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Lanesboro School Board revisits bullying issue


Fri, Nov 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

After a short meeting of the Lanesboro School Board on November 16, Karen and Terry Neneman spoke out about the bullying that her daughter recently received. Karen read a statement she had prepared, and gave the board members a separate document that informed them of the details of the incidents.

Neneman said her daughter, who was in the seventh grade at Lanesboro, was taken out of the school on November 5. She said the events that occurred and the way it was handled by the administration led to the decision that Lanesboro School was no longer safe for their child.

Neneman's daughter called her from school, crying because there were kids harassing her. Neneman had a meeting with high school personnel, and was told that each event that happened must be dealt with as a separate matter. There would be no cumulative aspect to any punishment. Neneman said she was also told that the word "bullying" had been overused.

The next day her daughter called again and Neneman told her to go to the office. In the office, her daughter was told that she needed to know the difference between bullying and not liking someone.

"I was appalled that my child was made to feel that she was in the wrong," said Neneman. She then made the decision to take her child out of the school.

"Did I overreact by taking her out of school?" asked Neneman. "Maybe. But she is the fourth student in that class to leave because of the same issue. I didn't want to wait until the situation escalated and she was hurt physically or mentally."

Neneman said the school has a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for children. She would like to see a clear and concise plan put into place that applies to all students. She added that she has received no communication from the school or the board since removing her child.

Neneman also said it was very hard to take her child out of school, as they are a part of the community of Lanesboro. "It has been an extremely hard time for all of us."

Ceil Allen, who is a member of the City Council, spoke up as well, and said she has received calls from two parents who previously removed their child from the school due to a bullying issue. She asked about the Second Step program that was implemented last year, and if it was still in place.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs said the program is still in place, along with a PBIS, or Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. .....
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Fillmore Central preps for referendum

Tue, Nov 2nd, 2010
Posted in Education

During the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on October 27, board member Craig Britton spoke about the things that the referendum committee have been working on to promote voting for the referendum.

After the board meeting that evening, ..... 
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Enrollment: up or down?

Tue, Nov 2nd, 2010
Posted in Education

With the October 1 data submission deadline passing, the Minnesota Department of Education has collected enrollment figures from public schools around the state. Unfortunately, data posted to the MDE website is always six to 12 months behind, so enr ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Foundation seeks board members

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Schools will be working with the Preston Area Foundation on establishing a school foundation. We are looking for a founding group to develop a plan to organize and launch the school foundation. The group will be considered the board ..... 
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Fillmore Central mini grant program

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

A "mini grant" program has been continued for the fifteenth straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District.

Grants of up to $500 eac ..... 
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Lanesboro School District discusses referendum

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Certified public accountant Pam Ristau was at the Lanesboro School Board meeting on October 19 to give a report of her recent audit for 2009-2010.

Ristau said the general fund unreserved or undesignated fund balance increased by $251,847. Th ..... 
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R-P approves new school consulting proposal

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson school board voted Monday, October 18th, to approve a proposal from ICS Consulting, Inc., of Mounds View, to assist the district with the New School Initiative. The firm offers planning for all areas of project development and ..... 
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Chatfield School Board allots time for cell phones

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

The regular monthly Chatfield School Board meeting took place on Tuesday, October 18th, at the high school media center. Preceding the regular meeting was a public referendum informational meeting that was open to the public. The meeting was to info ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Foundation seeks board members

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Schools will be working with the Preston Area Foundation on establishing a school foundation. We are looking for a founding group to develop a plan to organize and launch the school foundation. The group will be considered the board ..... 
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