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Lanesboro follow-up meeting regarding bullying


Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Concerned parents, faculty, and community members attended a special meeting on July 14th to further discuss the topic of bullying in the Lanesboro Public Schools. The issue spurred much debate and discussion at the last school board meeting on June 18, and the follow-up meeting was scheduled for the school to inform the public on their plans to address the issue, as well as opening the floor to suggestions and ideas from the public.

Jeff Boggs, Lanesboro Public Schools superintendent, said, "What we are discovering, or what seems to continue to happen, is we keep having these incidents. They come up, and we make some changes and then we have another incident. So we make some changes, and we have another incident. So what we want to do tonight is try and find some solutions to help us keep curbing those incidents or-I don't know if we'll ever get to a point where we'll stop it 100%. That would be a wonderful goal, but it seems we're having too many, and we need to do a better job in reigning these things in and getting things under control for lack of a better word."

This is not the first time the Lanesboro Public Schools have dealt with the issue of bullying. It was also brought up at a school board meeting in the spring of 2008, with a follow-up meeting held later that summer. James Semmen, elementary school principal, and Brett Clarke, high school principal, both shared some of the policy changes related to bullying that they made in the 2008-09 school year due to that follow-up meeting.

For the high school, changes included additional supervising in the lunchroom, six days of grant-funded staff training on positive intervention, and school-wide expectations on appropriate student behavior. Semmen reported some of the many changes in the middle school, including the use of two-way radios between playground supervisors and himself to better deal with bad behavior, going over the handbook thoroughly, the Principal Semmen actually joining the kindergarten-2nd graders and 5th-6th graders during their recess to better address behavior right on the spot.

The school also plans on initiating a new program entitled "Second Steps" for pre-school through eighth graders. The grant-funded program has been described as "very interactive," and staff left the training feeling inspired and motivated. The program will focus on three topics-empathy training, emotion management, and problem solving. The Second Steps program will begin thi .....
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Second Lanesboro school board meeting of the week

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Parents packed the room at the July 16 Lanesboro school board meeting in hopes of further discussing the recent hot-button bullying issue, although it was lunch prices, substitute teacher pay, and renewing yearly agreements that dominated the meetin ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board proposed 2009/10 budget

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Education

Many decisions were made for the 2009-2010 school year at the recent Fillmore Central School Board meeting on June 23rd. There were also some changes made to the teachers. The board accepted a resignation from Charlene Grabau, a part-time custodian. ..... 
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Lanesboro parents and school contend with bullying

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

Over 30 concerned parents and community members packed into a small office in the Lanesboro Public School Thursday, June 18 to share their opinions and worries on the topic of bullying. Although there were many other items on the agenda for the scho ..... 
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Kingsland School Board

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board meeting started off on a very positive note as a major contribution from the Kingsland Booster Club was made. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl accepted the check of $20,000 from Booster Club member, Steve Tammel. Strosahl th ..... 
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Unexpected news at R-P School Board Meeting

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

While the majority of the Monday, June 15, meeting was coupled with a casual atmosphere and moments of laughter, as to be expected at the end of a school year, there was also a surprising turn of events.

After a closed meeting to evaluate el ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses project funding

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board decided to go ahead with a large and much-needed project at the Middle School at their May 26 meeting. Aaron Hess from A&F Consulting spoke to the board about the HVAC project and the air quality study that was rece ..... 
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Frustration and pride for R-P School Board

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

In a topic that was also recently present on the city council agenda, R-P Community Education director Beth Thede presented comments on the city's suggestion that Community Education absorb the summer ball schedule. The program has always been run b ..... 
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Lanesboro accepts Fillmore Central dissolution of contract for cooperative Cross Country program

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

On May 31, Lanesboro will celebrate 31 graduates. The community will be busy with parties and open houses to honor these successful young people. The teachers and school administrators get invited to share in much of the celebration after knowing so ..... 
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