Minutes- 2022. 4. 25

Red Oak Community School District

Meeting of the Board of Directors

Meeting Location:  Virtual Classroom/ Phone/Internet

Red Oak Junior Senior High School Campus

April 25, 2022


The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Red Oak Community School District was called to order by Vice President Jackie DeVries at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Oak Junior Senior High School Virtual Classroom.


Directors: Bret Blackman via internet due to family event, Jackie DeVries, Bryce Johnson, Kathy Walker

Superintendent Ron Lorenz, Business Manager Deb Drey, Accounts Payable Clerk Heidi Harris

Approval of Agenda

Motion by Director Walker, second by Director Johnson to approve the agenda with the order of agenda items at the discretion of the meeting chair.  Motion carried unanimously.

Good News from Red Oak Schools

Prom was successful with Kate Edie and Grayson Hewitt being crowned as queen and king.

High School vocal students participated in the Class 2A Solo/Ensemble Contest earning ten Superior Ratings, four Excellent Ratings, and two Good Ratings.

High School Choirs are preparing for their spring concert and Large Group District Contest.


The Music Boosters recently completed fundraising and grant project to purchase four-head timpani and a bass drum for the band.  Trinity LaMar performed the solo on the timpani that she earned a near perfect score on at the recent solo/ensemble contest.

Consent Agenda

Motion by Director Walker, second by Director Johnson to approve the consent agenda as presented including meeting minutes, monthly business reports, open enrollment requests, sharing agreements, other agreements, class trip requests, and personnel considerations.  Motion carried unanimously.

Specialty Underwriters Insurance Renewal

Motion by Director Walker, second by Director Johnson to approve the renewal bid from Specialty Underwriters Insurance for the FY23 in the amount of $96,423.  Motion carried unanimously.


Motion by Director Johnson, second by Director Walker to adjourn the regular meeting at 5:50 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously.


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Work Session

Vice President Jackie DeVries opened the work session at 5:50 p.m.

Potential ROECC Expansion

Laura Kloewer and Tim Werges presented information on a possible expansion at the Red Oak Early Childhood Center (ROECC).  The Montgomery County Childhood Development Center

(MCCDC) will be pursuing grants for this project. Werges expressed appreciation for the partnership between the School District and MCCDC.

Director Roger Carlson arrived at 6:06 p.m.

Infrastructure Funding Sources

Matt Gillaspie of Piper Sandler Company presented information regarding possible funding sources that the district has available at this time and the amount that can be legally borrowed.  Information was provided on the steps necessary to use each of the funding sources.

Space Limitations/Facilities Assessment and Long-Range Planning

The Board discussed a variety of facilities issues, including the space limitations at Inman Elementary, the need to replace the roof at Inman, replacing the boilers in the STEAM wing of the Jr/Sr High School, and resurfacing the track.  Building Crafts estimates it will cost approximately $2,240,000 to add 4-5 additional classrooms at Inman.  

Director Blackman left the work session at 7:18 p.m.

We are expecting a good response to our request for proposals for a comprehensive facilities assessment and long-range facilities plan. We reached out to 16 different firms across the state and met with several. Proposals are due this Friday afternoon. The Board Facilities Committee will meet in the next few weeks to select finalists who will be invited to present their proposal to the entire Board. The Board intends to act on the proposals in July.

Vice President DeVries closed the work session at 7:42 p.m.


Next Board of Directors Meeting                               Monday, May 9, 2022 – 5:30 p.m.

Virtual Classroom/Phone/Internet

                                                                                    Red Oak Junior Senior High School Campus



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Jackie DeVries, Vice President                                              Deb Drey, Board Secretary