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R-P School Board seeks continuity in prepareation for referendum


Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Education

At the Monday, August 17th meeting, the board diligently sought to find a clear, collective strategy in the goal for a new or improved operating levy referendum. The current levy, which was adopted in 2002 in the amount of $840 per pupil, is set to expire June 30th, 2012. At the time it was passed, there was no option for an inflationary clause, a measure that would have provided much needed revenue to the district.

The Rushford-Peterson district is currently facing several financial setbacks including a 27 percent withholding in state funding until July 1, 2010. This is coupled with the upcoming loss of flood and transportation funding totaling $158,000. While the district is not currently in Statutory Operating Debt, Superintendent Chuck Ehler was quick to note, "We wouldn't survive without the (2002) levy." In reference to the district's frequent budget savings he added, "Stringent measures take the heart out of what your doing, but we'll continue to turn those rocks over."

Statewide in Minnesota, 90.3 percent of districts will be receiving referendum revenue for the 2009-2010 school year. The average referendum revenue per pupil is $827. In comparison to other local districts of similar size, there are five districts which top Rushford-Peterson. The highest of these receives $1,388 per pupil. Schools such as Caledonia, Chatfield, and Kingsland all have new buildings, but have lower operating revenues ($726, $351, and $301 respectively). This prompted some questions as to why districts with new buildings can afford to have lower operating revenue.

Ehler noted the differences. In those cases, the school facility is far more efficient. He went on to explain that in the Rushford facility alone, heating costs easily reach $20,000 per month. Another key piece is that those districts not only have an operating levy, but a separate levy for their building. This is essentially, a "double whammy."

In an effort to "educate the public for our future" and "maintain positive perception," the board set forth a list of benefits of an increased levy amount. The most critical of these was to continue current high-level, educational processes, including retention of quality staff and maintaining optimal class ratios. Another obvious need is the maintenance of the aging Rushford school facility. However, several board members were quick to add that the levy goes into the general fund for operational expenditures and cannot be used for a ne .....
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Graduating seniors fair well in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

In Fillmore County, the communities have always been very supportive of their schools and the students who graduate from them. Businesses, organizations, and individuals pull together to help these kids be successful in life by giving them some mone ..... 
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Chatfield school finances looking good

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board meeting was held July 20 in the high school media center. The first item of business involved four Chatfield Girl Scout students-ninth graders Merissa Wellman, Kayla Nelson, Danielle Felstead, and Shoshana Kosnopfal. The f ..... 
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Fillmore Central teacher pay freeze?

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

At a short meeting on July 28, the Fillmore Central School Board adopted some new policies and made some changes to others. They also approved some changes to the Root River Program handbook, as well as the High School handbook.

Superintende ..... 
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Kingsland, Fillmore Central, Chatfield above average

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

In the July 20 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, I dissected the 2009 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test scores for mathematics and reading for all six Fillmore County area school districts.

From that information, sorted and f ..... 
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"Time is of the essence" for R-P School Board

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

A bump in the road to finding a new principal for the district was one of the key topics at the Monday, July 20th, meeting. The district has attempted to be ultra-proactive in both finding the person best suited for the district opening and in utili ..... 
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Strosahl discusses Kingsland's future

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

It was one of the longer school board meetings on Monday night as board members for the Kingsland School District waded through the monthly bills and other housekeeping chores.

High on the list of discussion was a presentation by Superintend ..... 
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How is your school performing?

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Since 2006, the Minnesota Department of Education has administered the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for students, teachers and administrators to identify areas of proficiency along with opportunities for improvement.

With th ..... 
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Lanesboro follow-up meeting regarding bullying

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Concerned parents, faculty, and community members attended a special meeting on July 14th to further discuss the topic of bullying in the Lanesboro Public Schools. The issue spurred much debate and discussion at the last school board meeting on June ..... 
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