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Kingsland School District receives $15,000 Early Childhood Grant from SMIF


Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Superintendent John McDonald announced that the Kingsland School district received a $15,000 early childhood grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) for pre-school, school-aged child care and kindergarten programs at the school board meeting Monday, November 21.

Chris Howard, School-aged Child Care Coordinator, wrote the grant and was at the meeting to present the board with the check from SMIF.

"This grant will allow us to look for new ways to collaborate between our pre-school, school-aged child care, and kindergarten programs," Howard said. "We have been looking for ways to improve our programs, but we did not have the funds to acquire new curriculum."

"A good example of how we can improve the collaboration in our programs is phonics," she said. "The pre-school/school-aged child care and kindergarten programs teach two different methods for learning phonics."

"It makes more sense that we spend two years teaching the same phonics program that will be used in kindergarten," she said. "We are implementing change to make our programs more cohesive to prepare our students for kindergarten."

Howard plans on purchasing classroom supplies, curriculum and equipment with the grant money. "We are looking into what will be the best use of the money, what will have the best impact on our programs," she said.

The SMIF works with communities and organizations that commit to collaboration in early childhood education. They support educators and others as they find creative ways to make things better for children and their families. For more information about SMIF, go to www.smifoundation.org.

The next school board meeting will be Monday, December 19 at 7 p.m. in the district conference room. The board meeting will be preceded by a Truth in Taxation hearing for 2011 Pay 2012 Levy to be held at 6:30 p.m.

R-P selects architectural firm and consultant

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Following a review process that included the school board, administration and the volunteer members of the Facilities Task Force, the district has decided to move its New School Initiative forward with the architectural firm of ATS&R, of Minneapolis ..... 
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Fillmore Central hears audit report for 2010-2011

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

At the regular board meeting on November 22, Fillmore Central received the audit report from Steve Salveson of Smith Schafer and Associates.

Salveson went over the revenues and expenditures for different areas of the budget from 2010-2011. ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board focuses on 2010-2011 audit report

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Lanesboro school board members met on November 22, 2011, for the monthly November meeting. The monthly meeting focused on the district's 2010-2011 audit report and a presentation by high school and elementary administrators regarding the district's ..... 
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Fillmore County Schools pass referendums

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Education

Two schools in Fillmore County, Mabel-Canton and Chatfield, had questions on the election ballot November 8 about referendums. They left it up to the voters to decide the fate of their financial future, and the voters were considerate enough to help ..... 
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SMIF awards $95,000 in grants

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently announced an award of $15,000 to the Kingsland Early Childhood Program (communities of Spring Valley and Wykoff) for its Preparing Children for Kindergarten through Collaboration project. The ..... 
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Two Lanesboro youth nominated as Minnesota Ambassadors of Music travel to Europe July, 2012

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Kirsten Ruen and Megan Kiehne, two juniors at Lanesboro High School, have the opportunity of a lifetime! They have been nominated to serve as Minnesota Ambassadors of Music and travel abroad next July 2012. Every two years, this association takes a ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson conferences

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Parent-Teacher Conferences for grades K-12 of the Rushford-Peterson Schools will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 4:00-7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, November 17 from 4:00-7:30 p.m.

Conferences for all grades; elementary, middle, and high sc ..... 
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School board hears about Fillmore Central's Ag in Motion trip

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Education

During the regular meeting on October 25, the Fillmore Central School Board was treated to a presentation by two students who attended the Ag in Motion trip this past summer. Dan and Theresa Doerr spoke about the trip and gave a power point presenta ..... 
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