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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 their LGA (Local Government Aid) funding.

The cuts made in the athletic department included decreasing the late buses in half. There will be only one bus going from site to site, which is a decrease of $6,000. There was a ten percent decrease in the athletic supply and equipment budget. Both Cross Country and Cheerleading were eliminated due to low numbers. The board increased the price of season passes, as well as the extra-curricular fees. The board agreed to increase the family cap on fees to $300.

At the high school, the FFA and band summer days were decreased, the social studies department was decreased by .33 FTE, the library paraprofessional hours were decreased to 20 per week, and project fees will be charged for arts, foods, science and agriculture classes.

The summer hours for the elementary and middle school office staff will be decreased by 13 days. The position of library paraprofessional will be eliminated, and they will keep the media specialist for both sites.

Special Education IDEA stimulus funds will be used to keep two social workers at FTE in the district. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said this may only be for another year that the district can afford both of them. Custodial supplies and board salaries were reduced, and the district will reduce the general fund support of Community Ed. by $20,000.

Board member John Torgrimson noted that they don't know what will happen with the legislature yet, and the budget may have to be revisited after they convene.

"It's difficult to make any cuts but I think we have reached a pretty good consensus," said Torgrimson.

Staffing Changes

The board accepted the resignations of both Gary Feine and Leroy Wendell. Feine teaches at the middle school and has taught at Fillmore Central for 33 years. Wendell teaches Social Studies at the high school and has been in the district for 13 years. The board thanked them for their years of service to the district.

Feine's position will not be filled, but will be taken by an elementary school teacher. The third grade will be down to two sessions next year instead of three. A replacement for Wendell may save the district some money as well.

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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
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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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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 ..... 
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R-P places five teachers on unrequested leave due to budget cuts

Sun, Mar 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

Five probationary status teachers from the Rushford-Peterson elementary and middle school were put on unrequested leaves of absence/non-renewal of contracts for the next school year by the Rushford-Peterson School Board at their March 16 meeting.
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Rushford / Peterson Town Meeting

Sun, Mar 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

On Friday evening, March 27, 2009, citizens from Rushford, Rushford Village, Peterson and the surrounding area are invited to come together in a Town Meeting over a free soup and sandwich supper hosted by the Town Meeting Initiative (TMI) and Southe ..... 
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Kingsland School Board

Sun, Mar 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

What will the Federal Stimulus Money mean to the Kingsland School District? This was the question posed to the School Board on Monday night. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl said that there are some big questions to be answered. There are three main q ..... 
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