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Bid award for R-P School draws large crowd, further debate


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

As expected, the Monday, September 28 special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board drew in more than 60 residents, including a dozen children with their parents. The meeting was set to review bids for the construction of the new early childhood through grade 12 facility and award the contract.

Following call to order and roll call, Board Director Taylor Peterson asked if a time for public comment could be added to the agenda. Superintendent Chuck Ehler advised the board that while not traditionally done in the past at special meetings, the board was within its rights to do so. While allowable, Ehler added the stipulation that all comments be in reference to the bid award or bid process. The motion was seconded, but was defeated in a roll call vote 4:3 with Directors Peterson, Dean Mierau, and Jon Pettit opposed.

Board Directors Joyce Iverson and Mierau joined the meeting via Skype and Mierau also joined by speakerphone at one point. There were ongoing communication issues during the meeting.

As the meeting agenda was adopted resident Jon Peterson, a vocal opponent of the new school initiative, spoke out. “You don’t want to listen to nobody,” said Peterson. “You’ve been given four questions for the last month and a half and you haven’t answered any of them. You owe it to the people of this district to answer [sic] them questions.” Chairman John Linder responded that it was a public meeting, not forum.

“[expletive] You’re ramming this stuff down our throats now you tell us. Answer the questions,” stated Peterson.

A verbal scuffle then broke out between Peterson and resident Matt Helgemoe with residents Andy Prinsen and Stan Gudmundson chiming in, while Linder attempted to bring the meeting under control. The heated back and forth debate continued for several minutes. Director Taylor Peterson then asked to speak. Director Val Howe interjected, citing the first star of the five stars of the elementary; respect.

“You’ve got questions that haven’t been answered from day one,” said Director Peterson. “You won’t answer them. You’re scared to answer them.”

“There are answers that are not being accepted as well, Taylor,” added Board Director Julie Koop. The adoption of the agenda continued and the meeting moved to review of the bids.

Six bids were received for the project. Bidders were: Benike Construction ( .....
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Lawsuit started against Rushford-Peterson School District

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

While some in the valley community are gearing up for bid opening and ground breaking for the new school facility, others are digging in their heels to protest the process that’s led to this point, as well as what is believed as infringement upon ..... 
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Lawsuit started against Rushford-Peterson School District

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

While some in the valley community are gearing up for bid opening and ground breaking for the new school facility, others are digging in their heels to protest the process that’s led to this point, as well as what is believed as infringement upon ..... 
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Lawsuit started against Rushford-Peterson School District

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

While some in the valley community are gearing up for bid opening and ground breaking for the new school facility, others are digging in their heels to protest the process that’s led to this point, as well as what is believed as infringement upon ..... 
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Kingsland eyes single site plan in Spring Valley

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met in regular session on September 22. Members present were Kristin Beck, Ann Oeltjen, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and Troy Asher. Superintendent McDonald gave a presentation to the board regarding information discussed ..... 
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Kingsland eyes single site plan in Spring Valley

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met in regular session on September 22. Members present were Kristin Beck, Ann Oeltjen, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and Troy Asher. Superintendent McDonald gave a presentation to the board regarding information discussed ..... 
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Houston School Board reviews plans, projects, and power outages

By Beth McManimon

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board met September 15. Kevin Kelleher was absent, and there was no public commentary. Board member Michaeleen Bonner had questions about some of the bills to be paid, including a $4,000 bill for wiring the high school library. ..... 
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Mabel-Canton high school ranked as Reward school

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton school board met on September 15 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. They extended congratulations to the student athletes for the great fall season. They also welcomed the students and staff back to school for the 2015-16 sch ..... 
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Mabel-Canton high school ranked as Reward school

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton school board met on September 15 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. They extended congratulations to the student athletes for the great fall season. They also welcomed the students and staff back to school for the 2015-16 sch ..... 
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