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R-P School Board receives audit report


Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Education



Hearing from Darwin Viker of independent auditing firm Larson Allen Weishair, the board received both cautious and positive news at the Monday, October 19th meeting.

The district received a clear audit and only two control deficiencies were noted. The audit also showed an increase in the district's community service fund, food service fund, and general fund while maintaining no debt service. Viker attributed the outcome to experienced personnel on board. There was at least one issue that Viker found which led to the school being shorted approximately $40,000 from the Department of Revenue. The money is contingent until it is received by the district.

While the audit appeared extremely positive, Viker noted, "School districts are facing less money, inflation, and falling enrollment. You've been proactive. Stay ahead of the game." Viker also added that he felt the upcoming vote on a new referendum levy and the recently approved Q-Comp (Quality Compensation for Teachers) would help to mitigate the issue.

As for the district's revenue, it breaks down into percentages that lean very heavily upon state sources: 84.9 percent state sources, 9.5 percent property taxes, 3.1 percent federal sources, and 2.5 percent other sources. In his professional opinion, Viker believes that the state did little to try to balance the books and the district is headed into about a three to four year period of undue financial struggle.

Another positive that came about from the audit was the standing of regular and vocational instruction. Viker believes that the amount, which is more than 4.5 times the statewide average (for regular instruction), shows that the district is getting the dollars efficiently to the classroom where it's needed.

Regarding the district's debt service, which is currently none, Viker cautioned, "It's not necessarily a good thing. It's an indication of your building. You are aware of your needs."

The audit's overall perspective shows that the district is doing the right things and Viker believes that the referendum for the operating levy will only help to stabilize and maintain the current direction of the district.

Chairman John Nitecki questioned how districts could afford to spend roughly $1,064 per student. Viker responded that it was likely through a tax or debt service levy. He added, "The state's not keeping up with the formula. It's a hurdle you'll have to jump. We're not hearing anything. .....
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R-P Referendum detailed at public forum

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Education

With a public audience of eight, representatives from the Rushford-Peterson School Board and administration presented detailed information regarding the operating levy referendum Monday, October 12th, at the R-P Middle School cafeteria in Peterson.< ..... 
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Fillmore Central discusses H1N1 flu

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Education

There was discussion about the possibilities of an outbreak of the H1N1 flu at the recent Fillmore Central School Board meeting. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann gave the board members information on the flu itself, as well as things schools can do to ..... 
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Senator addresses R-P School Board

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Education

Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes was present at the Monday, September 21st, meeting to provide the board with a legislative update. Her message reiterated the current economic status, but it also held some hope in regards to the new school initiative a ..... 
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Chatfield discusses salaries

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, September 21, in the new elementary school media center. All members were present.

Following the approval of the agenda and the accounts, Ms. Patricia Solum, a high school English teacher at Chatfiel ..... 
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Kingsland School Board certified 2010 tax levy

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Education

LEVY CERTIFIED

The Kingsland School Board certified the tax levy for 2010 on Tuesday night. The tax levy is $1,867,654.08 which is a 2.04% increase over the current levy of $1,830,372.15. This year, in an effort to save money, there will not ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves Boggs' tax and levy proposal

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th. One board member was absent.

New Business

The board approved August bills, financial statement ..... 
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How was the Fillmore Central early start?

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

Over the summer, the Fillmore Central School Board approved a major change to the school calendar for the 2009-2010 year. Due to a major project being done at the middle school, Superintendent and K-8 Principal Myrna Luehmann recommended starting th ..... 
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R-P School Board determines referendum amount

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Education

In a nearly vacant room, with the exception of two members of the media and one district teacher, the Rushford-Peterson School Board came together in a special meeting to discuss and determine the fate of a new operating levy on Monday, August 31st. ..... 
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