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Fillmore Central welcomes new superintendent


Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held their first meeting with new superintendent Richard Keith on July 26. Keith informed the board that he is moving to the area very soon, and will then have a chance to spend more time getting to know everyone. He has been working at the district office in Preston this summer.

To start off the meeting, a representative from MN Energy Resources presented the board with two checks totaling $5,014. There were two projects done recently at the Preston locationthat brought about energy savings for the district. Fillmore Central was part of a benchmarking project that kept track of energy efficient projects and how much energy was saved.

Principal Heath Olstad said the high school is getting ready for fall sports and the beginning of a new school year. Football camp and band camp begin on August 15, and they are working on filling open positions at both schools.

State Budget

Board member John Torgrimson asked Keith how the latest legislative decisions will affect the district in the upcoming year. Keith said the state is going with a 60/40 split, which means they will give the school districts 60 percent of their money at one time and delay 40 percent, instead of the 70/30 split they have done previously. There was also some discussion about teachers having an annual evaluation, with 35 percent of it based on test scores. The state also raised the per pupil formula $50. Kathy Whalen said that will pay the interest on the money the school borrowed in anticipation of a cut in funding. She also said she heard that the smaller a school is, the more money it will receive.

Staffing Changes

The board approved the resignation of Special Ed. paraprofessional Norma Johnson, and thanked her for her many years of service to the district. The hire of Kelly Hill was also approved for the new preschool teacher. For the new District Office Administrative Assistant, Kelly Roelofs was hired.

Athletic/Fine Arts Request

Band director Lane Powell requested funds from the Athletic/Fine Arts fund to assist four students who will be going to the state band competition. Chairperson Ross Kiehne said the last time funds were requested was in 2005, and that was also for students going to the state band competition. At that time, they gave $100 per student. It was approved the give each of these four students $100 from the fund. Olstad said Powell had also applied for a mini-grant that w .....
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Kingsland School Board approves bus route reduction for 2011-2012 school year

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board approved the reduction of bus routes in their meeting Monday, July 18.

"I would like to thank Kevin Klomps for looking at our bus routes in order to more efficiently transport our children," Superintendent John McD ..... 
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Chatfield works on budget projection

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

Despite the scorching heat, Chatfield School Board members met on Tuesday, July 19th for the regular monthly meeting in a short session. The majority of the time was delegated to Superintendent Harris and his report. Harris announced that board memb ..... 
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Eligibility meetings for Fillmore Central

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

Eligibility meetings for Minnesota State High School League activities for the 2011-2012 school year will be held at Fillmore Central High School as follows: Monday, July 25, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Please note th ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board members to meet with Lanesboro Grocery, LLC

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board had a discussion about the grocery store at their meeting on July 21. Chairman Dave Ruen said a group of people in Lanesboro are working toward the goal of getting a grocery store in Lanesboro, and they have approached the ..... 
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Lane Powell elected to board of directors for MSHSL

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Education

Lane M. Powell, Director of Bands for Fillmore Central Schools, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota State High School League and the Minnesota Music Educator's Association. The official title of MMEA Representative will ..... 
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Chatfield discusses new press box

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Education

Chatfield School Board members and school administrators met for the June 2011 meeting and discussed many items on the agenda. All board members except for Greg LaPlante were in attendance.

Discussion got underway during district patron time ..... 
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Kingsland school board approves 2011-2012 budget

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board approved the 2011-12 budget for Kingsland Public School in their meeting Monday, June 20.

Kathy Beevers, business manager, presented a detailed overview of the budget, which in spite declining enrollment, will resu ..... 
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What's next for R-P facilities?

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson school board officially accepted a report from the Joint Facilities Task Force, a group comprised of volunteer district members. The task force has been diligently plugging away at gathering information regarding the elementary ..... 
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