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Rushford-Peterson referendum denied


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

In the Rushford-Peterson gymnasium lobby Wednesday, voters choose whether or not to move the district’s plans of a new, $15 million Early Childhood-Grade 5 facility forward. In a margin of 993 to 658 (60.15 percent to 39.85 percent) that plan was rejected.

The plans have been part of an ongoing project by the district in its New School Initiative. Originally, the district had hoped to construct an Early Childhood-Grade 12 facility at the cost of $29 million, utilizing potential state funding for up to $20 million of that cost. When all attempts to secure outside funding for the project failed, the district shifted its plans to a phased project that would construct the elementary portion of the school first, with a proposed middle and high school in an additional five to seven years.

With the referendum for the phased project now being denied, where does the district go? Many residents that were contacted were neither disappointed nor satisfied, but rather felt “in between” or “torn” both before and after the results were tallied.

Rushford Mayor Chris Hallum, a long-time proponent of the district’s efforts, believes a new school is needed. “It’s how you go about it,” he said the morning following the vote. “I think there were two things that decided this vote. One is the tax burden. The second is that clearly people didn’t support a phased project. The wanted a complete school. The state has to come through. We need to say, ‘Hey, we tried and these are the results.’”

“I always come to the conclusion that there’s really not a right answer,” said Kendra Eide, who had a “Vote Yes” sign in her Rushford yard. “We need to do something, whether remodel or building. What’s the next step? What’s the right answer? I do know, so much effort was put into this. You have to respect them for taking charge and trying.”

Still, others were not surprised that it failed. The referendum would have relied heavily on the farmer’s within the district taxing them not only for their homestead, but for each additional acre. Still, many of them, like everyone else, were torn. “The timing was just bad for people right now,” noted Rushford farmer Richard Anderson. “My thinking is that for now, they’re just going to have to fix up the building.” Anderson was also surprised at margin of the vote. “For now it’s done with, but it’ll be back. Sooner or later .....
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Rushford-Peterson referendum denied

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

In the Rushford-Peterson gymnasium lobby Wednesday, voters choose whether or not to move the district’s plans of a new, $15 million Early Childhood-Grade 5 facility forward. In a margin of 993 to 658 (60.15 percent to 39.85 percent) that plan was ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses student safety

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central School Board discussed concerns people had brought to them about the safety of the school in light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut. Superintendent Richard Keith said he had received a few phone calls about the subje ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses student safety

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board discussed concerns people had brought to them about the safety of the school in light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut. Superintendent Richard Keith said he had received a few phone calls about the subje ..... 
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Security at Fillmore County Schools

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in All Education

The tragedy of Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14 resulting in twenty children and six Sandy Hook Elementary staff members dead has had a rippling effect across the United States, including Fillmore County. The recent sorrowful event in tha ..... 
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R-P approaches city prior to referendum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Likely the biggest topic in the community in recent days, R-P district superintendent Chuck Ehler and board representative Greg Smith addressed the city council this past Monday about the upcoming December 19 referendum vote. Along with a presentati ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson informational meeting

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools will be holding an Informational Meeting regarding the upcoming Referendum for New EC-5th Grade Building for Business Owners on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Stumpy’s Banquet Room (basement ..... 
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Fillmore Central sells facility bonds for HVAC project

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Patty Heminover of Springsted financial advisors gave the Fillmore Central School Board some great news at their regular meeting on November 27. She informed the board that the alternative facilities bonds were sold at a competitive ..... 
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FC Club isn’t “camera shy”

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

Students at Fillmore Central High School have an opportunity that most kids in the area do not, and that is the opportunity to learn more about photography, share their pictures with others, and explore their interest by joining the Photography Club ..... 
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