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R-P begins year with positive surprises


Mon, Sep 27th, 2010
Posted in Education

The relatively short Monday, September 20th board meeting detailed both a smooth start to the 2010-2011 school years and some welcome surprises.

Enrollment in the district is up nine from earlier projected enrollment figures to 626.

In late August, the board received confirmation of additional funding through the Jobs Bill. The allotment, which amounts to $128,658.00, is intended for new hires or rehires. The money must be obligated by September 2012.

R-P already has solid plans for the funds, intending to split the 51 fourth grade students into three sections for the year. The board has approved the hiring of former (2008) R-P student teacher Jessica Johnson as the new fourth grade teacher. She will teach alongside Mrs. Mary Hoiland and Mrs. Mary Wolter. The position is expected to be in place for two consecutive years.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler acknowledges the timing may not be ideal, but the funds are a great help to the district.

The district has seen indications that it will not suffer Aid Delayed Payments, due to its current fund balance. Districts that have a fund balance below $700 per student, such as R-P, will not be impacted. Other districts may be forced to use reserves.

The board will be meeting with ICS Consulting, Inc. on October 6th in regards to the New School Initiative. ICS is a Mounds View, Minnesota, firm which offers planning for all areas of project development. The firm recently completed a successful $15.4 million bond referendum for the Fairmont School District.

In other notable news, the district offers its congratulations to former and long-time head football coach Jim Reinhardt. The Minnesota State High School Coaches Association will be inducting Reinhardt into its Hall of Fame October 9th.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is Monday, October 18th, at 5:30 pm, in the high school biology room. The time of this meeting has been moved back to accommodate an audit presentation.

Chatfield School Board gears up for proposed referendum of increased levy

Fri, Sep 24th, 2010
Posted in Education

At the regular Chatfield School Board meeting on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010, Jerry Chase, Kathy Schellhammer, and Greg LaPlante were the board members that were present. Absent members included F. Mike Tuohy and Matt McMahon. Also present were En ..... 
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Luther Professor Bernatz authors applied mathematics textbook

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

DECORAH, Iowa-- Richard Bernatz, Luther College professor of mathematics, authored the textbook titled Fourier Series and Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, recently published by John Wiley and Sons.

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Luther College to suspend Celebration Iowa program for 2011

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

DECORAH, Iowa -- Luther College has announced that it will suspend operation of the Celebration Iowa summer music program for 2011 to provide time to assess and evaluate the program's future direction.

Celebration Iowa, a project of Luther C ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board seeks levy increase

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Education



At the Lanesboro School Board meeting on September 16, the board approved a preliminary levy of $526,527.75, which is a 3.9 percent increase from last year. Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained this is only a preliminary number, and they have ..... 
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Kingsland schools enter national contest

Fri, Sep 3rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Kingsland Elementary School, Kingsland Middle School and Kingsland High School have been entered into the Kohl's Cares school contest. Kohl's will award one-half million dollars to twenty schools nationwide. Contest winners are selected by receiving ..... 
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WALZ PROMOTES COLLEGE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE AMERICANS

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Education

Mankato, MN - Today at Rasmussen College in Mankato, Congressman Walz highlighted a new law that will make college more affordable for students, improve the student loan process and save taxpayer dollars.

"As a teacher and a parent, I know how ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools reflect on Statewide Assessment results

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Minnesota Department of Education has released the statewide assessment scores, and Rushford-Peterson students showed tremendous growth across the board in 2009-2010. Students in third through eighth grades, tenth and eleventh grades are measure ..... 
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R-P survey questions new school initiative

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Education



The results of a district-wide survey by the R-P school district are in. Intended to question 2,500 households on the direction of district facilities, the survey presented two options: Option one is a continuance of the new school initiati ..... 
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