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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 February 23, the school board voted unanimously to make this major change. With this decision will come many more changes, all in the name of saving money. This year, the district must cut $200,000 from their budget, as they are looking at potentially having three to five percent of their state funds held back by the state.

High School Principal Heath Olstad said the board and administration have been talking about the possibility for a couple of years now. They have faced major budget cuts over the last three years for a number of reasons. Declining enrollment has been a big problem for the smaller schools in Fillmore County, and Fillmore Central has been no exception. Public schools have also been receiving less money from the state each year and have been forced to make large cuts in their already tight budgets.

"Any public school is at the mercy of the state," said Olstad. He added that it will be difficult to say how the schedules will look next year until the state legislature decides their budget. Olstad is hoping they won't have to make any deeper cuts.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said the state legislature will finish up their session near the end of May. She is hopeful that at that time they will know more about what to expect.

"Who knows?" said Luehmann. "They may just leave it, and then we'll be dealing with more tax shifts and unallotments. I wish I had a good feel about what they are going to do, but I don't."

The state is looking at a hefty deficit, and Luehmann is not sure that the next few years look any better. "In the long term, I think we may be dealing with this a good five years, maybe eight to ten."

Luehmann told the board a couple of months ago that moving the seventh and eighth graders would save the district $150,000. There have been questions from the public as to where those savings will come from.

Luehmann explained that one teacher who has retired would not have to be replaced. There are a few teachers right now who travel between the Preston and Harmony sites to teach both middle school and high school students, and this move would cut back on their driving time and costs.

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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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FC School Board votes to move 7th and 8th graders

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

In a unanimous decision, the Fillmore Central School Board has voted to move the seventh and eight graders to the high school building in Harmony for the 2010-2011 school year.

There were several people from the community in attendance to vo ..... 
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