing.  Halloween gathering in the gym was lots of fun.  Parents led the games in the gym and popcorn and treats were served.  The Book Fair was held November 5-12.  $3,700 worth of books were sold and $2,097 of free books were earned for our school.  The Student Council shipped $820 worth of box tops on November 2nd.  The second shipment will be March 1st.  German Chocolate Advent Calendars are on sale for $3.  The 4th graders sold 116 Freshwater Society Weather Guide Calendars earning $1,040.52.  OLPA testing for 3rd and 4th graders was completed.  “The Reading Magic Show” was presented by Norm Barnhart.  The Caught Being Good! Program was started by Ms. Karnitz.  In September, 91 tickets were given out to 64 children.  Last month 256 were given out to 94 different children.  Classroom winners for September:  K-Shylin Hagert, 1st – Kennedy Carter/Carly Hubert, 2nd Trenton Blomgren/Ian Kuehl, 3rd Hadlee Hemmingsen, 4th Tegan Johnson/Bree Rasmussen.  Classroom winners for the month of October:  K Mason Mroz, 1st Kendra Schroeder/Jonah Skarupa, 2nd Nathan Cowan/Maddie Harder, 3rd Erik Flores, 4th Blake Paplow/Mercedes Myers. 


Principal Goetstouwers reported the following:  Coach Sara Arfsten was named South Sub-Section Coach of the Year.  Volleyball was seeded 3rd  and lost to #2 seed Windom.  Boys basketball won their first game vs RCW.  We received a check for $170 from South Point Federal.  $10 is given to the school every time someone opens an account with them and lists RRC as the school to give it to.  The National FFA Convention went smoothly.  Payton Vold was a National Finalist for Proficiency Award in the category Specialty Animal Production –Entrepreneurship/Placement.  Andrea Clement visited RRC

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to connect with staff and collect textbooks and notes in preparation of starting in January.  She will return before December 23rd to know where students leave off in curriculum, and as to where to continue after the new year.  The musical “A Christmas Carol” was a great success!  Fourteen students participated in the Young Heart Cardiac Screening.  Parent-Teacher conferences were held November 12th.  Some other schools who communicate electronically to parents via programs like JMC have eliminated P-T conferences.  This is still a nice way to connect with families.  8:30 – 9:30 p.m. was quiet.  The Veteran’s Day Program has existed at RRC for many years.  Last year was the first year that included invocation and prayer.  We clearly stated that we will not have that part of the program, but they snuck it in without our consent.  Although the public is invited to attend, our student body is required to attend.  How does RRC want to proceed as this involves Church vs State. 


Superintendent Olson reported the following:  The backboards from Jeffers have been installed.  Fifty-four shots and 9 flu mist vaccinations along with 17 for faculty/staff were given at the Lamberton Campus.  At the Jeffers Campus 28 shots, 14 flu mist and 15 vaccinations to faculty/staff were given for a total of 137 for RRC.  The Storden land swap was discussed.  If anyone is interested in meeting with Joel Sutter, he’d be available on November 30th , December 1st and December 2nd.  A program to pay for college credit for teachers seeking further licensure was discussed.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $92,863.81.  Receipts were $773,921.91.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Hansen and unanimously carried, to accept the 2014-2015 School Year Audit as presented.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to approve the Pairing Agreement with Redwood Valley, Springfield, Wabasso, and Anderson Home School for Gymnastics with clarification on participation fees.


Upon motion of Stavnes, seconded by Rasmussen and unanimously carried, to accept the resignation of Isaac Jenniges as Junior High Boys’ Basketball Coach effective immediately.


Upon motion of Hansen and seconded by Stavnes to hire Alex Pankonin as Junior High Boys’ Basketball Coach for the 2015-2016 school year.  Voting Yes:  6.  Voting No: 0  Clarke abstained from voting.  Motion carried.


Upon motion of Kelsey and seconded by Hansen, to acknowledge that each year Red Rock Central receives E-rate (federal) funding in order to help cover the cost of our students having access to the internet in both buildings.  In receiving these funds we, as a District, (and all U.S. public schools) agree to protect our students from “harmful Internet content” as defined by the Federal Government via a law named the “Children’s Internet Protection Act”.  RRC does filter out harmful Internet content via

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our agreement with our access provider which is Trillion and the Southwest/West Central Service Coop. in Marshall. With Board agreement we consider this agenda item does cover Public Notice and we’ll conduct this meeting yearly at this time.  A copy of the posting of this agenda to give the public advanced notice that they may contribute to the discussion of the Internet Access Use Policy and ask questions, the agenda itself and minutes of this meeting will be kept on hand for five (5) years in order to verify that we did discuss this at a public meeting.  A copy of the posting, the agenda and minutes will also be sent to SW/WC Service Coop. for their records as well.  The addition of the word/term Password to our policy will meet all the necessary guidelines set out by the federal government under the CIPA and the use of receiving e-rate monies.  Roll call vote was taken. 

Voting  yes: Bierl, Clarke, Hansen, Kelsey, Rasmussen, Rogotzke, Stavnes.  Voting no: None.  Motion carried.


Discussion items:  Future planning, layout for the Lamberton building, what to do with the Jeffers building, and personnel.


The next meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. with the Truth in Taxation meeting being at 6:00 p.m.


Upon motion of Hansen, seconded by Rasmussen and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 7:03 p.m.




Alan J. Clarke, Clerk