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The Randolph School Board met on Monday, Sept. 20, at the school for what was a routine meeting. The board unanimously adopted the meeting’s agenda and approved the consent agenda -- minutes from the last meeting and the August 2021 financial reports -- before welcoming new faculty and staff members with a meet and greet. The new faculty/staff members present were Salena Abram-Weselenak, Alli Otte and Elliott Mann.

From there they quickly moved through and approved the abbreviated agenda below:

  • They accepted donations from the Minnesota Army National Guard (desk calendars for all staff); $500 to the Randolph football team from Ryan and Nicole McNamara; $50 for elementary Chromebooks from Keith Schroeder In Memory of Robert Lee; $100 for elementary Chromebooks from Tom and Mary Duff, In Memory of Robert Lee; $250 for elementary Chromebooks from Kelly and Amanda Walker; and paperclips, pens, pocket folders and 3-ring binders for all staff from Bryan McCoy. 

  • Unanimously approved student activity dues for 2021-2022, which were: $25 for Art Club; $30 for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; $1 for Science Club; $10 for National Honor Society; $5 for class dues grades K-12; $75 for Fall Clay Target League and $125 for Spring Clay Target League. Assistant High School Principal/Activities Director Aaron Soule noted that those are the numbers right now for Fall and Spring Clay Target, but those could go down due to fundraising.

  • Language changes/revisions as recommended by the legal team to four school policies were unanimously approved. The four policies were 102-Equal Education Policy, 406-Public and Private Personnel Data Policy, 413-Harassment and Violence Policy, and 501-School Weapons Policy.

  • Certification of the levy to the maximum was unanimously approved. It is reported to the county and Minnesota Department of Education, but adjustments can still be made before a public hearing is held in December and the levy is finalized.

  • Superintendent Michael Kelley reported that K-12 enrollment is 768 this year, an increase of 61 students from last year at this point. Preschool has increased from 46 to 61 this year, which Kelley said is a solid number. He also mentioned they are considering expanding the special education program. Gary Moorhouse added that enrollment has increased 200 students over the last 10 years and half of that since the 2017-2018 school year.

  • At the end of the meeting, the board approved the resignations of Meghin Moen from her paraprofessional position and Chris Woodcock from his boys’ assistant basketball coach position. They approved the hiring of Liz Cormican in the Community Education Department, Chrissy Alexander and Joannie Jacobson as paraprofessionals, Christine Stehr and Julie Felton in the Foodservice Department and Al Cooreman as a part-time door monitor/van driver. They also increased Elliott Mann’s contract to 1 F.T.E and changed Lisa Jenrich’s from paraprofessional to foodservice. 

From there the board moved on to administrative reports. Below are the highlights:

  • Title One Open House is October 13 with more information for parents to come on the school’s website.

  • Railroad Days is October 23-24 and both gyms will be full of vendors.

  • The new playground will be installed in mid-October and will result in a shutdown of the playground for about two weeks.

  • A record 17 students are in Career and Technical Education programs this year. 

  • The Booster Club and First Farmers & Merchants Bank donated to put up side panels on the North Gym scoreboard that can be used to display who is in the game and a variety of stats for different sports. Looking at mid-January for installation.

  • All of the Randolph sports teams use Hudl for film and film breakdown. A Hudl Focus -- a box with four cameras that is mounted on the gym wall that films games -- is going to be installed to film all the games without needing someone to control the camera. Will also allow them to Livestream the games for free on YouTube via the Rocket Athletics channel.

  • Homecoming is the week of October 4, Dig Pink will be October 7 and coronation will be during the pep fest on October 8 followed by the football game and dance.

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