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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 next year. Discussion of the budget was moved higher in the agenda as Superintendent Darrin Strosahl explained that the Kingsland district, along with other districts in the state is in a serious situation. Reduced state funding of schools is still an unknown factor, that further cuts could be coming, as much as 7%.

"It is necessary to cut $280,000 from the budget now," said Board Chair Mitch Lentz "and the board needs to decide immediately where additional cuts need to be made." To balance the budget a total of $339,313 dollars needs to be cut, "and the board must make their recommendations this week", said Lentz.

The faces were solemn around the room and the tension was reflected in the faces of the Board Members. Initially no action was taken by the Board as they moved on in the agenda past normal housekeeping issues and then the public comment section.

The board room was packed with people, many of them voicing their opinion on the cutting of teacher Brit Ofstedal. Students and parents alike stepped to the microphone and voiced their concern that he was being let go and that the science program would suffer greatly if science is reduced from 2.0 teachers to 1.6. The Board listened as support was shown for Brit Ofstedal, but according to board policy no comments came from the board.

Each year the Board passes a Resolution Calling for Reductions & Discontinuation of Educational Programs & Positions. This was the meeting for that action, and at the top of the list was a Resolution Calling for the Termination & Non-Renewal of Non-Tenured Teacher Contract, Brit Ofstedal. The discussion came slowly at first but eventually the Board was into the question; "do we have to take action on this now?" "Why can't we wait?"

Superintendent Strosahl explained that "it is unfair to Ofstedal to delay in making a decision when he could be looking for another position."

That comment was echoed by Board Chair, Mitch Lentz. "This is the recommendation and the Board has studied the financial issues at a workshop last week." Said Lentz; "You need to make a decision!"

Ideas bounced back and forth around the table. "Can we cut some of the extra circular activities?" said Al Wil .....
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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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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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Lanesboro sets 2009-10 school calendar

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro school year will begin on September 8 next fall, the latest start in recent memory. The Minnesota legislature requires that school districts begin their school year after Labor Day, supposedly to allow northern resorts to benefit from ..... 
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