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The Randolph School Board met Monday night, Oct. 18, for a relatively uneventful meeting. There were two highlights: a presentation by members of the Randolph Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter and the approval of winter sports and activities coaches for the upcoming seasons.

Three members of the FFA chapter talked about the winning of a top award at the Minnesota State Fair Livestock Exhibition this past summer. Presenting were Randolph senior and assistant officer Hannah Werner, Northfield junior and chapter reporter Ella Hegland and Randolph senior treasurer Alex Smith. The chapter took home the overall Premier Livestock Exhibitor award based on the total number of points earned in the beef, goats, sheep and swine categories, both breeding and market. It is the fourth time the chapter has won the prestigious award. 

The winter sports and activities coaches for the upcoming seasons were approved, with some minor changes. Kent Otte will be the varsity boys’ basketball head coach, assisted by Dave Nybakke and Austin Moorhouse while Bruce Smith and Jeff Ford will coach junior high boys’ basketball; Dennis Trom returns as the varsity girls’ basketball head coach with assistants Jordan Kuehn and Rio Severson and junior high girls’ basketball coach Christine Tresselt-Warren; Deanna Shellen will be the speech director and Allison Wyatt and Mike Finnegan will be co-senior high Knowledge Bowl coaches. Cory Lorenzen was approved as a volunteer basketball coach.

The board accepted the resignations of Ashleigh Lindow from her junior high girls’ basketball coaching position and Carli Shorter from her childcare lead position. They approved the hiring of Samantha Walker for that childcare lead position and Shelby Kuehn as a paraprofessional.

Superintendent Michael Kelley presented the first readings of three new policies regarding the legal status of the school district, name of the school district and a policy for complaints. 

“These are all pretty simple,” Kelley said. He said the first two might not come up but it was suggested Randolph have them. As for the third about complaints:

“So basically what this one does, it talks about how if there was a complaint or concern, how we would investigate and basically the administration would decide the nature of how it would be handled,” Kelley added. “It gives us some legal flexibility and authority to make decisions on certain things when it comes to complaints.”

Quick hits

  • A resolution was passed that allows the school board to have a combined polling place fof several precincts for school district elections that are not held on the day of a statewide election.

  • The board accepted the following donations: $6,000 from First Farmers & Merchants Bank for the north gym scoreboard addition; $6,000 from the Randolph Booster Club for the north gym scoreboard addition; $441 from the Randolph Foundation for startup for the Post Prom Fund Feed; and $1,250 from Matt Otte for 25 cases of 500 Dixie paper plates. 

  • Assistant principal/activities director Aaron Soule said that the Dig Pink fundraising total is now over $35,000, significantly eclipsing Randolph’s previous record of $27,000-$28,000.

  • The equipment for the renovated playground was on back-order and will not arrive until November.

  • Randolph Railroad Days is this weekend, October 23-24, in both of the school’s gymnasiums. 

  • The board will go over the fiscal year 2021 audit at its next meeting on November 15.

  • Kate Esser and the Randolph Yearbook program received the Yearbook Program of Excellence Award for the second year in a row. Only two out of 98 schools participating in Minnesota received the award.

  • The district will be purchasing three vans.

  • The Personnel Committee met prior to the board meeting and discussed ideas for the open junior high basketball positions, the on-going search for bus drivers and low numbers in the dance program.

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