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Kingsland applies for flexible learning year


Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

The November meeting for the Kingsland Public Schools took place on Nov. 15 with all board members present. The board members were presented with a summary of their 09-10 audit. Amanda Clark of Larson Allen LLP, presented their internal audit summary which she described as clean, overall. According to Clark, Kingsland had very few findings in their accounts, with those found very common among other schools and businesses. Financially, the school's unreserved fund balance has increased by around $450,000. Despite 72.8% of their general fund being influenced by state funding that has proved to be restrictive the past few years, Kingsland, according to Clark, has managed their accounts very well. Kingsland has lost $900,000 since 2006 with 150 less students in their enrollment and has faced a budget deficit that was enhanced by the large school construction project in 2008. This shortfall will begin to be alleviated by an estimated $500,000 in federal stimulus money that Kathy Beevers, Kingsland Business Manager said would be coming in. Beevers also reported that enrollment numbers have been identical from October to November, but that she sees growth in the future. She also commented that Kingsland can now host their own special education dollars which would give them more flexibility in how they spend that money.

Supt. McDonald expressed gratitude towards the community in the passage of their new $700 operating levy that will bring in an additional $331,000 to what their current $300 levy already does. This new levy will go into effect for the next fiscal year and be effective for t he next nine years. McDonald commended the school board on their work in getting the word out and again praised the community effort in being the only school in the county to more than double their operating levy.

John Dols of the maintenance department brought forward to the school board bids for the middle school roof repair, a boiler retubing project, and a communications upgrade for the entire district. The board approved the low bid from Meisner Roofing for $11,500 and the low bid from L&M Boiler Systems for $12,800. The communications upgrade, as Dols explained could take place under one of two plans. The first plan would cost the school district more money now as the upgrade would include new equipment and an FCC license that meet new compliance standards. The second plan would cost less over the short term, but would meet obstacles in meeting compliance .....
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Lanesboro School Board revisits bullying issue

Fri, Nov 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

After a short meeting of the Lanesboro School Board on November 16, Karen and Terry Neneman spoke out about the bullying that her daughter recently received. Karen read a statement she had prepared, and gave the board members a separate document tha ..... 
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Fillmore Central preps for referendum

Tue, Nov 2nd, 2010
Posted in Education

During the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on October 27, board member Craig Britton spoke about the things that the referendum committee have been working on to promote voting for the referendum.

After the board meeting that evening, ..... 
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Enrollment: up or down?

Tue, Nov 2nd, 2010
Posted in Education

With the October 1 data submission deadline passing, the Minnesota Department of Education has collected enrollment figures from public schools around the state. Unfortunately, data posted to the MDE website is always six to 12 months behind, so enr ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Foundation seeks board members

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Schools will be working with the Preston Area Foundation on establishing a school foundation. We are looking for a founding group to develop a plan to organize and launch the school foundation. The group will be considered the board ..... 
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Fillmore Central mini grant program

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

A "mini grant" program has been continued for the fifteenth straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District.

Grants of up to $500 eac ..... 
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Lanesboro School District discusses referendum

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Certified public accountant Pam Ristau was at the Lanesboro School Board meeting on October 19 to give a report of her recent audit for 2009-2010.

Ristau said the general fund unreserved or undesignated fund balance increased by $251,847. Th ..... 
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R-P approves new school consulting proposal

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson school board voted Monday, October 18th, to approve a proposal from ICS Consulting, Inc., of Mounds View, to assist the district with the New School Initiative. The firm offers planning for all areas of project development and ..... 
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Chatfield School Board allots time for cell phones

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

The regular monthly Chatfield School Board meeting took place on Tuesday, October 18th, at the high school media center. Preceding the regular meeting was a public referendum informational meeting that was open to the public. The meeting was to info ..... 
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