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Fillmore Central discusses technology needs


Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Fillmore Central’s technology committee met recently to further discuss options for offering more technology to the students. Superintendent Richard Keith and board member Jim Love spoke to the board at the regular meeting on April 24.

“We discussed more specifics about what to put in the schools,” said Keith. “We looked at the short term and the long term, and the funding.”

According to Keith, they are looking at getting iPads for the elementary students, around five or six for each class. They would also like to get one or two carts with MacBook Air laptops for the high school students. This plan is just the first phase of the project.

Keith added that they would probably need a full-time technology director instead of part time like they have now. There would also need to be training for staff.

Love said the estimated cost for 30 iPads, 30 computers, printers, four Smart Boards, 30 MacBook Airs for the high school, and 20 laptops for staff is around $127,000.

“That’s the minimum we would like to do to get things started,” said Love.

Board member John Torgrimson suggested they look at the option of a technology referendum. Shelly Topness was worried the taxpayers would not approve.

“I think we’ve been generous to the taxpayers these last few years,” said Torgrimson. “I think it’s something we should be really committed to. It’s something critical for the educational needs of our kids.” He added that if the district doesn’t go this route, there will be another set of challenges, such as not offering the students what other districts are offering.

“I think it’s where we need to funnel our excess dollars,” said Love.

The goal is to have a plan in place for the next school year, and to come up with some funding ideas for the future.

High School Scheduling

Principal Heath Olstad spoke to the board about a possible new schedule for the high school next year. He has been looking at options for offering math and English classes all year instead of just one semester. They would also like to keep the four-period block schedule.

One idea he mentioned was adding a sixth period four days a week that would rotate. That would mean teachers would not have a prep hour on those days, and would be working an overload. They would have to come up with a memo of u .....
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Lanesboro School Board looking at improving technology

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board heard from High School Principal Brett Clarke at their meeting on April 19. Clarke was excited to share with them something the school had been talking about for years. With him he had two different netbook computers that ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses Action 100

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members had a busy night on April 16 as the group met for its regular monthly meeting. A main focus during the meeting was discussion on reading curriculum instructional development as new initiatives are being formulated for ..... 
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Local student selected for scholarship

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Education

(ST. PAUL, MN)—Fillmore County Commissioner Duane Bakke, Past President of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC), selected Samantha Kiehne, a Fillmore Central High School Senior, to receive the $1500 AMC Student Scholarship during AMC’s Le ..... 
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R-P may catch a break with flood mitigation bill

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Peterson 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 bo ..... 
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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 bo ..... 
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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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