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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 many of these kids and their families throughout their entire K-12 careers.

The school board members all agreed that congratulations were in order for the girls golf team; the track team which came in second in state competition, no small achievement for a team that has no official "track" but practices its long runs in the country; and the Fine Arts Group for its well received musical production, School House Rock.

For some years, many sports activities, wrestling, track, baseball and softball, have been shared with Fillmore Central. This year Fillmore Central has asked to dissolve the cooperative program in Cross Country, citing lack of participation and expense. The Lanesboro school board agreed to accept the dissolution contract and to continue the Cross Country program independently for one year and at that time, evaluate the cost and benefit of continuing. It is felt that Cross Country is a good program for those who want to participate in track in the spring.

The board agreed to maintain its Worker's Comp coverage with SFM Ins. Co, as they have for several years now. They accepted other bids and only one came close. Having established a business relationship with SFM, the cost they can offer reflects the low number of claims that have been presented.

James Semmen offered the Elementary Principal's report and spoke about NCLB and current federal funding supplements that are being considered or pursued. Of ten or more Title programs, only 3 are feasible for this school district and the grant proposal is due to be submitted by June 30. The dollar amount to be offered is undefined as yet and information offered to the school district changes regularly as government budgets change. There is a new one-time Federal stimulus grant that is designed to create jobs and improve student achievement. State funding dollars are being deferred, perhaps a few months as part of the state budget adjustment, but Lanesboro schools have enough money saved to cover the deferment without having to cut services or borrow money.

The school hasn't exact numbers for next year's kindergartners but anticipate 20-25 as in years past.

The class of 2009 graduates and soon enough, 20 fr .....
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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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$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
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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