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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 deficit was discussed, as well as what it means for school districts.

According to Luehmann, Minnesota may have a $5.7 billion deficit. "I realized there is no way we can cut or tax our way out of 5.7 billion dollars," said Luehmann.

There are three things the state is considering to help with this deficit. One is a clothing tax, which could bring in about eight million. They could increase income taxes for people who make more than $250,000 a year. The state is also considering building a Racino, a combination horse track and casino, which could bring $250 million to the state.

Luehmann also mentioned the possibility of another shift in funds from the state. Last year the state sent the school districts 70 percent of their funding, and shifted 30 percent to a later date. According to Luehmann, they are now considering a 50/50 shift.

"Even if they did all these things, and took away all LGA to cities, we would still need 1.5 to 2 billion dollars," said Luehmann. "Where is that going to come from?"

She also mentioned rumors of the state cutting their funding to schools by $1,000 to 1,500 per pupil unit. They have not increased their per pupil unit funding in several years. Luehmann said this cut is what would hurt the worst.

Levy and Referendum

Meetings

The board approved a preliminary levy for 2011, with a final to be decided by December. The levy they approved is a decrease of 1.5 percent from last year's levy. The total levy, which includes debt service for bonds for the elementary school, the HVAC project, Community Ed. and the general education, is a total of $1.4 million.

There will be information meetings held in October. These meetings are for the public to attend and express their concerns, ask questions, and gather information about the upcoming referendum that will be on the ballot this fall. The meeting in Preston is on October 12, after Family Night at 7:30 p.m. There will be a meeting in Harmony on October 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school media center. The meeting in Fountain will be on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fountain Community Center.

Jobs Bill

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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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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.

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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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