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Lanesboro School Board focuses on 2010-2011 audit report


Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Lanesboro school board members met on November 22, 2011, for the monthly November meeting. The monthly meeting focused on the district's 2010-2011 audit report and a presentation by high school and elementary administrators regarding the district's adequate yearly progress in academics. In addition, a special student presentation was made during the meeting.

As listed in the November meeting's agenda, Pamela Ristau met with board officials at the meeting and presented the school's budgeting overview from the 2010-2011 school year. Overall, the district had no negative news to report because most of the district's accounts broke even. In general, the Lanesboro school district is "holding its own." While minor improvements are being made to further balance the budget, the district is not facing any major financial challenges. One account that the district hopes to further balance is the community service fund, which includes the daycare and ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) programs, because enrollment declined last year. This most likely stemmed from the economic recession. After the audit analysis, board members approved a motion to accept the audit report.

Following the audit report, Ashley Bue, a junior at Lanesboro who is also the Lanesboro FFA chapter president, entertained board members with a slideshow of an agriculture education trip she took last summer where she explored various landmarks of Wisconsin. From June 20 to June 24, Bue visited destinations such as Lambeau Field, the Wasau Paper Mill, Miller Park, and Holland's Cheese Factory in Wisconsin. Bue's educational experience allowed her to see different places, meet other students, and learn about an expansive career field in agriculture.

In the principals' report, elementary principal James Semmen and secondary principal Brett Clarke recapped the district's adequate yearly progress, or AYP. The main tool that both Clarke and Semmen used for their presentation was the different MCA test scores. As reading remains a strong point for the district, math is the area that needs the most improvement. In conclusion, Clarke and Semmen agreed that Lanesboro has been making adequate yearly progress with the plans they have initiated.

Winter sports contracts were approved by the board at the November meeting. Boys basketball coaches include John Smith, Chris Hanson, Bret Klaehn, and Cody Hungerholt. Girls basketball coaches include Ryan Scheevel, Kelly McMillen, J .....
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Fillmore County Schools pass referendums

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Education

Two schools in Fillmore County, Mabel-Canton and Chatfield, had questions on the election ballot November 8 about referendums. They left it up to the voters to decide the fate of their financial future, and the voters were considerate enough to help ..... 
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SMIF awards $95,000 in grants

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently announced an award of $15,000 to the Kingsland Early Childhood Program (communities of Spring Valley and Wykoff) for its Preparing Children for Kindergarten through Collaboration project. The ..... 
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Two Lanesboro youth nominated as Minnesota Ambassadors of Music travel to Europe July, 2012

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Kirsten Ruen and Megan Kiehne, two juniors at Lanesboro High School, have the opportunity of a lifetime! They have been nominated to serve as Minnesota Ambassadors of Music and travel abroad next July 2012. Every two years, this association takes a ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson conferences

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Parent-Teacher Conferences for grades K-12 of the Rushford-Peterson Schools will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 4:00-7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, November 17 from 4:00-7:30 p.m.

Conferences for all grades; elementary, middle, and high sc ..... 
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School board hears about Fillmore Central's Ag in Motion trip

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Education

During the regular meeting on October 25, the Fillmore Central School Board was treated to a presentation by two students who attended the Ag in Motion trip this past summer. Dan and Theresa Doerr spoke about the trip and gave a power point presenta ..... 
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R-P selects architectural finalists for New School Initiative

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The New School Initiative is gaining momentum with the district seeking architectural proposals from eight regional firms. The action comes following direction from both the community and recommendations from an in-depth study by the Joint Facilitie ..... 
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Kingsland School Board discusses changes in property tax law

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board discussed the impact that the changes in the homestead residential market value may have on taxpayers in the school district at their meeting Monday, October 17.

The 2011 Minnesota Legislature repealed the homestea ..... 
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Fillmore Central Elementary receives grant from Preston Area community Foundation

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

Dwight Luhmann, President of the Preston Area Community Foundation, presents a $600 check to Taryn Raaen, a fifth grader at Fillmore Central. The funds were used to purchase junior size tennis rackets and low-bounce balls for the Fillmore Central El ..... 
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