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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, long-time Bernard Bus driver Lyle Svenningson as the local site manager. In addition, Ready Bus Line is attempting to negotiate with Bernard Bus to rent the bus building located east of the school.

As with any change in a small town, rumors have begun to circulate in regards to student pickups by Ready Bus Line for the 2010-2011 school year. Superintendent Chuck Ehler acknowledged the initial concerns and set the record straight. Per Ehler, Ready Bus Line will continue current bus routes with some minor adjustments. Students outside of the district, as well as those within a two-mile radius of school who were picked up the previous year, will be receiving transportation. Also, arranged are pickups for students residing along Highway 43. Due to high traffic and concerned with safety, Ready Bus Line is looking at the possibility of designated pickup locations, off the main highway, for these students. There is one slight change in pickup times. According to Ehler, times will be cut back so students will not arrive at the school prior to 7:50 am each morning. He hopes to assure both families and the community that the district is looking diligently at the transition process to make it as smooth as possible.

With the conclusion of the MCAII testing, the district has shown marked improvement in the last year with only one area (6th Grade Reading) falling below proficiency levels. All other tested areas, which include math and reading for grades 3-11, scored either at or above state targets. Ehler believes this is an extremely fine representation of the district and shows its right on target.

Board member John Nitecki echoed the sentiment noting where the district was four years prior, with 9 of 14 sections failing proficiency. "It is a testament to administration and staff for their abilities, courage, and hard work. Keep up the good work."

That good work has been rewarded as Superintendent Ehler's contract has been renewed for three years. The contract remains much the same as the 2007-2010 contract with two notable changes. In the first, Ehler will see no change in pay for the 2010-2011 school year, but a 3.5% increase for the two subsequent years. Chairman Daniel Munson noted that the .....
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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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Lanesboro School Board prepares for election

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Education



The Lanesboro School Board met on July 15, and discussed options for creating a family season pass for athletic events.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs said the individual ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children. He said even ..... 
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Statewide Online School Announces Open Enrollment for Fall Quarter

Tue, Jul 13th, 2010
Posted in Education

Minnesota - The Minnesota Center of Online Learning (MCoOL), a program of the Houston Public School District, has announced its open enrollment period for any student living in Minnesota. Students in grades K-12 can enroll until August ..... 
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Sveen receives scholarships

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Winona State University Foundation "Light the Way" Leadership Campaign recently informed Katie A. Sveen of Preston, MN, that she was again selected as the recipient of the Dr. Robert and Barbara Dufresne Scholarship for the amount of $1,000 for the ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves 2010/2011 budget

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann spoke to the school board recently about a referendum in the fall. Luehmann said the last levy, which was for an extra $400 per pupil unit, will be sunsetting this year. It was a ten-year levy, and even ..... 
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International Exchange Students coming to Minnesota this Fall

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

A local Non Profit Exchange Program is inviting local Fillmore County families to host international exchange students for the 2010-2011 school year. The teenage students come from over 30 countries and attend local high schools. The students have t ..... 
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Chatfield School Board recognizes Lyman Hare

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

After fourteen "rewarding" years on the Chatfield School Board, Lyman Hare voted on school issues for the last time as a board member at the school board's regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 21, 2010. Board chairman Jerry Chase thanked Hare, no ..... 
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Bernard Bus Service fights for R-P contract

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

At the Monday, June 21st, school board meeting, Mike Bernard, owner of Bernard Bus Service, and attorney Joe Hammell spoke before the board, contesting the recent bidding process for the district's transportation needs. Ready Bus Line, of LaCrescent ..... 
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