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Superintendent Ehresmann's impression of Chatfield Schools


Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Chatfield's new interim superintendent, Greg Ehresmann, was present at the Chatfield school board's monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Agenda items included an update on CCTV, discussion on action by the state legislature, and a report by Superintendent Ehresmann.

Matt Opat, who recently stepped down as the chairman of the City of Chatfield Cable Access Board, started the meeting off with an update on CCTV's broadcasting services via cable television and the internet over the past year. Opat reminded those present that the organization, which started out as a one-man, one-camera operation, is now in its tenth year, with one part-time employee and 30 volunteers bringing over 200 new programs to Chatfield residents annually. In the future, CCTV hopes to include Chatfield students in their programs with student-run broadcasts and slideshows of school news and lunch menus. Opat also pointed out that the CCTV video streaming service online received over 5,700 views in the last year. "You are getting your bang for your buck," Opat told the board, thanking them for their support of CCTV and encouraging their continuing help with the program. Board chair Jerry Chase agreed with Opat concerning the program's value to the community, adding that the board would "definitely stay behind it."

Continuing uncertainty regarding action taken by the state legislature was also an item of discussion. Board member F. Mike Tuohy reported that the issues concerning Chatfield have received good press, adding that those who have read the Rochester Post-Bulletin over the past weeks should have a fairly thorough understanding of the situation. In his report to the board, Superintendent Ehresmann added more information, noting that rumors about the state withholding money from school districts are only partially true. Though the state plans to hold back payments from districts in March and part of April, all money will be repaid to schools by May 30. Ehresmann voiced his confidence that Chatfield would be fine financially despite the payment delay, pointing out that though the district will miss out on about $740,000 for the weeks allotted, their reserve fund of over $1 million will be more than ample to tide the finances over until receiving state funds in May.

Ehresmann also summarized his impressions of Chatfield School District based on his first 25 days as superintendent, assuring the board that the district does "have a good thing going" but .....
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Kingsland discusses a new position

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

In a work session prior to the Kingsland Board of Education meeting, board members discussed the creation of a new position that would have the title of; "Director of Buildings & Grounds." Currently, the district is under contract with a company cal ..... 
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Lanesboro school board ratifies teacher seniority list

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at a few minutes past 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 18th. All board members were present. Chairman David Ruen called the meeting to order. The board ame ..... 
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Congrats to FCMS Band students

Wed, Feb 17th, 2010
Posted in Education

Congratulations to all of the FCMS Band students who performed at the recital on Tuesday, Feb. 16th! YOU WERE FANTASTIC! Over 80% of the students received "top" or Superior ratings, 20 % received Excellent Awards, and there were no "Good" ratings giv ..... 
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Epilepsy Foundation announces scholarships

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is pleased to announce the 2010 call for applications for the Elam Baer and Janis Clay Educational Scholarship program. This program is in its fifth year and has been made possible through the generosity of Elam B ..... 
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What is cyberbullying?

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

It seems cyberbullying is on the rise. Online bullying, called cyberbullying, happens when teens use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Cyberbullying is a problem ..... 
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Fillmore Central hosts Math Wizards competition

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

On Monday, January 18th, Fillmore Central hosted the first Math Wizard's meet of the season. Math Wizards is an academic competition for fifth and sixth grade students. Schools from around the area, including Kingsland, Mabel/Canton, Lanesboro, and S ..... 
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Fillmore Central seeks budget shortfall resolve

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Education

There was a lot of discussion related to the budget at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 25. The board went over a few options they are looking at for cutting about $200,000 from the 2010 budget.

Superintendent Myrna Luehm ..... 
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Chatfield school board makes appointments

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Several Chatfield FFA members, three representatives of R.A. Morton, and the new interim superintendent of Chatfield Public Schools were all special guests at the school board's regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 29, 2010. The meeting also ..... 
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