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Rushford-Peterson hears caution from public, board members


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

R-P School board director Jon Pettit highlighted the need for open meeting to discuss the opportunity for a property purchase at the May 18 meeting. Pictured, left to right are directors Pettit, Julie Koop, board chair John Linder, and Superintendent Chuck Ehler. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The Monday, May 18 R-P School Board meeting was limited in agenda mainly to changes in staffing, end of year housekeeping, and approval of both district and Minnesota Department of Education policies. However, both public comment and board member concern on some unrelated items garnered most of the attention. More than 20 people filled the meeting room, in addition to district administration, the board, and media personnel.

During the public comment portion, Judi Tekautz, who has served as athletic trainer for the district since 2000, brought forth concerns of inconsistency and unaccountability by administration. “Administration is no longer doing what is best for our students, instead, it’s doing what looks good. It’s smoke and mirrors.” Tekautz went on to suggest that the district has proceeded to simply check appropriate boxes on certain actions, “With no forethought in how policies are actually affecting the child.”

Tekautz noted that some of the concern stems from issues with her own child, who she argued was caught in a loophole. “I was told, ‘Sorry, it’s not my job to look out for that one.’ When punishment or discipline are changed or rescinded, either it was wrong in the first place or the administration didn’t have the guts to do what was right. I was told, ‘It might make the district look bad.’”

“We focus last on educating the children, and they are children, calling it a ‘learning opportunity.’ Punishments are doled out like the flavor of the week, depending on what looks good, who is complaining, and what your last name is, rather than teaching our children.”

“Do what is best for them, not just what looks good. I firmly belive, that if we move into the new facility, operating as we currently are, it will be no more than, ‘Putting lipstick on a pig.’”

There was no officialy comment to Tekhautz’s concerns.Local resident Brett Kues also had straightforward words for the district relating to an option to purchase additional property adjacent to the site of the new school facility. The district had listed the discussion on the agenda as a closed meeting item, but Kues cautioned that move.

“To discuss the purchase of property, in a closed door meeting, is not allowed,” noted Kues. “If I find out you do and it is closed, I will bring charges.”

“You two (indicating board chair John Linder and Superi .....
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Rushford-Peterson hears caution from public, board members

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Monday, May 18 R-P School Board meeting was limited in agenda mainly to changes in staffing, end of year housekeeping, and approval of both district and Minnesota Department of Education policies. However, both public comment and board member co ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson hears caution from public, board members

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Monday, May 18 R-P School Board meeting was limited in agenda mainly to changes in staffing, end of year housekeeping, and approval of both district and Minnesota Department of Education policies. However, both public comment and board member co ..... 
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Mabel-Canton accepts donations for State Capitol field trip

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met for their regular meeting on May 19, 2015 at 7 pm. Board members Cristal Adkins, Jane Hall, and Mark Weidemann were not present at the meeting. The minutes from the April 21, 2015 meeting were reviewed and ..... 
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Mabel-Canton accepts donations for State Capitol field trip

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met for their regular meeting on May 19, 2015 at 7 pm. Board members Cristal Adkins, Jane Hall, and Mark Weidemann were not present at the meeting. The minutes from the April 21, 2015 meeting were reviewed and ..... 
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College News

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in All Education

Dean’s List/Honors Fall 2014 •Bethel University: Greyson Stocker of Peterson, Samantha Stocker of Peterson. •Gustavus Adolphus College: Bailey Hilgren of Chatfield. •Iowa Lakes Community College: Braden Hahn of Preston, President’s List ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Education

Fillmore Central Public Schools #2198 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and meet nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Meals will be ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Public Schools #2198 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and meet nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Meals will be ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Education

Fillmore Central Public Schools #2198 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and meet nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Meals will be ..... 
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