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R-P selects architectural finalists for New School Initiative


Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The New School Initiative is gaining momentum with the district seeking architectural proposals from eight regional firms. The action comes following direction from both the community and recommendations from an in-depth study by the Joint Facilities Task Force, which shows the "Yes Campaign" the clear front-runner effort for the districts future.

Having received six proposals for the project, the school board voted Monday, October 17, to narrow the field to three regional finalists, including Armstrong Torseth Skold & Rydeen Inc. (Minneapolis), TSP (Rochester), and Wold Architects & Engineers (St. Paul). The three were chosen following careful analysis by ICS Consultants' Gary Benson and Pat Overem, as well as review and input by board representatives to the Task Force and Superintendent Chuck Ehler.

The finalists are scheduled to be interviewed by board members and district staff October 24 and 27, with a finalist chosen 7:00 pm, Thursday. Members of the Facilities Task Force will be asked to sit in on the interviews and potentially rank the finalists to assist the board's decision.

"They did the bulk of the work," noted Ehler, referring to the Task Force.

"I'd like to keep them a part of the process," added board member John Nitecki.

Also a part of the process, Ehler, Nitecki, and board member Angela Colbenson met with Representative Greg Davids recently to bolster support of the initiative. Davids was informed about district difficulties and objectives and ultimately asked for his assistance in making it as successful as possible. The district intends to meet with other legislators as it seeks state funding for the project.

The board intends to bring forth a referendum, for the construction of a new early childhood through grade 12 facility, in 2012. As it's currently written, the referendum would call for the district to borrow $8,900,000 for the purpose of supporting funds it hopes to secure through a Cooperative Facilities Grant in the amount of $20 million.

In other news, the district received a summary of its annual audit from Kimberley Hillberg of Larson Allen. According to Hillberg, the district has an effectively operating program. "You've got a good thing going here," she noted. "It's clear the bulk of your dollars are being spent in the classroom."

There were no big faults for the district, and a healthy general fund balance, but that didn't stop the board from questioning how .....
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Kingsland School Board discusses changes in property tax law

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board discussed the impact that the changes in the homestead residential market value may have on taxpayers in the school district at their meeting Monday, October 17.

The 2011 Minnesota Legislature repealed the homestea ..... 
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Fillmore Central Elementary receives grant from Preston Area community Foundation

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

Dwight Luhmann, President of the Preston Area Community Foundation, presents a $600 check to Taryn Raaen, a fifth grader at Fillmore Central. The funds were used to purchase junior size tennis rackets and low-bounce balls for the Fillmore Central El ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about reading curriculum

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

Special Education teacher Hollie Clarke spoke to the Lanesboro School Board about a curriculum that she has been using with great success called Read Well. She explained that there are three reading levels; kindergarten, first and second grade, but ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a "C" or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only 10-1 ..... 
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Financial Aid Night

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Night on Monday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. A representative from Southeast Technical College in Winona will be here with a financial aid presentation and wil ..... 
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Fillmore County schools, top to bottom

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Education

What if we compared all public schools at numerous grade levels in Fillmore County in the areas of math, reading and science? Which schools would stand out amongst their peers?

The 2011 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment was released on Sept ..... 
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Kingsland School Board approves maximum proposed levy

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board certified the maximum property tax levy for 2012 in their meeting Monday, September 19.

"We certified the maximum instead of a specific dollar amount in the event that the state has made and error or a correction n ..... 
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Fillmore Central sets preliminary levy

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board set their preliminary levy during their regular meeting on September 27. Superintendent Richard Keith said the levy, which was set at $1,621,231.60, is a 5.54 percent increase over last year. He explained the reason ..... 
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