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Second Lanesboro school board meeting of the week


Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Parents packed the room at the July 16 Lanesboro school board meeting in hopes of further discussing the recent hot-button bullying issue, although it was lunch prices, substitute teacher pay, and renewing yearly agreements that dominated the meeting (a special meeting focusing on the bullying issue was held the previous Tuesday night).

The meeting began with the approval of previous bills, payrolls, financial statement, and the treasurer's report, all of which were approved unanimously without any discussion. The next topic on the agenda was on health and safety. The approval of that would ensure the school could change electrical outlets, fire detectors, be inspected by the IEA, and have a mock-OSHA run through (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). It was swiftly and unanimously approved by the board.

The board agreed to accept Ziebell's Hiawatha Foods bid to sell milk to the school. It was noted that milk prices this year are slightly lower than last year's, due to more inexpensive milk and lower diesel gas prices for deliveries. Ziebell's held the school's milk contract for the 2008-09 school year as well. The school board also accepted the bid of Jack Konrad/Sara Lee for supplying bread. The school's cooks noted they would like to start providing whole-wheat white bread, which Sara Lee provided, while Wonder Bread (the competing bidder) did not.

The board decided that the school breakfast and lunch prices would remain the same for the 2009-10 school year as they were for the 2008-09 school year, due to the lower prices of food and to make it a little easier for financially-stressed parents. Many other schools in the district, it was noted, are raising their prices to help combat debt. Also remaining the same this school year is the pay for substitute teachers, who will be paid $100 per day plus mileage.

The board unanimously approved the personnel agreements, and renewed the school's membership in the Hiawatha Valley Ed. (HVED), a $54,000 per year membership that superintendent Jeff Boggs described as "well worth it." The price per year is based on the number of students in HVED's district.

During the "patron comments" of the portion, one concerned community member questioned the 11th grade standardized test math scores, which were recently published and were among the lowest in the area. The board promised the issue was going to be addressed at the next meeting. Another woman further questioned t .....
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Fillmore Central School Board proposed 2009/10 budget

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Education

Many decisions were made for the 2009-2010 school year at the recent Fillmore Central School Board meeting on June 23rd. There were also some changes made to the teachers. The board accepted a resignation from Charlene Grabau, a part-time custodian. ..... 
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Lanesboro parents and school contend with bullying

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

Over 30 concerned parents and community members packed into a small office in the Lanesboro Public School Thursday, June 18 to share their opinions and worries on the topic of bullying. Although there were many other items on the agenda for the scho ..... 
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Kingsland School Board

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board meeting started off on a very positive note as a major contribution from the Kingsland Booster Club was made. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl accepted the check of $20,000 from Booster Club member, Steve Tammel. Strosahl th ..... 
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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 el ..... 
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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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