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R-P rejects petition for school revote


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Education

The regular meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board, January 25, was packed with more than 50 district residents eager to see the result of a recent petition put forward. The petition, received by the district January 21, was signed by 140 voters registered in the last election, a 5% representation as is required in such a petition. It sought to halt all construction of a new $38.1 million early childhood through grade 12 school facility in Rushford, which narrowly passed in a referendum vote in December 2013 (1,112 votes to 1,023). The basis of the petition claim is that the district approved general obligation bonds using false information regarding damages from the 2007 flood and is therefore not eligible for state debt equalization aid. The petition also states that the current district facilities are adequately serving the needs of the district students.

A portion of the meeting was open to public comment. Beth Stanford, a former school board director, stated concern with the petition and the example of sportsmanship which it’s setting. Citing the steps taken by the previous board to get to the referendum, Stanford stated a vote on the best approach was taken and passed in referendum. “People need to let this move on.”

Robin Honken, a ‘Vote Yes’ campaign committee member, also spoke at the meeting and read a statement which was later released in several publications as a letter to the editor. “It’s unfortunate that we’re still here having to defend Mr. Ehler,” she began. “I’m speaking on behalf of hundreds of school supporters.”

Honken also touched on the process it took to get the vote to the point of a referendum, citing the work of the Facilties Task Force, as well as two other previous referendums, which she acknowledged were for completely different plans and were voted down. “The school board approved a new plan put forth by a community task force. I want to emphasize the importance of why we’re here today.” Honken then turned comment over to fellow ‘Vote Yes’ member Andy Prinsen.

“The R-P Concerned Citizen Group continues to throw these gifts away. All the audits and digging by the group and they’ve come up with nothing. I repeat, nothing,” he began. “We ask that the board stop the petition to hold a special election and revote. We’re not sure what’s driving the R-P Concerned Citizens Group, but it seems their goal continues to be to ins .....
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Lanesboro School prepares for Tex-Mex trip

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board met on January 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. All members were present. The agenda and minutes of the previous meeting were approved. The board member salaries were approved with no changes from last year. The officer ..... 
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Fillmore Central receives $12,000 rebate

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on January, 27 at 6:30 p.m. The agenda was approved as well as the minutes of the previous meeting. While reviewing the claims, it was noted that Preston Public Utilities refu ..... 
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Fillmore Central receives $12,000 rebate

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on January, 27 at 6:30 p.m. The agenda was approved as well as the minutes of the previous meeting. While reviewing the claims, it was noted that Preston Public Utilities refu ..... 
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Fillmore Central receives $12,000 rebate

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Fountain Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on January, 27 at 6:30 p.m. The agenda was approved as well as the minutes of the previous meeting. While reviewing the claims, it was noted that Preston Public Utilities refu ..... 
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Kingsland shares enrollment data

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Education

The Kingsland School Board met in regular session on January 20. Members Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Ann Oeltjen, Troy Asher, Doug Plaehn, and Superintendent John McDonald were present. Deb Larson was absent. The consent agenda items were passed u ..... 
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation awards $42,625 in grants

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Education

OWATONNA, MN, December 30, 2015 - Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently approved three grants totaling $42,625 to support early childhood and economic development projects within southern Minnesota. “SMIF’s Incentive Grant ..... 
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Minnesota schools support healthy eating resolutions for families

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Education

With the start of a new year, making smart food choices is a common resolution for many families. Local schools have committed to ensure healthy options are both appealing and accepting to the pickiest of palates – children. School foodservice ..... 
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AgStar accepting high school senior scholarship applications 42 scholarships for $1,000 available

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Education

Mankato, MN – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is now accepting applications for its high school senior scholarship program, which awards up to 42 students with $1,000 scholarships. Th ..... 
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