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R-P rescinds resolution to Department of Education


Fri, Sep 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

As a result of feedback from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the district has rescinded its resolution to move forward with the bonding referendum February 12, 2012. According to Superintendent Chuck Ehler, the MDE, in looking at the district's request, finds it not feasible to ask for bonding dollars when it's unknown how much the facility will actually cost. The district had originally passed a resolution asking for the full allowance of $20 million of a Cooperative Facilities Facilities Grant.

"Not to put a damper on anything, we all like to see the glass half full, it is going to be a process that you can't give up on," stressed Ehler. "For now, we sit back and wait. While it might seem like putting the cart before the horse, it's time to put it out there so people can conceptualize. A picture's worth a thousand words."

The next step for the district, a planning, pre-design, and referendum phase will cost an estimated $18,700, according to ICS Consulting, with whom the district has worked with for some time on the New School Initiative. A request for proposal will be submitted to eight firms, with proposals due by October 11 at 2 p.m. There are specific details to be followed, including a timeline. The district expects seeking approval for an architectural firm at the November board meeting, with a December 5 start for the selected firm.

"Twenty-nine million is a rough figure," said Ehler. "We need a starting point; we can always reduce costs of the final project. We need to be extremely careful, and process it properly."

"The structure and design of schools have changed," added board member Roger Metz. "With technology evolving, we're going to see some changes taking place. We could become the community that's building the school of the future." Metz also stressed the importance of keeping the community informed and involved in the process.

As for the current facility, the Facilities Committee met with Gary Benson of ICS Consulting September 9 to discuss the potential reuse and repurposing of the elementary/high school buildings, should district voters successfully pass a referendum for a new pre-K-12 facility in 2012.

"There's a real interest on behalf of community to see this building repurposed," said Ehler. The district is currently working with the City of Rushford, Tammy Lindberg of Linberg Consulting, and architect David Kane, of Kane and Johnson Architects, Inc. to develop potential .....
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Chatfield school year off to successful start

Fri, Sep 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

Chatfield School Board members had a busy meeting discussing the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, September 19, 2011. All members were in attendance for the regular meeting.

Superintendent Harris stated that the beginning of ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools Mini Grant Program

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
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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Fillmore Central Band honored

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Schools 7-8th Grade Concert Band has been selected to perform at the 2012 Minnesota Music Educator's MidWinter Clinic in downtown Minneapolis. The preliminary schedule for the band's performance is Friday, February 17 at approxi ..... 
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Chatfield gets ready for new school year

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Chatfield Public School system is gearing up for another school year in the coming weeks. School board members met on Monday, August 22 for the final meeting before the 2011-2012 school year begins.

Recently, the district has been worki ..... 
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Fillmore Central implementing Response to Intervention program

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central's Special Education Director Micki Breitsprecher spoke to the school board recently about the Response to Intervention (RtI) program. The program is designed to help kids who are considered "at risk" for math and reading problems. T ..... 
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Technology will play a key role in Kingsland Schools this fall

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board approved decisions in their meeting Monday, August 15 that will have technology playing a key role in the 2011-12 school year.

The board approved the purchase of VBrick technology software and server. "This is a one ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board revisits grocery store issue

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Education

There will be a public hearing on September 15 after the regular Lanesboro School Board meeting at 7 pm. The board will be listening to the community's input on the possibility of the school investing in a grocery store for Lanesboro.

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R-P begins "Yes Campaign" for facility referendum

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Education

Following direction from both the community and the Joint Facilities Task Force, the board intends to bring forth a referendum for the construction of a new early childhood through grade 12 facility to be located adjacent to the Ben Niggle Sports Co ..... 
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