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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 late summer vacations. The Lanesboro School Board supported that decision at their Thursday, March 18 meeting, although reluctantly. The consensus of the board was that September 8 is too late a start and that it will impact negatively on Spring, as school will discharge on June 4, with graduation scheduled for June 6.

Board member Steve Snyder said that while he understands the idea behind family vacations, this is "putting our priorities backward, with education taking a back seat."

Board member Linda Sifford agreed, saying that "youth who want work will not be available until mid-June. It impacts horribly."

The board passed the resolution with the contingency that they would change the school calendar if the legislature repealed its decision. In that case, the school year would begin on September 1 and finish on May 28.

Community Garden

Sally Gehrke of Sustainable Dreams Greenhouse attended the meeting to ask if the school district had any space to donate for use as a community garden, possibly somewhere near the football field. Gehrke said she would coordinate the garden using an "honor system" and envisions 12' by 12' plots that people would sign up for. She would plow the site and donate seeds where needed.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs said he wasn't sure what space would be available as most of the site is used for football games or practice. He said that he would investigate and get back to Gehrke.

Other Business

• Board member Sara Decker, who is on the district's Economic Development Committee, reported on attending the Lanesboro Economic Development Authority meeting. She said the primary aim is to try and find new occupants for the grocery store.

• The board approved spring sports contracts: Track - Tom Hatleli, Andy Bunge, Lori Anderson, Brett Clarke, Eric Bunge, and Matt Kevan; Golf - Tom Smith and Mike Wilford.

• The Scholarship Banquet is scheduled for Sunday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Eagle Bluff. Amy Hazel, a graduate of Lanesboro, will be the guest speaker.

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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Lanesboro School Board hears about successful Spanish trip

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

Spanish teacher Chris Knutson briefed the Lanesboro School Board at their February 19 meeting on the recent Spanish trip to Southwest Texas. Knutson and teacher Dave Rogers chaperoned the trip.

Thirty eight Sophomore and Junior students left ..... 
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Nitecki to lead R-P school board again

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Education



John Nitecki will continue for a fourth year as chairman of the Rushford-Peterson school board, but says it will be his last consecutive year as he believes the position should rotate more regularly. Board member Daniel Munson nominated Nite ..... 
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Fillmore Central refinances building bonds

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Education



HARMONY - Fillmore Central's new school board passed a resolution involving the sale of general obligation bonds. Money from the bonds will refinance $1,395,000 in debt service on the elementary school. The bonding will reduce the tax levy b ..... 
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Fillmore Central celebrates Sno Daze

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Education



When it comes to events at Fillmore Central High School, three stand out above the rest: Homecoming, Prom, and Sno Daze. During the week of January 26-30 Fillmore Central students celebrated Sno Daze. This is a week in the middle of the year ..... 
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Kingsland Board meets for first time in 2009

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Education

The new school board members found their places around the meeting table as the first meeting with the new members in attendance got underway. Members Peggy Merkel, Al Williams and Kristin Beck received their indoctrination into conducting the busin ..... 
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