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Unexpected news at R-P School Board Meeting


Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

While the majority of the Monday, June 15, meeting was coupled with a casual atmosphere and moments of laughter, as to be expected at the end of a school year, there was also a surprising turn of events.

After a closed meeting to evaluate elementary/middle school Principal Joel Hovland, the board reconvened with an open meeting. At that time, the board received and accepted the principal's resignation. Hovland was frequently hailed by the administration and board in previous meetings, and his passion for his role as an educator and concern for his students was always prevalent. He had accepted the position with the district in early August of 2007.

Hovland shared with the board that "after much soul searching and anguish, he had come to the conclusion that his style of leadership is not compatible with R-P Schools and that it was in his best interest to make a career change." He then thanked the board for "opportunities afforded to him during his tenure" and was "appreciative of the opportunities to work with some of the greatest kids in America." Hovland expressed his "admiration and respect for the students, staff, school, and communities and wished everyone the best success in the years to come."

A written press release from Superintendent Chuck Ehler, dated June 16th, stated that the board had received and accepted the resignation. Hovland was thanked for his two years of service and assistance with flood recovery efforts. On behalf of student, staff, and the board, Ehler extended "best wishes to Hovland as he moves forward with his future endeavors."

The district's search for a replacement will commence promptly with hopes of completing the selection and interview process by July 20th.

Grants for 2009

With the state's financial decisions for the year still to be announced, the district is thankful to be the recipient of several grants, the first being the General Mills Foundation Grant. In the amount of $10,000, it is to be used in the implementation of a combination of exercise and nutrition curriculum aimed at motivating children to be active and to generate positive nutrition choices. A registered dietitian will assist the district in meeting grant guidelines and criteria. The grant also allows the district to use 50% of the funds for the purchase of additional equipment should it choose to do so.

A partnership with St. Mary's University, particularly K-12 Technology Curriculum Infusion, is of .....
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses project funding

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board decided to go ahead with a large and much-needed project at the Middle School at their May 26 meeting. Aaron Hess from A&F Consulting spoke to the board about the HVAC project and the air quality study that was rece ..... 
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Frustration and pride for R-P School Board

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

In a topic that was also recently present on the city council agenda, R-P Community Education director Beth Thede presented comments on the city's suggestion that Community Education absorb the summer ball schedule. The program has always been run b ..... 
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Lanesboro accepts Fillmore Central dissolution of contract for cooperative Cross Country program

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

On May 31, Lanesboro will celebrate 31 graduates. The community will be busy with parties and open houses to honor these successful young people. The teachers and school administrators get invited to share in much of the celebration after knowing so ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves budget cuts

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School board approved budget cuts for 2009 totaling $224,485 during their meeting on April 28. The budget committee had been working together to come up with a way to trim the budget five percent in anticipation of a cut in thei ..... 
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$280,000 cut from Kingsland budget

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Education



"If we cut 280 thousand dollars more from the budget, this won't look like a school!"

Such was the comment of School Board member Kristin Beck at Monday's Kingsland School Board meeting during discussions surrounding the budget for n ..... 
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R-P District tries for optimism during rough financial times

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Education



After about 45 minutes of principal, superintendent and community education reports, the Rushford-Peterson school board got to its business during the April 20 monthly meeting.

During the reports, superintendent Chuck Ehler repeatedly ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board supports staff training

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
Posted in Education



The Lanesboro School Board at their Thursday, April 16 meeting, approved a measure that would allow teaching staff to attend special training provided by the Hiawatha Valley Education District in August. Staff will be able to trade one works ..... 
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FC Board looks at budget cuts, places five teachers on UAL

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Education

Budget cuts were a major item of discussion for the Fillmore Central School Board at their Tuesday, March 24 meeting. Ideas for reductions have been gathered from staff, board members and administration, and Superintendent Myrna Luehmann presented s ..... 
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