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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board met Monday, March 15 and once again debated issues raised at previous meetings. At the February meeting, a summary by ATS&R architect Dean Beeninga on the New School Initiative prompted some discussion of an alternative site for the new facility on a lower parcel owned by the school district. That 17 acre parcel, east of the athletic complex, would require additional soil to bring it to a buildable level. Early calculations by Tim Roberston, of ICS Consulting, indicated approximately 116,000 cubic yards of fill, at a cost of $26 per cubic foot, or roughly $3 million, would be required for feasibility of the site. Soil borings on the site have not been done due to cost. At the time, ICS Consulting determined further exploration of the site was necessary due to cost and availability of the originally-designated parcel, north of Eiken Drive.

Board Director Jon Pettit, prompted by concerns of district residents, called for the district to investigate further into land usage of the lower parcel. Pettit specifically questioned comments which stated review of the parcel determined soil alterations were “not a good value” to the district. Additionally noted by Pettit was a conversation with Fillmore County Commissioner Randy Dahl regarding costs of land alterations in an adjacent subdivision. Pettit stated land alterations removing 23 feet of soil from the Tyrol Hills subdivision prior to development cost the developer $112,000, according to Pettit. He estimated in today’s market, that cost would be approximately $300,000. “Between $300,000 and $3 million – that’s a tremendous difference,” added Pettit. “I think there’s more to look into. It was brought up by the Design Team. I think he gave the answer he wanted to give and inflated it tremendously.”

Board Director Taylor Peterson agreed, citing a conversation with which brought to light the county currently paying $8 per cubic foot for sand fill. “If he’s inflating sand that much, what else is he inflating?”

Present at the meeting via Skype, Board Director Dean Mierau added, “With the current model, there’s no incentive for the cost to be less. What we’re up against is not really looking at cost savings.” What is unclear, however, is whether or not the cost estimate of $26 per cubic foot including additional work such as borings, permitting, and labor. The project would require the use of state and fede .....
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Kingsland K-6 school year starts with two Pre-Assessment Days

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

March 16, the Kingsland School Board met in regular session. In attendance were Doug Plaehn, Ann Oeltjen, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Deb Larson, and Superintendent John McDonald. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the ..... 
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Kingsland K-6 school year starts with two Pre-Assessment Days

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Education

March 16, the Kingsland School Board met in regular session. In attendance were Doug Plaehn, Ann Oeltjen, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Deb Larson, and Superintendent John McDonald. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of th ..... 
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Mabel-Canton to update school’s boiler system

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met for their regular meeting on March 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the February 17th, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved by the board with only one minor change. ..... 
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Mabel-Canton to update school’s boiler system

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met for their regular meeting on March 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the February 17th, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved by the board with only one minor change. ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Education

Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up meeting and visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. The Fillmore Central Elementary School will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation fo ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Education

Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up meeting and visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. The Fillmore Central Elementary School will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation fo ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up meeting and visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. The Fillmore Central Elementary School will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation fo ..... 
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Senator Miller and Senator Nelson meeting with Chatfield FFA

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

ST. PAUL – Senator Miller and Senator Nelson met with a group of students involved in Chatfield’s FFA program. Southeastern Minn. has a proud tradition of supporting our FFA organizations and they had a strong showing at the Capitol.
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