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Kingsland awarded $65,000 state grant for Project Lead The Way


Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Education



The January 17 regular school board meeting for the Kingsland School District had all members, including new members Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, and Steve Tart, attending. The Kingsland School District was informed during this meeting that they would be the recipients of a $65,000 state grant to begin implementing new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum into both the middle and high schools for the 2011-2012 school year and beyond. The new curriculum will come specifically through Project Lead The Way (PLTW), which is a national education program geared to essentially lay a foundation from which many future engineers and innovators will spring. Informing the board members about what PLTW will do for their school was Jim Mecklenburg, PLTW program director for the Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence. It was he who informed the board that they would be receiving the grant.

Mecklenburg commended the board for a thorough and complete application that determined which schools would receive the grant. He then explained, through a PowerPoint presentation, why PLTW is so important. According to statistics Mecklenburg had compiled, Minnesota has a declining work force: specifically 1.3 million jobs, many of which are concentrated in the manufacturing sector. Because of this, Mecklenburg stressed, it is up to schools to lay the groundwork necessary so that an increasing number of students will fill those vacated jobs and create new ones as well. This, he also stressed, will make America a much more competitive manufacturing and innovative power in the world. Mecklenburg also stated that PLTW is not just a school-based and school-run education system; it needs both higher education and business partnerships in order to thrive and effectively meet its potential for the students participating. Mecklenburg again commended Kingsland on securing this opportunity for their district and for possibly starting a trend among schools in the surrounding area.

The Flexible Learning Year (FLY) and committing to an application with other local schools was also discussed at the board meeting. Supt. John McDonald shared that in order to make an informed decision as to whether Kingland should join in on the application, they need public input. Meetings were set for Jan. 27 at Kingsland High School, Jan. 31 at the Kingsland Middle School cafeteria in Wykoff, and on Feb. 17 at the Kingsland High School District Con .....
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Fillmore Central begins Superintendent Search

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Education

More discussion about the Flexible Learning Year took place at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 25.

The board set up the three public meetings they need to have by the middle of March. The first one will be February 9 at ..... 
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New year housekeeping dominates school board agenda

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board members spent most of their January 20 meeting doing routine organizational business. Newly elected Lolly Melander took the oath of office from Chairperson Dave Ruen.

Board member salaries remained unchanged. Dave ..... 
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Flexible Learning Year meetings in Chatfield

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, the Chatfield School Board met for two meetings. The first, beginning at 6:15 p.m., was an informational meeting for the public on a proposed program called Flexible Learning Year. The second was the regular monthly boa ..... 
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R-P looks to possible collaborative effort

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



Despite wintery weather, the R-P school board forged ahead at the Monday, December 20th, meeting with Superintendent Chuck Ehler presenting an update regarding an initiative for a Flexible Learning Calendar.

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Fillmore Central seeks to improve math scores

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann gave the school board a presentation giving them more information about the Flexible Learning Year program.

Several schools in southwest Minnesota have combined to make a consortium, an ..... 
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Chatfield approves use of cell phones during lunch

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



After winter weather delayed the Chatfield School Board meeting from Monday, December 20th, to Tuesday, December 21st, the agenda was completed with three of the five board members present. Kathy Schellhammer took the oath of office as she b ..... 
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School board issues letter to the newspapers

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Education

The bullying issues that have plagued Lanesboro schools recently were discussed during the school board meeting on December 16.

Chair person Dave Lawstuen said he had drafted an open letter to parents and patrons regarding the recent articl ..... 
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Discussion of bullying at Lanesboro School dominates council meeting

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Education

Frustrated parents addressed the Lanesboro City Council on December 6 over what they consider a lack of adequate response to their complaints of bullying at school aimed at their children.

A letter from Stuart and Amy Dyreson addressed to th ..... 
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