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R-P continues working towards new elementary facility


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

At the September 17 board meeting, Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, and Gary Benson, of ICS Consulting, were on hand with updates on the proposed early childhood through grade 5 facility. A “Review and Comment,” required by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), was submitted by Benson earlier in the month. Superintendent Chuck Ehler was confident that it would be expedited by the MDE quickly, so the district may proceed with plans for a building referendum December 19.

Potential tax impact amounts have been calculated for the $15 million project at 20, 25, and 30-year variables and will be a key area of the campaign leading up to the referendum vote. A proposed floor plan, as well as the timeline for the scheduled referendum, was also presented.

The Facilities Committee, including board members Kathie Ingram, John Nitecki, and Dan Munson will meet Monday, October 8, at 5:00pm to discuss the project.

The district has long sought various funding for their New School Initiative, some of it out of the norm, including $7.5 million through a Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) grant aimed at business development. Recently, the district received word it would not be given consideration for its DEED grant application. Still there’s always hope.

An interest in the school’s struggles by the Ellen DeGeneres Show has many in community crossing their fingers once again. Somehow the show received word of the district’s difficulty in securing funding for the project and both emails and local conversation about it has been a hot topic. Apparently, the show has historically helped other districts and many in the community are aiming to bring enough of the show’s attention to the initiative that they may also get support. They are encouraging people to log onto the show’s website, www.ellentv.com, and leave up to a 1,500-word comment about how the school might benefit the community.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is Monday, October 15, at 5:30pm, in the high school biology room. The public is encouraged to attend.

College News

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Education

President’s List Western Technical College: Ralph Schneekloth and Lacey Spalla of Mabel; Michael Kenitz of Rushford; and Anastassia Novikova of Spring Grove Graduations Western Technical College: Hannah Hall of Canton in the Emergency Medical T ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves winter coaches

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

Coaches for winter sports were approved at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on September 25, 2012. Athletic Director Chris Mensink informed the board of the choices and the numbers for each sport. According to Mensink, there are 53 boys ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves winter coaches

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Education

Coaches for winter sports were approved at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on September 25, 2012. Athletic Director Chris Mensink informed the board of the choices and the numbers for each sport. According to Mensink, there are 53 boys ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Homecoming 2012

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2012 the week of October 1-6. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly October 2 at 2:30pm in the High School gymnasium. Parents and the ..... 
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SMIF receives $150,000 from the McKnight Foundation for early childhood

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Education

OWATONNA--The Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative, which includes Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), received a three-year grant of $900,000 in continuing support for this 10-year-old collaborative effort of the Minnesota Initiative F ..... 
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Harmony Veterinary Clinic supports Fillmore Central and Lanesboro

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Education

Harmony Veterinary Clinic supports Fillmore Central and Lanesboro FFA Chapters The Harmony Vet Clinic recently donated $418.00 to each of the Fillmore Central and Lanesboro High School FFA chapters. The FFA teaches our youth invaluable leadersh ..... 
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Chatfield school year off to a good start

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

With another school year back in session, Chatfield School Board members met on September 17 to see how students are approaching the new academic year. Both Principals Craig Ihrke and Randy Paulson were present to give insight. Irhke and Paulson ha ..... 
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Kingsland happy with the start of new school year

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland School Board held its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. Superintendent McDonald was present. All School Board members were present except Steve Tart. Consent agenda items were reviewed and accepte ..... 
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