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Fire at Fillmore Central High School handled well by all involved


Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Education

During the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on May 25, high school Principal Heath Olstad gave the board an update about the recent fire at the high school building. The fire occurred on Wednesday, May 19, during the lunch hour, and it started in the boiler room. Olstad explained to the board what exactly happened and how smoothly everything went. The building was evacuated, and students and staff went to the Community Center.

Olstad said the sheriff's department and the inspector went through the boiler room and found the cause of the fire to be an electrical failure in the control panel for the air handling system. This system moves fresh air into the classrooms. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann explained a spark set the manual and service logs on fire, as they are kept inside the boxes. It also burned off the end of the solenoid, which brought more air into the box, feeding the fire even more. It all happened very quickly.

"I can't compliment the students or staff enough," said Olstad. He said there is a student at the school who needs assistance getting out of the building during an emergency. There is a team of students who have been trained to help him, and have regular practice during fire drills. Several members of the team showed up to help him, but the student was outside with a staff member at the time of the fire.

Olstad said that he and Nate Carlson, the P.E. teacher, were in the basement trying to put out the fire with fire extinguishers for a short time. They have discovered that it was a heat sensor that tripped the actual fire alarm that brought the fire department there. After watching the surveillance videos, Olstad determined that it was exactly nine minutes from the time the alarms went off until the fire department was there to fight the fire.

Olstad also complimented Mark Scheevel from Harmony Transit for arranging the transportation for the early dismissal. Parents were called and informed that school would be let out early. Olstad said the staff did a great job, and the students were very patient as they waited at the Community Center.

"Now we know why we do all those drills," said Olstad. He also complimented the Harmony Fire Department, as well as the Harmony and Preston ambulances. The board also gave their compliments and their thanks that everyone was safe.

Olstad said the total damage done will not be known for a while yet. There will be insurance adjustors inspecting th .....
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Living with D.A.R.E.

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Education

Living with D.A.R.E. does not only mean drugs, it means making right choices. You shouldn't let a friend make your choices for you, even if they are your best friends, because the choices may not always be something good, like having you do drugs. Y ..... 
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D.A.R.E.

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Education

I have learned how to make healthy choices for myself since being in the D.A.R.E. program. I also have learned many ways to say "NO" to bad peer pressure which will enable me to make good choices in my future. D.A.R.E. has alerted me about many harm ..... 
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D.A.R.E. report

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Education

I have learned what the definition of D.A.R.E. is and that is Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The decision-making model is Define Assess Respond Evaluate. I have learned to make good decisions and how to say no to smoking, tobacco and drugs. I have ..... 
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D.A.R.E.

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Education

During the past nine weeks Deputy Boyum has come in and talked about the D.A.R.E. program. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, which teaches kids and teens not to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. It also teaches them about inhalan ..... 
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D.A.R.E.

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Education

Before Officer Beck came and talked to us, I thought "dare" was just a way of challenging others. I used to dare my brother to go as fast as he could go down the driveway on his rollerblades. Now I know D.A.R.E. is an acronym for Drug Abuse Resistan ..... 
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Drug free is home free!

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Education

Drugs..drugs are dangerous. Staying drug free is a commitment all kids should make. It would even be a good idea for adults to become drug free. But, like all things, it's a choice. And, you and only you, can make that choice. D.A.R.E. has helped me ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves public hearing

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Education

Industrial Technology teacher Mark Winkels, who was placed on unrequested leave by the board on April 29th, has requested a public hearing regarding his position. The board has been working since the special meeting to determine what courses Winkels ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses Potter Center for the arts

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Education

Potter Center for the Arts, state funding, and a proposed walking path were all topics of discussion at the Chatfield School Board's meeting on May 17, 2010. All members except F. Mike Tuohy were present. Two students and adults representing the Cha ..... 
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