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What's next for R-P facilities?


Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson school board officially accepted a report from the Joint Facilities Task Force, a group comprised of volunteer district members. The task force has been diligently plugging away at gathering information regarding the elementary/high school facility in Rushford and the middle school in Peterson.

The report included at least three major components. First, cost savings consideration of operational and maintenance costs, deferred maintenance cost avoidance at both buildings, savings on staff time and travel costs, and savings on student transportation and bussing. Secondly, marketplace cost opportunities, which highlighted the facts of low construction costs, while competition for construction bids is high and bond financing at an all time low. Also, included in the report was the impact and feasibility of phased construction, an option compared to the construction of a single facility at one time. This last issue led the task force to believe that a phased construction process would not be prudent for the district. The consensus, after reviewing the financial aspects, was that the difference in a phased construction compared to a one-facility, non-phased construction was really not an issue, having looked at the dual costs of operation, maintenance, and other costs incurred. For certain, no one on the task force sees putting $8-12 million, which would receive no state funding, into aging facilities as a wise decision.

Tom Driscoll, a member of the task force, recently acknowledged, however, that one of the challenges the committee faced was taking into consideration the impact on the community. Superintendent Chuck Ehler presented the board with proposed tax impact statements provided by Ehler & Associates, Inc., as requested by the task force. The figures include tax impact amounts for residential, commercial, agricultural, and agricultural non-homestead market values and bond issue sizes ranging from $8 to $29 million. The amount the district would have to finance is entirely based upon funding from the state.

Public Forums, surveys, and information gathering by the district have turned up very little input from the community other than support of a new facility.

School board member Greg Smith recently noted the importance of Peterson and Rushford Village in this effort as they include a large land base. "It will not happen without all communities and areas coming together."

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Luehmann recognized for her years of service

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Education

State funding uncertainty and transportation costs for the 2011-2012 school year were among the topics of discussion facing the Fillmore Central School Board at their regular monthly meeting on June 21, 2011. The board also recognized Myrna Luehmann ..... 
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Foreign exchange students come to rural Minnesota

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Education

Foreign exchange students from Slovaik Republic and other countries are scheduled to arrive in communities throughout the state of Minnesota for the 2011/2012 school year, and they are excited to learn about the families they will be living with for ..... 
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Youth Tractor Safety continues strong in the Twenty-third Year

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Education

I want to start by thanking Rushford-Peterson Ag Instructor Colby Lind for hosting the Youth Tractor Safety Training at the Rushford-Peterson High School this past week. There is a lot of work involved, lining up tractors, arranging facilities, and ..... 
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Kingsland Public Schools receive finance award

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Education

Superintendent John McDonald announced to the school board during their meeting Monday night, May 16 that the Kingsland Public Schools had received the 2011 School Finance Award for Fiscal Year 2010 from the Minnesota Department of Education.

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Fillmore Central talks budget cuts

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Education

There was a lot of talk about the budget and budget cuts at the recent Fillmore Central School Board meeting. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said they still have no idea where the state is as far as funding the school districts. She went over the lis ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson education director resigns

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

At a huge loss to the district, Community Education Director Beth Theede is resigning from her position, effective May 26th. Instrumental to the district, Theede has assisted in the significant growth of the district's Lille By Preschool, as well as ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson graduation in sight

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

Sunday, May 29th, 2011 the members of the Class of 2011 will received their high school diplomas at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Commencement for the class of 38 graduating seniors is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. School board ..... 
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The next phase

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education



The next phase in my life isn't just going to be leaving Fillmore Central. It's about becoming an independent woman in the real world. Scary, yes, but it will be a journey that will make me a stronger person, more responsible and more respec ..... 
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