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Fillmore Central discusses Special Education services


Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Education



Fillmore Central’s Special Ed. committee met twice this month to discuss the possibility of some changes in services. Right now, Fillmore Central shares special ed. services with Kingsland Schools. Recently, Kingsland announced they were thinking of joining with SMEC (Southern Minnesota Education Consortium) for services. The concern was where this would leave Fillmore Central.

Superintendent Richard Keith said the committee discussed four options. The first option is to join the Hiawatha Valley Ed. District. The second would be to also join SMEC. The third option would be the keep things the way they are, sharing services with Kingsland, and the fourth would be to stay a single district alone.

The committee met with Kingsland and a SMEC representative with some questions about funds and staffing. According to Keith, if Fillmore Central were to join SMEC, their federal funding would become a part of SMEC and would be divided out however they decide.

Keith had some concerns about that, as the district uses federal funds to offset state tuition costs, to pay for RTI (Response to Intervention), and Connie Lindstrom’s position as driver’s training instructor.

“We also have a substantial balance that we carry over each year,” said Keith. “My concern is that it would be eaten up by SMEC and we would lose it.”

There were personnel concerns about joining SMEC as well. Keith gave the example of the current speech therapist. They could keep her on, but would bear the entire cost. If SMEC pays for those services, they would have to release her to be used at other schools as well.

The biggest concerns were about losing control of federal money and staff.

The Kingsland School Board met this week and made the decision to join SMEC on three conditions. The first was they must maintain shared services with Fillmore Central for one year. The second was that SMEC purchase services with Special Ed. Director Micki Breitsprecher so there is no change in her contract. The third condition was the ability to use their federal funds for their Reading 180 program, which is a membership to a software program that is $6,000 a year.

Board member Emily Ellis-Onsager shared her concern that SMEC will not only take control of federal funds, but will charge more for extra services. Board member Deb Ristau said if they join SMEC and then decide .....
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Chatfield School Board hears details for service trip opportunity

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board met Tuesday, February 17 in the Chatfield High School media center for their monthly regular meeting. All board members were present for the duration of the meeting. Board members include Jerry Chase (chair), F. Mike T ..... 
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Enrollment numbers up for Mabel-Canton School District

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on February 17th, 2014 at 7 pm. All board members were present. The minutes from the January 12th and 28th, 2015 meetings were reviewed and approved. Minnesota School Board Recognition Week is Februa ..... 
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Enrollment numbers up for Mabel-Canton School District

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on February 17th, 2014 at 7 pm. All board members were present. The minutes from the January 12th and 28th, 2015 meetings were reviewed and approved. Minnesota School Board Recognition Week is Februa ..... 
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Local students advance to Southeast Minnesota Final Spelling Bee

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All Education

Two Regional Spelling Bees were held on Tuesday, February 10 at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester. Seventy-six students participated in the two Regional Spelling Bees. Students from 38 districts throughout southeast Minnesota advanced ..... 
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Fillmore Central Tri-State MS Honor Band

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Education

Fillmore Central 7th and 8th grade band students were selected for the 2015 Tri-State MS Honor Band in Decorah, Iowa on Saturday, March 7. Left to right: Garrett Aggen (alto), Makenna Gatzke (percussion), Kelsey Biel (tenor), Madison Scheevel (clar ..... 
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Fillmore Central Tri-State MS Honor Band

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central 7th and 8th grade band students were selected for the 2015 Tri-State MS Honor Band in Decorah, Iowa on Saturday, March 7. Left to right: Garrett Aggen (alto), Makenna Gatzke (percussion), Kelsey Biel (tenor), Madison Scheevel (clar ..... 
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Fillmore Central Tri-State MS Honor Band

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Education

Fillmore Central 7th and 8th grade band students were selected for the 2015 Tri-State MS Honor Band in Decorah, Iowa on Saturday, March 7. Left to right: Garrett Aggen (alto), Makenna Gatzke (percussion), Kelsey Biel (tenor), Madison Scheevel (clar ..... 
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Give To The Max Day results

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The final chapter of the friendly competition between the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation for Give to the Max a Day was accomplished on Monday evening during the Fillmore Central/Kingsland boys baske ..... 
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