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Houston discusses MNVA enrollment and proposed levy certification


By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on September 16. At the meeting Superintendent Krin Abraham gave an update on the facilities improvements that have been made to the school in the last several weeks. The last part of the upgrades include stainless steel pipe covers for the locker room showers. Abraham also informed the board that the new lift had been installed. She said of the updates, “They’ve done a really nice job. They are both usable and aesthetically pleasing.”

Superintendent Abraham also presented current enrollment numbers by site to the school board. Abraham reported that the MNVA is down in enrollment by 157 students as compared to last year’s October 1 enrollment figures. Houston High School is down by only two students, with the elementary school up by six from last year. Summit is down in enrollment by ten students from October 2013.

The item with the most discussion for the evening was concerning the proposed levy certification. According to Superintendent Abraham, “Last year when the Board certified the proposed levy at the maximum, the impact on taxpayers’ proposed statements was a rate of 0.775. If we (the board) would not have reduced the Local Option Revenue this year, the impact on taxpayers’ proposed statements would have been a 0.871. Since we know we are not going to levy the maximum Location Option Revenue allowed, we felt there was no reason to have proposed tax bills go out with such an inflated number.” Abraham went on to say, “The 50% Location Option Revenue selected by the Board still allows for us to possibly reduce this further in December after the Truth in Taxation hearing, but does allow for the district to benefit from the aid dollars that come with the Location Option Revenue levy dollars.” The Truth in Taxation meeting will be held in December.

The next school board meeting will be held on October 7 at 6:00 P.M. in the Houston High School library.

Lanesboro School Board discusses bus routes

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Lori Anderson approached the Lanesboro School Board about making changes to the transportation policy. The current policy regarding the bus routes is only students who live outside of a one-mile radius get picked up. Anderson wondered if the scho ..... 
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Fillmore Central projects nearing completion

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

There were multiple projects going on at both the Harmony and Preston sites of Fillmore Central Schools, and all of them are winding down as the first day of school approaches. Principal Heath Olstad said the sprinkler system at the high school h ..... 
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Fillmore Central projects nearing completion

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

There were multiple projects going on at both the Harmony and Preston sites of Fillmore Central Schools, and all of them are winding down as the first day of school approaches. Principal Heath Olstad said the sprinkler system at the high school h ..... 
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Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) announced today the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2014. THE MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 15- $600 scholarships for this ..... 
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Houston Superintendent Abraham appointed as MNVA Head of Schools

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on August 19. At the meeting, the board set a date for the Truth in Taxation meeting, which will be on December 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Houston High School library. The big discussion of the night was th ..... 
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Principal of Mabel-Canton High School resigns

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on August 19th, 2014 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the July 15, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to welcome back the staff and students of Mabe ..... 
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Chatfield School Board proclaims new referendum authority

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

At its regular August meeting on August 18, the Chatfield School Board approved a resolution authorizing new board approved referendum authority that will generate local revenue for the district. While the additional revenue will be generated locall ..... 
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