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Fillmore Central not joining Flexible Learning Consortium


Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School board has voted against joining the Flexible Learning Year Consortium. Many other schools who were originally interested in the idea have now chosen not to join.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said Fillmore Central was one of the last three schools to make a decision. Winona, St. Charles, and Kingsland recently turned it down.

"We no longer have the professional development piece to make that strong, because we can do that anyway," said Luehmann. "We didn't feel the application would be successful without that."

Luehmann explained there are several school districts interested in starting a Professional Development Consortium. The districts will pool together $7.50 per child per year instead of the $10 that was proposed with the Flexible Learning Year. These pooled funds will help pay for staff development, and the districts will collaborate with each other. There will be no application to the state, just a group of schools working together.

Many board members agreed the staff development was the most appealing part of the Flexible Learning Year. Board member John Torgrimson said he would like to see more details on the new consortium. Luehmann will be attending a meeting on the new consortium on March 28. The board expressed interest in joining. They need to show intent to join by April 8.

Southeast Service Cooperative

Using Interactive Television (ITV) technology that is fairly new to Fillmore Central, Suzanne Riley of the Southeast Service Co-op was able to join the meeting and discuss how the district has used its services over the last year.

Riley thanked the board for allowing her to join the meeting this way, as it is much more cost-effective. She explained some of the materials she had sent to the board members, including two reports. The first report was a summary of the youth services in the school's years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. She stated she had tracked how Fillmore Central used their services compared to other districts, and how those services translate into benefits for the district. She had given the board members a list of all services tracked and the resulting value to the district, and compared the information with other districts.

"Fillmore Central really makes good use of the Southeast Service Co-op," said Riley. "You guys use a wide variety of services, instructional support, and administrative support."

Instructional support, which .....
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R-P kindergarten round-up

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools will be holding Kindergarten Registration on April 15th, 2011. Kindergarten registration will be conducted through one-hour registration periods. (To register for Kindergarten, your child must be five years old by September ..... 
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Fillmore Central band solo and ensemble recital

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Schools band department held its annual 5-8th grade solo and ensemble recital on Thursday night, March 10th. Over 75 students presented performances of solos or small ensembles for a large audience in the high school cafeteria. ..... 
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SWCD scholarship deadline fast approaching

Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Posted in Education

Attention all Fillmore County graduating high school seniors! If you are pursuing a degree in natural resources, agriculture or a related field, the deadline to apply for a $500 scholarship from the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWC ..... 
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R-P will not apply for Flexible Learning Year

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

The R-P school board has decided not move forward with an application to the Minnesota Department of Education. The move could have started the 2011-2012 school year approximately two weeks prior to Labor Day. The district initially felt that the ch ..... 
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St. Johns Lutheran School celebrates National Lutheran Schools' Week

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

"Securing Each Child's Future - Making Disciples," is the theme for this year's National Lutheran Schools' Week beginning March 6 - 12.

When the early German immigrants settled in Minnesota, they were concerned about the religious and secu ..... 
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Interactive TV technology

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education



Jeff Thompson works as the IT technician at both Fillmore Central and Spring Grove schools. As a computer person, he is very excited about new technology that could mean big changes in the future of education.

Interactive television ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up set for March 17th

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 17th, at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary gym. Please use the elementary entrance. ..... 
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Fillmore Central and the FLY?

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Education

On the same night as their February meeting, Fillmore Central School Board and administration held the second of the three required public meetings for the proposed Flexible Learning Year (FLY).

Luehmann explained to the audience that the d ..... 
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