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Kingsland torn over budget


Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

It was very clear that the Kingsland School Board wished there were other solutions to the problems associated with budget cuts and the hiring of administrative staff because of recent resignations. First, the principal and then the superintendent.

The board has been wrestling with these issues for several months now and members knew that some decisions had to be made immediately. The emotions ran high and members were torn between saving programs, hiring administration and presenting a balanced budget.

The first issue presented was the advertising for a replacement for Superintendent Darrin Strosahl. He had announced a few weeks ago that he was leaving and his resignation was accepted without comment by the board last night. There were thoughts from members to "wait for the next superintendent to look at changes in the administrative staff." Members revisited the options that have been discussed at several meetings and hoped for a solution that would pull them out of this issue that has generated so much emotion and indecision.

It was finally agreed that they would advertise for a full time superintendent and set the application deadline April 23rd at 3:00 p.m. They also decided to do the advertising with the assistance of the Minnesota School Board Association. They have a program costing $850 where they will come into the school and train the members on interview techniques, etc. Previously, the board had used the services of ADM, a private consulting company. That cost would be $5,000 plus expenses not to exceed $1,500. It was felt that in tight money times like this it would be better to accomplish this without a consultant. Board Chair Mitch Lentz said that many districts in the area have opted to do this themselves and they can learn from them.

It was also approved unanimously by the board to proceed with the principal-superintendent-dean structuring.

Clearly the board wanted the current administration to bring back recommendations on the cuts that will be needed to balance the budget. This would include the suggestions on the current shortfall of $70,000 and the expected cuts from the state that could possibly be 5 percent or $200,000. These cuts will be discussed at another workshop on Wednesday the 7th of April.

Superintendent Strosahl presented an idea to the board about saving money. He said that it would involve reducing the school calendar by seven days. It would result in making each day 15 .....
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SMIF preparing another round of BookStart grants

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Last fall, the Elysian Area Learning Center received a grant for 75 books.

Amber Athey, a supervisor at the organization that houses various early childhood and Head Start programs, said the grant was a small - but significant - investment i ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board prepares for next year

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 18, 2010. All members but one were present. Topics discussed included the school calendar for the 2010-2011 school year, a recent special education conference attend ..... 
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Kingsland explores options for principal and superintendent

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board workshop session was held Monday night and progress was made on three very important issues.

The first item under consideration was the board's agreement on advertising for a superintendent, replacing Darrin Strosa ..... 
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Singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne will teach students at Rushford-Peterson

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Education

Rushford, MN - National touring performer and teaching artist Elisa Korenne will teach the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Rushford-Peterson Middle School. From April 12-16, Korenne will offer students her "History in Song" workshop. Students will lear ..... 
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Kingsland Board of Education workshop focuses on next year's budget

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

"Your homework assignment was to bring in proposals to balance the budget," said Board Chairman Mitch Lentz addressing the Kingsland Board of Education.

The workshop session of the Kingsland Board of Education Monday night was consumed with ..... 
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Fillmore Central's big changes

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

Starting next school year, there will be numerous changes made at Fillmore Central Schools. There will no longer be a middle school in Preston, as the seventh and eighth graders are moving to the high school building.

During their meeting on ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson middle school honor roll 2nd quarter

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

A Honor Roll

Grade 6

Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O'Hare, Rachel O'Shaughnessy, Morgan Vitse, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter.

Grade 7

Jordan Agrimson, Joshua Agrimson, ..... 
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Historic Forestville announces summer camp scholarship

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

Step into the past and don the apron of a shopkeeper in the general store, measure out fabric and medicines, create a storekeeper's secret code. Tend to the garden/field and chickens, saw and carry in wood for the wood burning stove. Bake cookies in ..... 
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