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Lanesboro School Board hears from Hiawatha Valley Ed. District


Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Hiawatha Valley Education District (HVED) offers special education services to several school districts in southeastern Minnesota, including Lanesboro. Simoine Bolin, one of HVED’s Special Ed. Directors, spoke to the Lanesboro School Board about the services they are receiving.

One thing HVED does is make sure the school district is following regulations and has IEPs (Individual Education Plan) in order. They also monitor state and federal money that comes in for the district.

Bolin presented the board with a list of benefits to membership, specialists and consultants they employ, programs they offer, faculty training, and some of her duties as a director.

HVED has consultants in several areas of education, including autism specialists, early childhood, speech services, behavior programs, deaf/hard of hearing, physical and occupational therapy, and traumatic brain injury, among many others. HVED provides these specialists to work where they are needed.

One of the benefits of being a member of HVED is help with data management, Sp. Ed. forms, and inventory software. They also assist with third-party billing to Medical Assistance for those students who qualify.

Bolin also spoke about WIN (What I Need), a program in Caledonia for students in grades K-6 with challenging behaviors who are unable to be successful in their home district for a short time. She also mentioned Lanesboro’s great preschool and birth to age two program and the ESY (extended school year) program.

“I’m thrilled to be your special ed. director and I would come back any time,” said Bolin.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs said HVED has helped them get money they were not able to access when they were with the Root River Ed. District, which has since disbanded.

“If we were on our own, we might not be able to spend all those dollars,” said Boggs. “We can apply those dollars to the students’ needs.”

2015 Prom

Each year for prom there is a bus that takes the kids out to eat and to the dance. The cost of the meal is included in the prom ticket. Boggs said this has been safe and worked well in the past. This year the students chose to do the same.

Board member Steve Snyder asked about the policy that if a student chooses not to eat the meal with the group for whatever reason, they are not allowed to attend the dance.
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Houston School Board discusses CAD

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Education

The Houston school board met on March 17. They began the meeting acknowledging long time employee Margie Hargrove. Hargrove has served as a special education van driver and a paraprofessional for over 20 years. “Margie Hargrove is one of those ind ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson 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 altern ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village 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 altern ..... 
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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 altern ..... 
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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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