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R-P may catch a break with flood mitigation bill


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

The district continues to take strides to see its New School Initiative become a reality. It was announced in March that the district’s need had been recognized by the the House Finance Committee who recommended funding of the initiative to the bonding committee in the amount of $7.5 million. While that amount was far short of the $20 million in state aid they’d hoped to see, it’s a step in the right direction.

Now, through aggressive action, including that of district consultant and lobbyist Peg Larson of RCS Consulting, the district is part of a separate bill written for flood mitigation. The amount of the bill is an additional $7.5 million.

The bill is part of sixteen bonding bills, seven of which are flood related, which will be considered by the House Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee. They total over $132 million, with $69.1 million or 52.3 percent, representing flood mitigation bills.

Should the district be granted the funding, it could be applicable to either a new pre-K through 12 facility or for enhancement of existing facilities. For now, it’s more waiting for the district.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler extended his thanks to Representative Greg Davids, Representative Gene Pelowski, and Senator Jeremy Miller for being advocates for the district’s needs.

In other news, a recent inspection by the fire marshal has left the district a to-do list of projects. While the district has already taken steps to comply with the lesser finds, two other concerns will require more time and costs.

The curtains in the theatre do not meet fire code and will either need to be sprayed with a retardant or replaced. An issue that’s been mentioned before, the district already knows that replacement would come with a hefty $20,000 price tag. Superintendent Ehler is working to get cost estimates for spraying of the curtains, and it remains to be seen which route the school board will take.

In addition, a new entrance and exit to the middle school library will need to be installed, based on particular number of exits per square foot. The district intends to secure compliance of the issue, but also intends to do its own measurements for the library to verify the fire marshal’s findings.

The search for a new accounting clerk and administrative assistant continues on the heels of Karen Thompson’s recent retirement .....
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Five Knowledge Bowl teams advance to state

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Chatfield, Dover-Eyota, Houston, Northfield, and Rochester Mayo move on! The 2012 Senior High Knowledge Bowl Regionals were held on March 16 and 20, 2012, at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester. The following area teams competed after a ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves staff development program

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Education

At the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on March 26, Superintendent Richard Keith explained a staff professional development company called Editure. He had spoken to the teachers about it at a recent faculty meeting, and felt it would be benefi ..... 
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College News

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Education

President’s List •Western Technical College: Melissa Hirsch and Lacey Spalla of Mabel Dean’s List/Honor Rolls •Viterbo Unversity: Tony Becker, Jaclyn Holger, Steven Koenen, Marie Luhmann, Morgan McManimon-Myers, and Emily Zuccarelli, all o ..... 
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Kingsland School Board strategic objectives for the district

By Kevin Blanchard

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in All Education

The Kingsland School Board approved strategic objectives and district goals at their meeting Monday, March 19. The vision, mission, strategic objectives and district goals were developed through a series of strategic planning meetings. “The visi ..... 
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Chatfield School Board approves programs for 2012-2013

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

At the Chatfield School Board’s March 19 meeting several items pertaining to the 2012-2013 school year were approved. Greg LaPlante was absent. The administrative plan for Action 100 Book Challenge was approved. Superintendent Ed Harris said ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Kindergarten registration

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools will be holding Kindergarten Registration on April 13, 2012. Kindergarten registration will be conducted through one-hour registration periods. (To register for Kindergarten, your child must be five years old by September 1 ..... 
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R-P marches forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Superintendent Ehler testified before the House Finance Committee, along with board member Angela Colbenson and local businessman Brad Hoiness, February 8 and before the Senate Education Committee, along with Colbenson and board member Greg Smith, F ..... 
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Fillmore Central looking to improve technology

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met at noon on February 28. One of the main issues discussed was the future of technology in the district. A technology committee had been created to come up with some ideas for plans to do this, as well as ideas fo ..... 
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