School Board Minutes

Red Rock Central District No. 2884

Monday, December 21, 2009


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, District No. 2884, was held in the Board Room in Lamberton on Monday, December 21, 2009.  Members present were:  Bierl, Clarke, Johnson, Kelsey, Rogotzke, Stavnes, and Westerman.  Superintendent Brennan, Principal Olson, Jan Benedict, Sharon Furth, Keith Kinner, Denise Clarke, and Joe Dietl were also in attendance.


Chairman Kelsey called the meeting to order at 7:31 p.m.


Chairman Kelsey and the Board thanked Superintendent Brennan for the Christmas goodies.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Johnson and unanimously carried to approve the agenda as amended, the minutes of the November 16, 2009 meeting, and the treasurer’s report.


Principal Olson reported:  The Winter concert was a very nice event.  We thank Erv and Lorna Runck for the outstanding decorations.  One-Act play practice has begun under the leadership of Mrs. Wilmes.  Knowledge Bowl has begun practicing.  Mrs. Larson has 15 participants that will start competition in January.  Second semester scheduling is near finalization.  The new policies the Board put in place regarding detention and cell phones seem to be working well.  The Board should take a great deal of pride in the US News and World Report signifying our school as a Silver Recipient this year.  We are one out of only 11 school districts in the state to receive this honor.


The Board thanked Administration and staff at the High School and Elementary School for the work they have done to make our District successful.


Lead Teacher Riley reported as follows:  On November 25th, we had a lyceum entitled ”Science:  Laugh and Learn” presented by Robin Stevens who has been a teacher for 20 years.  His program included optical effects such as illusions and invisible colors.  He showed the children how electrical energy can flow over the human body.  We had an H1N1 flu clinic on December 2nd.  Our Christmas concert entitled “A New World Christmas,” was December 7th.  We had to say good-bye to our student teacher, Lily Applegren.  We appreciated her hard work and she will be missed.  Look for some creative Christmas writings from our students in the Lamberton News.  The classrooms have been doing art projects with a Christmas theme.  These are displayed throughout the building.  Santa will be coming to visit the preschool through 2nd graders on December 23rd.  We will be having brunch beginning at 9:35 and end our morning with caroling in the gym, led by Mrs. Dammann.  Busses will leave at 11:30 and our Christmas vacation will begin.  As I reflect on 2009, I feel very fortunate for all of the dedicated and caring staff at the Jeffers site.  There’s not one person in that building who doesn’t work hard every day so things can run smoothly.  They are very professional and very much appreciated.  I would also like to thank Dr. Brennan for his leadership and dedication to Red Rock Central.


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Keith Kinner of Kinner and Company, Ltd. presented the audit report for the 2008-2009 school year. Upon motion of Johnson, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to approve the audit as presented.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Clarke and unanimously carried, to pay claims in the amount of $76,695.20.  Receipts were $146,731.86.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to set the 2009 payable 2010 levy at $579,389.61.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Westerman and unanimously carried, to approve the hiring of Lily Applegren as Junior High Girls Basketball coach.


Upon motion of Clarke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to approve the plumbing project in the Lamberton building with work being done by Lamberton Heating & Plumbing for a cost that will not exceed $41,615.20.


Discussion was held regarding renting District property to individuals wishing to start a business, a possible upcoming referendum, Race to the Top, the government mandated Response to Intervention, and concession stands.


Chairman Kelsey called the Board into Closed Session at 8:42 p.m. to discuss a personnel issue.  Administration excluded themselves from this Closed Session.


Chairman Kelsey called the Board back from Closed Session at 9:25 p.m.


Upon motion of Clarke and seconded by Stavnes to non-renew the Football Coaching contract with Mr. Brian Walker for the 2010-2011 school year and to thank him for his years of service in the football program.  Voting yes:  5; Voting no:  2.  Motion carried.


Upon motion of Rogotzke, seconded by Stavnes and unanimously carried, to adjourn at 9:30 p.m.


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Alan J. Clarke, Clerk                                                  Denise Clarke, Recorder