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R-P marches forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Superintendent Ehler testified before the House Finance Committee, along with board member Angela Colbenson and local businessman Brad Hoiness, February 8 and before the Senate Education Committee, along with Colbenson and board member Greg Smith, February 15. The hope of the presentations was to draw further awareness of and detail the district’s need for a new pre-K through grade 12 facility. The district is hoping for $20 million in funding from the state in order to proceed with a referendum on the new school.

ATS&R, the architect firm selected to assist the school with plans for the facility, met with all school staff members February 16 to gather suggestions and recommendations for the plans.

While the facility of the future is still in question, the district is wasting no time keeping up the paces academically. The school board has approved a thorough, five-year strategic plan for the district. Encompassing 10 goals, under the aim of high student achievement, a safe and welcoming environment, and efficient and effective operations, the plan includes 36 key initiatives as well as specific goal measurement tools.

One state-wide change may certainly be helping those goals, not only for R-P, but other local districts as well. The state of Minnesota’s application for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Standards was approved. According to a document from the Minnesota Department of Education, “Under the federal NCLB Act, many Minnesota schools have been mislabeled as failures – even schools that perform at high levels.” R-P has been at the top of testing performance levels consistently yet has seen repercussions because of the NCLB standards.

Through the waiver, a new accountability system will allow for more accurate measurements of district achievements, as well as allowing the department of education to partner with schools that truly need assistance. Schools will be broken into three designations using four measures of performance including meeting Annual Yearly Progress, growth in each student’s scores, growth in subgroups, and improved graduation rates. The school designations include Reward Schools, which will measure in the top 15 percent, Priority Schools, which will measure in the bottom five percent, and Focus Schools, the 10 percent of schools with the greatest contribution to state gaps.

The district is already gearing up for the annual testing. R-P .....
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Fillmore Central looking to improve technology

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met at noon on February 28. One of the main issues discussed was the future of technology in the district. A technology committee had been created to come up with some ideas for plans to do this, as well as ideas fo ..... 
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SWCD Scholarship deadline fast approaching

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Attention all Fillmore County graduating high school seniors! If you are pursuing a degree in natural resources, agriculture or a related field, the deadline to apply for a $500 scholarship from the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SW ..... 
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Lanesboro horticulture class working on landscaping project

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The talk at the Lanesboro School Board meeting was all about plants on February 16. Two groups from the new horticulture class gave presentations about landscaping projects, and the school board had to decide which one to approve. The first prese ..... 
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College News

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Dean’s List/Honor Rolls •Augsburg College: Kristin Bunge of Preston •Bethel University: Abigail Stocker of Peterson. •UW-LaCrosse: Danielle Kristine Anshus, Hannah R. Hollermann, and Heidi Meyer of Chatfield; Jamie Dylan Mathison of Presto ..... 
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Fillmore Central gets organized for 2012

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Education

At the regular board meeting on January 24, Fillmore Central discussed several items in planning for the new year.

Ross Kiehne will remain the chairperson, and Craig Britton the vice-chair. Deb Ristau is still the clerk, but Shelly Topness ..... 
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Chatfield discusses adequate yearly progress

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Education

The Chatfield Public School Board met for its first meeting of 2012 on January 17. All board members were present for this meeting. The brief meeting's main focus was on analyzing curriculum within the district in order to achieve adequate yearly pr ..... 
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Fillmore Central art students display work

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Education

The current show in the gallery at the Lanesboro Arts Center features student art from local high schools. One of the schools participating is Fillmore Central. Each year Fillmore Central students, along with those from Lanesboro, Chosen Valley, and ..... 
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Kingsland School District approves a levy increase

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board approved a 4.41 increase for the 2012 tax levy at their meeting Monday, December 19.

The board held the state mandated Truth in Taxation public hearing to present the 2012 budget and the proposed levy. Business Man ..... 
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