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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 articles and letters to the editor regarding the bullying. He asked the board members to look it over and make suggestions. He wanted to make the letter public record, and after it was approved, it would be sent to the newspapers.

The board members made a few suggestions regarding the language, and Lawstuen read the letter out loud with the changes. The letter spoke about the policies that are in place, the bullying prohibition policy, the positive behavior program, and the second steps program. He also mentioned that the board is comfortable with what the administration is doing about the bullying. He said there are privacy rights that do not allow them to disclose information regarding the people involved, but they support the superintendent in his administration of these policies.

Lawstuen then opened the floor for patron comments. There were several people at the meeting, including students. Becky Stocker spoke about her three children who attend Lanesboro School. She said her son had some bullying issues that would not stop, and she spoke to the principal about it. The family received a phone call of apology from the person doing the bullying.

"I don't mean to minimize the pain of others," said Stocker. "But the press the school has received has been incomplete. Good things do happen at our school."

Stocker added that they do not live in the district, but choose to have their children attend Lanesboro.

Karen Neneman then spoke to the board again about the bullying her daughter received. Her daughter Sabrina is now doing online school. She said she asked about having her daughter attend band and choir so she could be with her friends, and was told by the online school she would have to receive a waiver. She said Lanesboro schools have never contacted her, and she has heard nothing from them.

Boggs said they did discuss the waiver at one time, but Neneman said she had to call him, he never called her.

Lawstuen said he was sure she would receive a call the next day, as they would like to keep the extra-curricular activities open for children who are home schooled or who do the online schooling.

"I didn't intend to make this a big deal," said Nen .....
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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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Rushford-Peterson Schools to establish facilities task force

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is establishing a task force to study the facility and related educational needs of its early childhood through 12th grade students. It is the desire of the school board for the task force to be composed of members who prov ..... 
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Chatfield School Board brings back the Knowledge Bowl

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

The November Chatfield School Board meeting took place on Monday, November 15th, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. in the high school media center. The majority of the meeting was allotted to administration reports and the 2009-2010-district audit report. Alan And ..... 
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Kingsland applies for flexible learning year

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

The November meeting for the Kingsland Public Schools took place on Nov. 15 with all board members present. The board members were presented with a summary of their 09-10 audit. Amanda Clark of Larson Allen LLP, presented their internal audit summar ..... 
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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 tha ..... 
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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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