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Kingsland Board of Education workshop focuses on next year's budget


Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

"Your homework assignment was to bring in proposals to balance the budget," said Board Chairman Mitch Lentz addressing the Kingsland Board of Education.

The workshop session of the Kingsland Board of Education Monday night was consumed with discussions of the budget for the coming year and the lack of funds to balance it. Again, board members discussed the creation of two principal positions along with that of a superintendent to replace Darrin Strosahl who is leaving that position.

Strosahl presented charts, graphs, spreadsheets and handouts that showed the budget is going to be $97,243 short for 2010-2011, probably more. He said that the shortfall could be as much as $200,000 additionally if funding is reduced five percent.

Mitch Lentz said, "I am in favor of one superintendent and two principals."

Kristin Beck commented, "I would be in favor of cuts in the administration rather that in the classroom."

Mike Zimmer added, "I think we need to plan for reductions between three and five percent and hope for three percent in addition to $97,243."

"We all have an understanding and we know what needs to be done," said Lentz.

Deb Dahl also said, "I would be in favor of two principals and one superintendent."

Mike Zimmer suggested, "Relocate the superintendent to the middle school in Wykoff and put a dean and principal here."

Kristin Beck asked, "Can we share a superintendent with another district?"

"The need to make reductions of five percent scares me," Dahl commented.

Mike Zimmer was concerned about capital improvements costs as there will be a need for a plow truck, tractor and eventually a bus.

"Maybe we could have a volunteer principal," Dahl remarked, and added, "What would be the cost to share a superintendent?"

"Depends of what you pay them," said Superintendent Strosahl.

Dahl, "What's our timeline on making a decision?"

Strosahl, "Quickly, because of the school year coming to a close and no one will come in to make less. You might look at an interim for a year."

Kristin Beck, "How do we bring kids back in? We need more than a school, we need to work with the cities to attract more people here. There has to be more than a school to attract people here."

The attention switched to some board members prodding the administration to come up with ways to trim the budget.

Peggy Merkel commented, "I have no idea of what .....
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Fillmore Central's big changes

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

Starting next school year, there will be numerous changes made at Fillmore Central Schools. There will no longer be a middle school in Preston, as the seventh and eighth graders are moving to the high school building.

During their meeting on ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson middle school honor roll 2nd quarter

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

A Honor Roll

Grade 6

Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O'Hare, Rachel O'Shaughnessy, Morgan Vitse, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter.

Grade 7

Jordan Agrimson, Joshua Agrimson, ..... 
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Historic Forestville announces summer camp scholarship

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

Step into the past and don the apron of a shopkeeper in the general store, measure out fabric and medicines, create a storekeeper's secret code. Tend to the garden/field and chickens, saw and carry in wood for the wood burning stove. Bake cookies in ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up information meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 18th, at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary media center. Please use the elementary ..... 
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Facebook class in Chatfield

Wed, Mar 3rd, 2010
Posted in Education

As social media marketing continues to explode in use, the Lanesboro Area Chamber is working to set up a Facebook for our community. The Chamber is also exploring offering a Facebook class this year. Here is a nearby opportunity for you to consider. ..... 
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Arizona couple wills $125,000 to Upper Iowa University

Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Education

FAYETTE, Iowa (February 25, 2010) - Upper Iowa University is the recent recipient of a $125,000 gift from the estate of La Vonne I. Gutches, wife of the late William F. Gutches, a 1929 graduate of UIU. Upper Iowa will establish an endowed annual scho ..... 
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Minnesota teacher wins national human rights award

Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Education

Eagan, Minn., March 1: A Twin Cities teacher who came to the United States as a young girl unable to speak English has become the first educator from Minnesota to win a prestigious human rights award from the National Education Association (NEA).
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Upper Iowa University named to 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Education

FAYETTE, Iowa (March 1, 2010)-Upper Iowa University has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service- ..... 
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