"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | > | >>

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 recently done.

Hess explained that inspections were done and efficiency checked in every room at the middle school. They also checked the levels of carbon dioxide in each room.

According to Hess there were some air quality deficiencies, including a lack of fresh air, not enough exhaust, pollutants, and carbon dioxide levels that were too high.

There were also some equipment concerns, as the building was built in 1959 and still has all the original equipment. The steam lines are eroding, the unit ventilators are below today's standards, and the controls are failing.

Hess also pointed out the two boilers need increasing repairs every year, which costs the district a lot of money.

The benefits of improving the air quality and going ahead with the new HVAC system include reduced absenteeism for staff and students, better productivity, and a decrease in health risks, including asthma. Hess assured the board that the pollutants in the air were not at a dangerous level.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.95 million. Jim Schmidt from Springstead explained the different ways the district has of financing such a large project. There is the Alternative Facilities Bonding Program, which is a program the district can use one time only. Schmidt explained the program will spread the levying money over a period of time, which will offset existing levies and have a low impact on taxes.

The Facilities Committee looked at the project and the costs. Board member John Torgrimson believed the project was a good idea, as it could extend the life of the building. He also felt the bonds were the most efficient way for the school to pay for the project.

Sue Ostrom agreed, noting that Fillmore Central had not used this program before and should take advantage of it. Sue Sikkink asked if they had also looked at the high school building, and Hess said they have done some work at the high school already.

Schmidt explained the district must accept or reject the Review and Comment from the Department of Education for the use of the Alternative Facilities Bonds. He recommended they start bidding in November or December so they can get on schedule to have the proj .....
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

$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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Fillmore Central music does it again!

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Education

Monday, March 23, marked another success story for the Fillmore Central Music Program. Large Group Contest is an event that the band and choir have been preparing for since before Christmas break. It's like a State Competition for Music, except it's ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | > | >>