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R-P approves new school consulting proposal


Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson school board voted Monday, October 18th, to approve a proposal from ICS Consulting, Inc., of Mounds View, to assist the district with the New School Initiative. The firm offers planning for all areas of project development and has completed several successful bond referendums for various school districts throughout the state.

The partnership has come about as the result of district-wide survey findings which were presented to the district on August 27th. The majority of responses received favored the continuance of the New School Initiative as opposed to proceeding with maintenance of rapidly aging facilities (82 percent). In that initiative, the district will actively pursue state funding for an estimated $29 million, K-12 facility. The district will be seeking 75 percent state funding with 25 percent ($7.25 million) being funded locally.

Should the district have been directed to maintain current facilities, it would be facing necessary remodeling costs of roughly $11-12 million. However, there would be no possible state funding available for maintenance as the Minnesota Department of Education does not support it.

The ICS proposal predicts approximately 244 work hours by the firm at a cost to the district of $30,500, not including an estimated $3,000 in administrative type fees from ICS. The project consists of four phases, each broken down by work hours and cost.

Phase one, planned for October to December of this year, includes both administrative and board meetings to discuss and approve goals and objectives, facility observation and documentation, and task force recruitment.

Phase two will be conducted January through March of 2011. It will be comprised of six separate task force meetings reviewing educational standards and needs, the development and prioritization of options, and concluded recommendations.

Phase three, April through May of 2011, will showcase a final report of recommendations and a presentation of the findings to the school board during the May meeting.

The final phase is expected to last from June through September of 2011. The shortest of the four-part project, it may likely garner the most attention as the board holds a work session, analyzes strategies and funding, and takes action on the project at its September board meeting.

While the board approved the ICS proposal unanimously, the need for community involvement was noted by several members .....
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Chatfield School Board allots time for cell phones

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

The regular monthly Chatfield School Board meeting took place on Tuesday, October 18th, at the high school media center. Preceding the regular meeting was a public referendum informational meeting that was open to the public. The meeting was to info ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Foundation seeks board members

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Schools will be working with the Preston Area Foundation on establishing a school foundation. We are looking for a founding group to develop a plan to organize and launch the school foundation. The group will be considered the board ..... 
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Kingsland Community Education announces two special yoga events

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

As part Kingsland Community Education's commitment to offer affordable, fun classes related to wellness and wellbeing, Kingsland Community Director, Jennifer Dessner, announces two special yoga events. 

Mike Cain (info@mctaichi.org, 507 ..... 
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Houston welcomes new Superintendent

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Education

Houston Public Schools, ISD 294 welcomes new superintendent, Jean Broadwater, who joined the district on August 1. Steve Scheu, school board chair, said, "We anticipate great things with our new superintendent. Her willingness to listen to stakehold ..... 
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Luther receives $119,898 NHPRC grant for archives project

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Education

DECORAH, Iowa-Luther College, in partnership with Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, has received a grant of $119,898 from the National Historical Publication and Records Commission for a project designed to survey and make accessible significant ..... 
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Finances and an early start

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann painted a bleak picture of the state's financial situation at the recent school board meeting. She had attended a MSBA (Minnesota School Board Association) meeting the week before, where the state's def ..... 
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Kingsland school referendum

Fri, Oct 1st, 2010
Posted in Education



A recently formed committee of the Kingsland Public Schools will be reaching out to the community in the next few weeks to furnish information and answer questions regarding the upcoming revenue authorization. Currently the existing referend ..... 
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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.

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