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Rushford-Peterson faces tough questions on new school issues


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

A substantial crowd gathered for the December 15 R-P school board meeting. The district has recently been under fire from concerns stemming from issues brought forth by the R-P Responsible Citizens group. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner



Talk moves swiftly in tight-knit communities and recent rumblings over potential problems with Rushford-Peterson’s New School Initiative, and the subsequent referendum, led more than 55 citizens to pack into the high school biology room for the December 15 R-P school board meeting. Tension was palpable in light of recent media publications and as the district sought to approve the resolution providing for the sale of general obligation bonds related to the new facility.

Maynard Thompson, representing the R-P Responsible Citizens group, the voice of those opposed to the district moving forward with the initiative, cited a desire to protect the community from the uncertainty of state contribution to the $38.1 million project. Thompson delivered a prepared statement from the group citing concern for uncertainty of state funding contribution and the protection of the community.

“We stumbled upon a glaring mistake made by the school board and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE),” Thompson began. “Both entities assumed Rushford-Peterson qualified. In meeting with state legislators, Rep. Greg Davids and Rep. Steve Drazkowski, we confirmed the law required school buildings to sustain $500,000 or more in damage, as stated in the Minnesota Statue 123B-535, Item 2. Our legislators made clear to us, that damage to equipment, grounds, and money received for hazard mitigation is not damage to the building. Unfortunately for the community, it appears [superintendent] Ehler mislead our legislators regarding actual damage to building. Our legislators were not aware a large portion of the money received was for hazard mitigation, damage to the grounds, and damage to equipment. Because Ehler overstated the damage to the building itself, it appears the legislation that was ultimately passed, set the bar too high for our district to reach. As it stands now, Mr. Ehler’s exaggerations may cost our district its qualifications for the natural disaster aid relief promised to the community.”

The school district maintains that MDE approved a Review and Comment for the project to proceed, that the legislation was written specifically for Rushford-Peterson and Moose Lake School District, and that all processes were followed correctly.

“Unfortunately, the board of education made a large mistake in this process,” Thompson continued. “They did not audit the school’s actual eligibility. They .....
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Rushford-Peterson faces tough questions on new school issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Talk moves swiftly in tight-knit communities and recent rumblings over potential problems with Rushford-Peterson’s New School Initiative, and the subsequent referendum, led more than 55 citizens to pack into the high school biology room for the ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson faces tough questions on new school issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Talk moves swiftly in tight-knit communities and recent rumblings over potential problems with Rushford-Peterson’s New School Initiative, and the subsequent referendum, led more than 55 citizens to pack into the high school biology room for the ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Schools thankful for donations

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on December 16, 2014 for a Truth in Taxation meeting at 6:30 p.m. immediately followed by a regular meeting. All board members were present. Several community members attended the Truth in Taxation meeting ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Schools thankful for donations

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on December 16, 2014 for a Truth in Taxation meeting at 6:30 p.m. immediately followed by a regular meeting. All board members were present. Several community members attended the Truth in Taxation meet ..... 
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15th annual MAT scholarships

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Minnesota Association of Townships is proud to again offer a township scholarship program for high school juniors in the state of Minnesota. Up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. The Minnesota Association of Townships is a non-profi ..... 
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Houston school board approves tax levy

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Education

By Angie Rodenburg The Houston school board held a meeting on December 16. The meeting was shorter than usual; however, the school board was able to take care of some important business. The school board approved the audit that was presented at t ..... 
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Kingsland School to use Teachers On Call service

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland (Spring Valley) school board met on December 15. Members Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Steve Tart, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and Superintendent John McDonald were present. The meeting started with a Truth in Taxation hearing at 6:15 p.m. ..... 
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Kingsland School to use Teachers On Call service

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland (Spring Valley) school board met on December 15. Members Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Steve Tart, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and Superintendent John McDonald were present. The meeting started with a Truth in Taxation hearing at 6:15 p.m. ..... 
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