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Technology will play a key role in Kingsland Schools this fall


Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board approved decisions in their meeting Monday, August 15 that will have technology playing a key role in the 2011-12 school year.

The board approved the purchase of VBrick technology software and server. "This is a one-time purchase totaling $31,000 which comes out of our capital fund budget," Superintendent John McDonald said. "This technology provides live capture of each teacher's desktop and a webcam records the teacher. Students will be able to review a class they missed or review lessons from anywhere they have an internet connection."

VBrick provides streaming video solutions to corporate, education, healthcare and government customers. VBrick's education video streaming platform supports a variety of e-learning applications, including broadcasting and recording lectures, TV distribution, streaming special events such as graduations, and digitizing VHS and DVD assets into on-demand instructional libraries.

"This is the same technology that is currently being used in many colleges," McDonald said. "We are endeavoring to take learning beyond the classroom."

The board also approved the purchase of seventy netbook computers for the "College in the Schools" program and the media center. "At a cost of $250 per netbook, this will cost the district nearly $18,000, all of which was budgeted in our capital fund budget," McDonald said.

The Kingsland High School has teamed up with Riverland Community College to provide the "College in the Schools" program. The partnership between colleges and local high schools give high schools an opportunity to strengthen their academic course offerings while providing high school juniors and seniors a jump start on earning college credit.

This was the first meeting where board members were using notebook computers provided by the district. "I would like to thank the board members for their use of technology," McDonald said. "Using netbooks in our meetings is an effort to model the use of technology and move to a paperless environment for our meetings."

In other action, Superintendent McDonald thanked Stacey Rath, CEO/COO of the Kingsland Athletic Booster Club, for their $18,930 contribution. The money will be used for student activities.

The next school board meeting will be Monday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the district conference room.

Lanesboro School Board revisits grocery store issue

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Education

There will be a public hearing on September 15 after the regular Lanesboro School Board meeting at 7 pm. The board will be listening to the community's input on the possibility of the school investing in a grocery store for Lanesboro.

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R-P begins "Yes Campaign" for facility referendum

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Education

Following direction from both the community and the Joint Facilities Task Force, the board intends to bring forth a referendum for the construction of a new early childhood through grade 12 facility to be located adjacent to the Ben Niggle Sports Co ..... 
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Fillmore Central welcomes new superintendent

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held their first meeting with new superintendent Richard Keith on July 26. Keith informed the board that he is moving to the area very soon, and will then have a chance to spend more time getting to know everyone. H ..... 
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Kingsland School Board approves bus route reduction for 2011-2012 school year

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board approved the reduction of bus routes in their meeting Monday, July 18.

"I would like to thank Kevin Klomps for looking at our bus routes in order to more efficiently transport our children," Superintendent John McD ..... 
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Chatfield works on budget projection

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

Despite the scorching heat, Chatfield School Board members met on Tuesday, July 19th for the regular monthly meeting in a short session. The majority of the time was delegated to Superintendent Harris and his report. Harris announced that board memb ..... 
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Eligibility meetings for Fillmore Central

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

Eligibility meetings for Minnesota State High School League activities for the 2011-2012 school year will be held at Fillmore Central High School as follows: Monday, July 25, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Please note th ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board members to meet with Lanesboro Grocery, LLC

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board had a discussion about the grocery store at their meeting on July 21. Chairman Dave Ruen said a group of people in Lanesboro are working toward the goal of getting a grocery store in Lanesboro, and they have approached the ..... 
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Lane Powell elected to board of directors for MSHSL

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Education

Lane M. Powell, Director of Bands for Fillmore Central Schools, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota State High School League and the Minnesota Music Educator's Association. The official title of MMEA Representative will ..... 
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