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Chatfield discusses budget cuts, raising levy


Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

All members were present to discuss the upcoming operating levy proposal at the Chatfield School Board's regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Superintendent Edward Harris gave a PowerPoint presentation detailing the budget conditions leading up to the proposal of the levy, the projected financial condition of the school district without the levy, and the levy's projected cost to taxpayers. In addition to making the presentation available online through the CCTV coverage of the meeting, Harris also plans to publish a blog to inform Chatfield residents on the effects of passing--or not passing--the levy.

Harris emphasized that although Chatfield residents have supported excellent facilities for their students, simply having good buildings does not always guarantee that a school district will have enough money for operating expenses. Declining enrollment has impacted the amount of money coming into the district. Harris also pointed out that more than 90 percent of Minnesota school districts have asked for more money to operate and that the average levy state-wide of more than $800 per pupil is significantly higher than the current Chatfield levy of $350.77 per pupil.

If the district were to operate for the next three years with no increase in salaries, no further budget cuts, current enrollment levels, a 2 percent increase in inflationary operating costs, and no further financial assistance from the state, while taking into account that the current levy expires in 2011, the district will deplete its current fund of $1.4 million and deficit spending by over $400,000.

Harris's recommendation includes reducing district expenditures by $200,000 over the next two years. Additionally, he hopes to increase the operating levy from $350.77 to $520 per pupil. This increase would generate $120,000 in new revenue for the district, leaving almost half of the current fund in place for the 2013-2014 school year. However, despite the large amount of revenue raised, most homeowners' taxes will only go up by $21 per year, with the tax increase on commercial properties even less and the tax on farmland actually decreasing.

Board Chair Jerry Chase thanked Harris for the thorough presentation, noting that many neighboring districts have been forced to raise much higher levies. Both Harris and Chase emphasized the necessity of keeping the public informed, and encouraged community members to contact board members or administration .....
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Lanesboro School Board seeks to fill board position

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

Lanesboro Principal Brett Clark spoke to the board at the meeting on August 19 about several items. The first was to go over the high school handbook. Clark said the handbook was mostly unchanged from last year.

Board member Steve Snyder as ..... 
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Hanson graduates from Continental Auctioneer School

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Education

Continental Auctioneer Schools of Mankato, MN, announces the graduation of Jordan D. Hanson, 31252 Cty. 7, Chatfield, MN, 55923. Students received instruction in all phases of the auctioneer profession and were awarded diplomas and the "Certified Au ..... 
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Melver of Preston, receives Diamonds and Dreams scholarship

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Education

MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Twins Community Fund today announced that the Diamonds and Dreams Scholarship Program will grant $2,000 scholarships to 20 Upper Midwest youth in pursuit of post-secondary education. A ceremony to recognize rec ..... 
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Lanesboro library sponsors discussion on race

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Friends of the Lanesboro Library is hosting a discussion group with trained facilitators about the RACE Exhibit, currently on display at the Rochester Public Library. Discussion groups will meet on August 31 at 6 p.m. in the Rose Bell Memorial R ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves attempt for $300,000 referendum

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Education

At the regular meeting on July 27, the Fillmore Central School Board approved trying for a referendum levy during the election this fall. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann explained there is a current referendum of $400 per pupil unit that will be sunse ..... 
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Chatfield welcomes new superintendent

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board welcomed new superintendent of schools Edward Harris to their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 19, 2010. Harris publicly acknowledged the warm welcome he has received from the community, noting that he is "very exci ..... 
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R-P School Board moves forward

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The transition process is underway between the district and new transportation provider Ready Bus Line. According to the district, the company has met with drivers and the application and hiring process has begun, including the hiring of former, lon ..... 
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Fillmore Central School sets eligibility meetings

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Eligibility meetings for Minnesota State High School League activities for the 2010-2011 school year will be held at Fillmore Central High School as follows: Monday, July 26, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. Please note t ..... 
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