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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.

The basics of why the increase in the operating levy is needed, in addition to how the funds are spent, were put forth with a power-point presentation from Superintendent Chuck Ehler and community education director Beth Theede.

• Local taxpayers in over 91 percent of school districts have this type of referendum.

• Current K-12 funding is not enough to cover costs.

• It will support meaningful opportunities for students such as music, band, choir, and art instruction for grades 2-12, daily physical education for elementary students, business courses, school-to-work and community service options, as well as maintain partnerships for post secondary enrollment options.

• It will also maintain the current all-day, every-day kindergarten program for which the state provides only 60 percent of funds.

• The levy will help maintain low class size. The current teacher to student average ratio is 1-19.

• It will continue to help students improve test scores, with the district already boasting some of the highest MCA II test scores in southeastern Minnesota.

• 60 percent of revenue is spent on instructional related services. 13 percent on student support services, eight percent on food and community services, 12 percent maintenance, and seven percent on administration.

District revenues are continuously and constantly changing. The district is currently subject to a 27 percent withholding. Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes recently expressed to the district that she doesn't know if and where the state will be able to find that 27 percent. The district also loses funding to compensate for flood loss at the end of this year, a $158,000 amount.

With the current levy set to expire June 30th, 2012, the board has opted to ask for a $100 increase to the current $840 per student for a period of 10 years. The net effect per property value is charted below. It is critical that agriculture property owners are aware that their property will be assessed by house, garage, and one acre only.

Taxable Market Increase/ Increase/

Value Year Month

$50,000 $18 $1.50

$100,000 $35 $2.92

$125,000 $44 .....
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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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FCHS marching band playing at the first home football game

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Education

Don't miss your chance to see the 2009 FCHS Marching Band in action at the first home football game on Friday, Sept. 11th! The 82-member marching band will perform the first selection from their fall show, entitled, "ROCK REWIND." Selections include ..... 
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