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Fillmore Central School Board gives final approval


Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board gave the final approval for many changes, additions and reductions in programs and staffing for the 2010-2011 school year. With the move of the seventh and eighth graders to the high school, as well as the needed budget cuts, administration has been working on the schedule and staffing assignments.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann mentioned that the FACS (Family and Consumer Science) teacher, Jill Zmyewski, will be retiring after first semester next year. Her recommendation is not to hire anyone for her position for second semester, see what their needs are and maybe look for a replacement the following fall.

The high school choir position will go from full time to a .8 FTE position. The Media Director position will go from full time to half time. The shop and Ag teacher, Lisa Sackreiter, will have an overload, since she will be taking on the youth service and school-to-work duties that Zmyewski has this year. Her position will be increased to full-time next year. The art position at the high school will also be increased to full-time to accommodate classes for the seventh and eighth graders. They are still looking for a .33 FTE high school phys. ed. teacher, which would be one class per semester. The high school technology assistant will also have an overload.

Board member Deb Ristau asked if it would be better to hire a FACS teacher second semester instead of paying another teacher an overload for her duties. Olstad said that option could be left open.

Luehmann said she felt comfortable with the three percent decrease in the budget, which comes to $200,000. "I don't think it will be worse than that," she said. "Nobody is getting put on ULA, and we're keeping all of our tenured teachers. Not every school has been able to do that."

Board member John Torgrimson, who is on the budget committee, said he also felt comfortable with the numbers. He asked high school Principal Heath Olstad how he felt about the changes.

Olstad said he felt confident. "Are there certain things on that list that I hate to do? Absolutely. But I still think it's a well-rounded K-12 opportunity for our students."

Board member Sue Ostrom asked if all the teachers know where they will be next year. Luehmann said they are still waiting for some Title I money, after which they will know more. There are still some things up in the air. She stated they will probably be shutting down the downstairs bathro .....
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Chatfield contemplates budget cut proposal

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

"We have x amount of dollars to work with," Chatfield School Board Chair Jerry Chase explained to the large group of students and adults who gathered at the board's April 19 meeting to protest placing Chatfield English teacher Patricia Solum on unre ..... 
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R-P School Board postpones cuts in staffing needs

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Monday, April 19th agenda included two resolutions affecting staffing needs for the 2010-2011 school year. Stemming from a work session earlier in the month, district Superintendent Chuck Ehler had recommended changes in five current positions. ..... 
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Fillmore County D.A.R.E. Program

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

In promotion of this year's theme of Healthy Counties, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about our D.A.R.E. Program in Fillmore County.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1983. The co ..... 
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Kingsland School Board strives to meet budget restrictions

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

In a continuing effort to meet budget restrictions, the Kingsland School Board passed a resolution Monday night approving and directing the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions. The following programs and p ..... 
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Local high school makes Walt Disney World their classroom

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Students from Chatfield High School of Chatfield traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort on Friday, March 26, 2010, to take part in the Disney Youth Education Series program (Y.E.S.) "Keepers of the Kingdom at Disney's Animal Kingdom(r)."

E ..... 
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Severe Weather Awareness Week

Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Severe Weather Awareness Week will be observed April 19-23, 2010. Fillmore County Emergency management would like to remind our residents to be aware and prepare for severe weather.

Thursday, April 22nd is statewide Tornado Drill Day. Fillmo ..... 
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Fillmore Central chisels away at transportation and extra-curricular activity costs

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

Decisions are being made and details being worked out in Fillmore Central's budget, which means a lot of changes for the 2010-2011 school year.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann discussed some of the things they have been working out to help sav ..... 
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Farm-to-school efforts double in Minnesota

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

The number of Minnesota school districts purchasing fresh food from local farms has more than doubled in the last 15 months, according to a survey released today by the Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA) and the Institute for Agriculture ..... 
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