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R-P survey questions new school initiative


Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Education



The results of a district-wide survey by the R-P school district are in. Intended to question 2,500 households on the direction of district facilities, the survey presented two options: Option one is a continuance of the new school initiative and would have the district pursue state funding for the estimated $29 million project. In this, the district would seek funding from the state for 75 percent of the cost and 25 percent in local funding. To secure this state funding, the district would need to demonstrate that the project will "streamline services for significant cost savings and reduce energy usage." The proposal will be for one district facility which would ultimately house all grades, including early childhood.

Option two would see the district continue to maintain rapidly aging facilities and begin necessary remodeling at a cost of roughly $11-12 million ($8.5 million - Rushford building, $2 million - Peterson building, $1.5 million contingency fund). There is no state funding available in this scenario, however, as the Minnesota Department of Education does not support it due to a "multitude" of statutes that are not met and can't be made compliant through remodeling.

Community education director Beth Theede, who guided the confidential survey proceedings, presented the results to the school board at the Monday, August 16th meeting. According to Theede, there were 281 responses to the survey, 82 percent (230) of which opted for continuance of the new school initiative. Twenty-one surveys were returned with only comments rather than a vote. Theede indicated the comments were from both perspectives and had a broad range, from simply writing "No" across the survey to listing suggestions and positive ideas for the district.

One hundred thirty-four of the responses were completed online. That process consisted of a four-step process which pre-empted those who may try to sway vote by voting repeatedly.

While the majority of respondents may have been behind the initiative, the 11 percent survey response rate is not particularly telling. Theede expressed to the board that there is no indicative study that correlates response rate to a majority attitude. The board will be left to interpret the results to the best of their ability.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler recommended to the board that they should not to seek a building referendum this fall during November general elections. He felt there was not enough .....
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Chatfield discusses budget cuts, raising levy

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

All members were present to discuss the upcoming operating levy proposal at the Chatfield School Board's regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Superintendent Edward Harris gave a PowerPoint presentation detailing the budget conditions ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board seeks to fill board position

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

Lanesboro Principal Brett Clark spoke to the board at the meeting on August 19 about several items. The first was to go over the high school handbook. Clark said the handbook was mostly unchanged from last year.

Board member Steve Snyder as ..... 
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Hanson graduates from Continental Auctioneer School

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Education

Continental Auctioneer Schools of Mankato, MN, announces the graduation of Jordan D. Hanson, 31252 Cty. 7, Chatfield, MN, 55923. Students received instruction in all phases of the auctioneer profession and were awarded diplomas and the "Certified Au ..... 
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Melver of Preston, receives Diamonds and Dreams scholarship

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Education

MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Twins Community Fund today announced that the Diamonds and Dreams Scholarship Program will grant $2,000 scholarships to 20 Upper Midwest youth in pursuit of post-secondary education. A ceremony to recognize rec ..... 
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Lanesboro library sponsors discussion on race

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Friends of the Lanesboro Library is hosting a discussion group with trained facilitators about the RACE Exhibit, currently on display at the Rochester Public Library. Discussion groups will meet on August 31 at 6 p.m. in the Rose Bell Memorial R ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves attempt for $300,000 referendum

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Education

At the regular meeting on July 27, the Fillmore Central School Board approved trying for a referendum levy during the election this fall. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann explained there is a current referendum of $400 per pupil unit that will be sunse ..... 
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Chatfield welcomes new superintendent

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board welcomed new superintendent of schools Edward Harris to their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 19, 2010. Harris publicly acknowledged the warm welcome he has received from the community, noting that he is "very exci ..... 
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R-P School Board moves forward

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The transition process is underway between the district and new transportation provider Ready Bus Line. According to the district, the company has met with drivers and the application and hiring process has begun, including the hiring of former, lon ..... 
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