School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, December 15, 2014


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No, 2884 was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Monday, December 15, 2014.  Members present were: Bierl, Clarke, Kelsey, Rasmussen, Rogotzke, and Stavnes. Absent: Erickson.  Others in attendance: Superintendent Olson, Phil Goetstouwers, Nathan Kinner, Doreen Kronback and John Hansen.

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 

Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried to approve the Agenda, November 17, 2014 Board Minutes and Treasurer’s Report as presented.

Nathan Kinner of Kinner and Company presented the 2013 – 2014 School Year Audit report and answered questions concerning the audit findings.

Upon motion of Rasmussen, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried to accept the 2013– 2014 School Year Audit as presented.

Member Kelsey reported that the Drama Mat is in the United States and should be delivered on Thursday.  Extra help is needed to carry the mat into the school building.

Lead Teacher Deb Altermatt’s report was distributed to the board: It has been a quiet month in the elementary building; Christmas concert “Christmas Near and Far” was held December 8, featured song was “Christmas Cookies”, Fourth graders make salt cookie decorations for trees in the gym, Pre-4Th grade decorated paper ornaments and made a huge paper chain for the decorations, Music was great, Huge thank you to Mr. VanMaasdam and Mrs. Frasher, the cooks for baking cookies for all to eat and all the help with the cleanup;  Classes are invited to enter the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting contest, entries must be submitted by January 21, Handwriting levels are local, state, national and Grand National Grade Level Champions;  Santa will visit the school on December 23, will finish the last hour of school before vacation with Christmas caroling;  Everyday Leaders for the month of November were: Braedon Mariner - Preschool, Jadyn Beranek and Treyton Knutson – Kindergarten, Gavin Thomas and Brooke Timm – First Grade, Riley Jones – Second Grade, Ava Juhnke and Tyler Therkilsen – Third Grade and Emily DeCock and Ashtom Juhnke – Fourth Grade; Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the RRC Elementary.

Principal Goetstouwers reported the following:  Lyceum for grades 5 – 12, VJ Smith presented “Richest Man in Town” on December 5; MCA Math Grad retest results were 3 out of 7 passed and all but one improved over last year; Tenth Grade PLAN and Eighth Grade EXPLORE test results were well above the state average; Southwest Minnesota Arts Council grant in the amount of $2,237.00 was received by Mrs. Frasher and Mr. VanMaasdam for the Jazz Festival; 

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The Target Field Trip Grant in the amount of $700.00 was received by Mrs. Wilmes for a tenth grade trip to Park Square Theatre to see Romeo and Juliet this year; The Community Walmart Grant was received by Ms. Karnitz in the amount of $500.00 to be used for the college and career planning in the high school and guidance lessons in the elementary;  It is great that the staff are applying for grants;  An extra study hall is being offered during lunch for students that are failing a class, does not affect the choir students;  Heather Hacker a paraprofessional has presented a letter of resignation effective December 23;  Snow Week is January 26 – 30, 2015, activities that week include One Act Play Performances January 27 at 3:45 and 4:30, 30 students interested in One Act Play, two groups will perform, Non-competitive will perform “Not-So-Grimm Tales” at 3:45 p.m. and Competitive group will perform “Mike’s Case” at 4:30 p.m., One Act Competition is January 1, 2015 in Pipestone; Financial Aid night is Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm and January 30, 2015 a dance after the girls home basketball game.

Superintendent Olson reported the following:  School Workshop and school days, Monday, January 19, 2015 will use ½ of this day for In-service “Mental Health First Aid” and Tuesday, January 27 the students will be sent home at 11:30 am for the other half of the workshop, Paraprofessionals will also be involved in these days; Bus garage doors have not been installed to date, working on getting the contractor to complete the project; Health Insurance Transparency Act (HITA) requires that the health insurance program has to be bid every two years, one bid must be through PEIP; Southwest Regional Committee is looking for a volunteer to serve on their committee; Working on the bid for flooring to replace the carpet in the Lamberton Pre-School Room; Some seats in the Auditorium need repair, a bid of $4415.54 was received to repair 250 seats and the seating on the side sections should be reconfigured because of the slant of the floor.

Superintendent Olson presented Truth and Taxation Levy information for District 2884 to begin the Truth in Taxation portion of the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to approve all the claims for payment in the amount of $102,260.80.  Receipts were $176,405.60 and investments of $1,209,167.80 minus payroll. 

Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey, 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 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

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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: Rogotzke, Kelsey, Clarke, Stavnes, Rasmussen, and Bierl.  Voting no: None.  Absent: Erickson.  Motion carries 6 - 0.

Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to approve the Service Contract with SW/WC Service Cooperative for Business Management Services in the amount of $707.29 per month for January 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015.

Upon motion of Bierl, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to certify the 2014 payable 2015 levy at the Maximum - $1,090,893.18.

Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Rasmussen and unanimously carried, to change the January – May Regular monthly Board meeting dates and times to the third Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to approve the bid for repairing 250 auditorium seats in the amount of $4,415.54.

Upon the motion of Rasmussen, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to accept the resignation of Heather Hacker and thank her for her service to the District.

Other discussion included the following: Possible work session in February for long range planning; Board Committee Assignments for next year; Jeffers Building; FFA Advisory Committee meeting; Offering Auto Shop to other Districts and Health Occupation Classes.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Rasmussen and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 7:04 p.m.

The next regular monthly meeting will held Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.


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Alan J.  Clarke, Clerk                                                  Doreen Kronback, Reporter