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R-P runs into insurance snag


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addressed the board.

"What was the reason for the misunderstanding or miscommunication?” asked board member Taylor Peterson.

“It was a case of misunderstanding and miscommunication with the Winona Agency,” says district superintendent Chuck Ehler. “When we sent out the proposals the due date listed was April 4. In a conversation with Winona Agency, they thought there was a verbal agreement of a due date of May 4. After the due date, both Winona Agency and Vaaler Insurance Agency, who submitted bids, were contacted and the situation was explained. The Vaaler Agency consented to allow an extension until May 4th for the Winona Agency to have time to secure a viable quote.”

The district advertised for bids in mid-February and received inquiries from four agencies. The district received bids from Vaaler Insurance Agency and Winona Agency. Currently, Vaaler (Trident Insurance) provides the district’s property insurance and Winona provides the district’s workmen’s compensation coverage.

“I put that on him and his agency. They missed the deadline,” responded Peterson.

Johnson, one of the agencies interested in bidding, addressed discrepancies in valuations in the bid, as well as what he believed was a lack of information needed for formulating a bid. “What are we bidding on? It’s not spelled out. Can you make heads or tails of that? The information is not there,” stated Johnson. “My concern is what information are the agencies getting to put a bid on it? I’m wondering if the other agencies are getting special information. It’s totally unbiddable. The whole thing is incomplete. Period.”

Ehler noted his hope that agencies with questions would call for clarification. “All I ask is a phone call.”

Johnson responded regarding a discussion three years ago, at the time the last insurance bids were sought. At that time, he says he indicated to the district that the information was unbiddable. Additionally, Johnson noted that most companies won’t put bids out over 90 days, not being able to guarantee risk. Currently, bids are approved by the school board in August, with an effective date of September 1.< .....
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R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
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R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with th ..... 
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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with th ..... 
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Kingsland board approves formation of Facilities Task Force

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland school board met on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the district conference room. All school board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, April 2014 bills, polic ..... 
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Kingsland board approves formation of Facilities Task Force

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland school board met on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the district conference room. All school board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, April 2014 bills, polic ..... 
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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with th ..... 
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“I Love to Read” program a Big Success for Kids in Fillmore Central and Lanesboro Schools

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Fillmore Central Community Education, Fillmore Central Schools, Lanesboro Schools, and area businesses partnered up to encourage a reading program for kids in our area. The “I Love to Read” program was introduced this past February during “I L ..... 
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