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R-P board hits at board member letter


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

By Kirsten Zoellner

A March 27 open letter to a local news publication by R-P board member Taylor Peterson prompted the need for comments by nearly all board members at the April 15 regular meeting. A long-time advocate for cost savings in the district and one strongly opposed to recent proposals to build a new district facility, Peterson’s words struck a chord with the district superintendent Chuck Ehler, as well as board members Angela Colbenson, Valerie Howe, Greg Smith, and Julie Koop.

In the letter, Peterson called out the district for continuing its New School Initiative, following a defeated referendum. He noted several costs incurred by the district, including a Comprehensive Educational Analysis & Facility Engineering Analysis by the firm ATS&R, a contractual hire of Hazel Reinhardt for a demographic study of future enrollment, and monies paid towards five firms for referendum-related work. An inability to get the information from the district office was also mentioned by Peterson. The issue of biggest debate was Peterson’s choice of the word, “deceived” in reference to the district and its residents. In a full room, including Rushford Mayor Chris Hallum and councilor Mark Honsey, the board responded to the letter.

“To say we’re deceiving the public, it upsets me,” said board chair Angela Colbenson. “The door is always open. If you don’t get a question answered the first time, it’s common courtesy to come back and ask again. In the future I ask that we be careful with broad brushes of the administration and board. I also ask that we not use board members’ names. It implies that we are splitting up and tearing against each other. Yes, the community is divided about the building, but it’s not our decision. It’s a community decision. I’m looking forward to a diverse board. It invites open mindedness and unique ways of problem-solving. We all need to work together.”

“Another thing that’s unsettling, we’re hearing feedback that this may have jeopardized our chance at state funding,” Colbenson continued. “When writing open letters please speak positively about the district; we have a fantastic district.”

Superintendent Ehler also responded to the comments. “Make a reference to me if there’s an issue, not a broad statement. There needs to be mutual respect, right up front. We can agree to disagree. There also needs to be professional courte .....
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Chatfield School Board examines controversial coaching situation

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The room was packed at the Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday, April 15 as parents, students, and district staff members were in attendance to show their support for head basketball coach Tom Bance. This is after a signe ..... 
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Lanesboro athlete prepares for DownUnder Sports Competition

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Mitch Walbridge Gabe Decker is a junior at Lanesboro High School who takes his participation in athletics very seriously, particularly his involvement in the Lanesboro-Fillmore Central-Mabel-Canton track program. But this year Decker is taking t ..... 
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Kingsland presented with Patriot Award

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board held their monthly meeting on April 15, 2013 in the Kingsland conference room. All members were present with the exception of Troy Asher. Also present was Superintendent McDonald. In the first order of ..... 
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Minnesota State High School Clay Target League announces 114 trap teams

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) announced that 114 high school teams representing 195 schools and 3,400 student athletes are participating in the 2013 spring season. Led by the support of their ..... 
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SEMAC awards Arts Grants

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Education

On March 19, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 46 grants for a total of $183,305 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included twenty-three McKnight Individual ..... 
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Chatfield discusses snow day makeup

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge With snowy Mondays all throughout the month of March, area schools have delayed and cancelled classes for the safety of their students. The story was the same for Chatfield School District. But how many snow days are too many ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board looking at high school schedule changes

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Fillmore Central Principal Heath Olstad gave the school board his report during the regular meeting on March 25, and he talked about the possibility of making some changes to the daily schedule at the high school. For a while now, th ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Gym. Please use the elementary entrance. ..... 
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