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FC Board looks at budget cuts, places five teachers on UAL


Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Education

Budget cuts were a major item of discussion for the Fillmore Central School Board at their Tuesday, March 24 meeting. Ideas for reductions have been gathered from staff, board members and administration, and Superintendent Myrna Luehmann presented several ideas for possible cuts.

According to Luehmann, the Budget Committee's goal was to identify cuts of up to five percent in order to be prepared for possible reductions in funding from the state as they deal with their budget deficit.

"The federal stimulus money may come into play," said Luehmann, explaining that the governor will be using that money to backfill cuts that were made in education.

"I think we need to seriously look at five percent," said Luehmann.

The committee identified reductions totalling $262,000. Declining enrollment alone will mean a loss of $100,000 in revenue for next year.

"The bottom line is that we have to do something," said Luehmann. "We try to stay away from academics as much as possible. We have our work cut out for us."

A public meeting will be held in the high school media center on April 14 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and express their ideas on how the budget can be reduced. No decisions on cuts will be made by the board that night.

In anticipation of budget cuts, the board approved a proposal to place five tenured teachers on Unrequested Leave of Absence. The teachers are Jill Eerdmans, Vicki Eide, Frank Tribon, Jackie Whitacre and Dennis Peterson. Luehmann explained that this is the first step, and everything depends on budget decisions.

Also in relation to the 2009/10 budget, the board passed a resolution for the amount of OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) funds they will be receiving for the next three years. The bonds sold will be used to pay retiree health insurance benefits. Some of the money can also be put into the general fund. The funds totalled more than $300,000 over three years.

Custodial Proposal

Head of Maintenance Blaine Moe approached the board with a proposal to bid out custodial work to a private contractor, as was done in the past.

Moe would set up a company to bid on the contract and would hire the crew that now works for the district and start his own company. He is confident that he would have the lowest bid, and that he could save the district around $15,000 a year.

"I'm not afraid of bidding out," said Moe. "Most places only do clean .....
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Fillmore Central music does it again!

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Education

Monday, March 23, marked another success story for the Fillmore Central Music Program. Large Group Contest is an event that the band and choir have been preparing for since before Christmas break. It's like a State Competition for Music, except it's ..... 
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R-P places five teachers on unrequested leave due to budget cuts

Sun, Mar 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

Five probationary status teachers from the Rushford-Peterson elementary and middle school were put on unrequested leaves of absence/non-renewal of contracts for the next school year by the Rushford-Peterson School Board at their March 16 meeting.
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Rushford / Peterson Town Meeting

Sun, Mar 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

On Friday evening, March 27, 2009, citizens from Rushford, Rushford Village, Peterson and the surrounding area are invited to come together in a Town Meeting over a free soup and sandwich supper hosted by the Town Meeting Initiative (TMI) and Southe ..... 
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Kingsland School Board

Sun, Mar 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

What will the Federal Stimulus Money mean to the Kingsland School District? This was the question posed to the School Board on Monday night. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl said that there are some big questions to be answered. There are three main q ..... 
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Lanesboro sets 2009-10 school calendar

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro school year will begin on September 8 next fall, the latest start in recent memory. The Minnesota legislature requires that school districts begin their school year after Labor Day, supposedly to allow northern resorts to benefit from ..... 
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R-P School Board hopeful, yet realistic on budget

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Education



At the district's school board meeting on Monday, February 23, the board discussed their recent meeting with Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes and Representative Greg Davids, where the district was essentially asked to prepare the school budget, ..... 
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Kingsland discusses use of facilities by outside groups

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Education



A major item of discussion at the meeting of the Kingsland Board of Education on Wednesday, February 18, was the question of use of school facilities by civic groups and other organizations.

John Fenske approached the Board asking f ..... 
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Fillmore Central anticipates budget cuts

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

Preston - There was a lot of discussion among the Fillmore Central School Board members at their Feburary 18 meeting about the budget for the upcoming year, possible cuts and how to work with the legislative decisions that are coming up this spring. ..... 
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