School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, December 17, 2012


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Monday, December 17, 2012.  Members present were:  Bierl, Clarke, Erickson, Johnson, Kelsey, Rogotzke, and Stavnes.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Goetstouwers, Lead Teacher Altermatt, Kip Rasmussen, Meridith Flaig, Tom Altermatt, Joe Dietl, and Denise Clarke were also in attendance.


Chairman Rogotzke called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Truth In Taxation – The Board discussed property taxes and reviewed a handout provided by Superintendent Brennan.  After discussion, the Board returned to their regular meeting as on the agenda.


Upon motion of Johnson, seconded by Kelsey and unanimously carried, to approve the agenda, the minutes of the November 13, 2012 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Lead Teacher Altermatt presented the following report:  The RRC Clothing Drive raised a total of $711.  RRC, along with Comfrey, St. Raphael’s and Springfield Public, were invited to participate in Springfield Hospital Staff’s Hat and Mitten Drive.  Each school received a box of mittens, hats and scarves for students.  Lifetouch is offering another photo shoot for the elementary students, with scenic backgrounds.  A package will be sent to parents and the school gets $2.00/student.  We had a lyceum with Ronald McDonald with a message on bullying.   A thank you was sent to Windom’s Ronald McDonald as they sponsored the program.  Jeff Strock and Mark Coulter gave a demonstration on soil to Mrs. Flaig’s class.  Mr. Strock will be coming on December 19th to Mrs. Furth’s 4th grade to make models of erosion and disucss weather, wetlands, and native grasses.  The 3rd grade wrote holiday poems for the Citizen, the 4th grade drew pictures for Sanborn’s Hometown Christmas and for the Citizen, and all classes wrote stories/poems for the Lamberton News.  We donated our leftover Advent Calendars to the Children’s Home Society in Sioux Falls and received a thank you from them.  The Student Council has purchased playground equipment for recess (jump ropes and balls - $230).  We are still collecting Labels for Education.  The Christmas Concert, “An Old Fashion Christmas”, was held on December 9th and was the first with Mr. Van Maasdam and Mrs. Frasher.  It was well attended and we received many positive comments.  Santa visited us on December 20th, we went caroling on December 21st and school was dismissed at 12:30 on December 21st.  Our staff and support staff donated $430 to be split between the Food Shelves in Redwood and Cottonwood Counties.


Principal Goetstouwers reported the following:  I had a meeting with the elementary staff this morning and we will be having a lock down drill this morning.  All doors will be locked except the entrance east of the office during school hours.  We will be having a staff meeting tomorrow to discuss the procedure.  Midterms went out a couple of weeks ago.  The end of the semester is January 18th.  There are 18-20 kids involved in the One-Act Play, “Epic Fail”, this year.  They will be competing in Pipestone.  The master schedule for second semester is near completion.  The Snow Week dance will be held January 11th after the basketball game.  Financial Aid Night for seniors and their parents will be held January 3rd at 6 pm in room 14.  David Vikander from SMSU will speak and emails or letters have been sent out to parents.  On January 3rd at 6 pm in room 21, the PLAN test will be interpreted to parents of 10th graders.  It was interpredted to 1-th graders during school.  The ASVAB test for 11th graders will be administered by the National


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Guard on January 9th.  CPR classes will start after Christmas vacation.  Our new Spanish teacher will start next week.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Bierl and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $193,576.17.  Receipts were $206,873.40.


Upon motion of Erickson and seconded by Stavnes, to certify the 2012 payable 2013 levy at $833,972.14.  Roll call vote was as follows:

Voting Yes:  Rogotzke, Kelsey, Clarke, Johnson, Stavnes, Bierl, and Erickson;

Voting No:  None

Motion passed.


Upon motion Stavnes, seconded by Bierl and unanimously carried, 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 itself and minutes of this meeting will be kept on hand for five (5) years in order to verify that we did discuss this issue 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.


The Board directed Superintendent Brennan to look into Hildi Incorporated of Minneapolis to perform the necessary GASB 45 audit.  The Board will look at Superintendent Brennan’s recommendation at the January 2013 Board meeting and take action.


Discussion was held on the following:  Future of the Superintendency:  have staff answer a few questions along with the general public, consider hiring a part-time person, set up a committee by mid-year, next year.  The FFA Advisory Board met in November and will be looking into setting up a trip in January and one this summer.  Gymnastics and wrestling were discussed.  Stavnes, Rogotzke, Erickson, and Rasmussen will be attending the MSBA Conference.  Moving varsity volleyball to Lamberton. 


The Board acknowledged Norm Johnson’s service on the Board of Education with a plaque and thanked him for his years of service to the District.


Upon motion of Kelsey, seconded by Erickson and unanimously carried, to set the January Board meeting on January 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Jeffers, and the February meeting on February 19th at 6:30 p.m. in Lamberton.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 6:55 p.m.



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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                                         Denise Clarke, Recorder