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Keeping Chatfield strong! A conversation about the school referendum


Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

By Ed Harris

Superintendent of Chatfield

Public Schools

Our theme for Chatfield Public Schools referendum is Chatfield Strong!

The community is growing and our schools are filled with students who continue to achieve at high levels compared to students in Minn. and neighboring districts. This is where the Chatfield Strong theme comes from. We’re a community that cares about each other, and cares about our kids. We want to keep our community strong, we want to be competitive, and we want more people to enjoy life here in Chatfield. Your commitment to keeping Chatfield Strong showed in 2008 when you approved a referendum to build our beautiful, new elementary school. It showed again in 2011 when you approved an operating levy to help us address a recurring budget deficit. And it always shows when you support our students when they perform in the arts as well as academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities. On behalf of the students and staff at Chatfield schools, thank you.

Chatfield schools

has some needs

While students are performing well, we’ve had to make some painful budget cuts due to inadequate state funding. Did you know that for more than a decade state revenue for Chatfield has only increased on average by about 1.4% per year while our expenses increase by about 3% per year despite Chatfield being an average spending district in terms of general fund expenditures per student? In 2011 when the last operating levy was passed, we made it clear that revenue needs or cuts would come around again in 3-5 years. Those projections have held true. We reduced our budget by $450,000 over the last two years. Cuts this year hurt effective programming and staff. We have nearly 30 kids in grade 5 classrooms, and may have that many in another grade or two next year as we consider up to $200,000 more in cuts unless additional revenue is found. While we have reserve funds, they will be gone in a few short years if we don’t continue to cut the budget or find new revenues to correct the present trend of budget imbalance with revenues not keeping pace with costs.

With respect to facilities, parts of our high school are nearly 60 years old. We are lacking the proper interior facilities to adequately serve educational programming and the community needs. As you approach the building from the outside you will notice rusting doors/frames, deterior .....
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Voting without fear

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

By Peggy Hanson “Why on earth would we ever consider electing a person of Muslim faith to be the leader of our country?” This is the question posed by Jason Sethre in his opinion column in the Sept. 28, 2015 issue of the Fillmore County Journa ..... 
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One Moment, Please...

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
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I hear a lot of elders talking about how the youth of today don’t know how to write in cursive. And, it appears that classes dedicated to shop (woods, electrical, and metals) and home economics (cooking and sewing) have fallen off the curriculum ..... 
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America’s growing pains

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
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Cultural and demographic shifts are an American reality. We have been and continue to be a nation of immigrants. The influx of non European immigrants over the years has made the face of America more diverse. Social evolution has lead to the legaliz ..... 
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R-P debate equalization has no legal basis

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
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Want the truth about Rushford-Peterson’s eligibility for Minnesota’s “Disaster Debt Equalization” as written in the legislation? Debt equalization is the 55% that state taxpayers are on the hook to help pay for R-P’s new school. “Sec ..... 
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One Moment, Please... A Muslim President?

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
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As this long presidential race crawls toward election day, only 410 days as of the date I am writing this commentary, the sensationalism of our national media never ceases to amaze me. At first I questioned why any journalist would pose the questi ..... 
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The anxiety of freedom of choice

By Herb Panko

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
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The 19th century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard in his The Concept of Anxiety and also in his seminal work Fear and Trembling, addresses man’s freedom to choose. His memorable quote “anxiety is the dizziness of freedom” is more applicab ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Boots & Badges progress

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
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On a daily basis, I run into people who are curious about where our team is at in the process of publishing Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans. And, in all scenarios, I share the challenges we face with publishing a weekly newspaper ..... 
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We need to look at the foundation before buying the “house”!

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
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The Donald Trump charade reminds me of a comment I heard many years ago, “If someone runs down the street wearing long red underwear and carrying a pitchfork there will be those who will follow!” Never has a candidate talked so much and said s ..... 
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