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Fillmore Central School Board meets with Representative-elect Davids


Fri, Dec 26th, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Representative-elect Greg Davids spoke to the Fillmore Central School Board during their regular meeting on December 22. Davids, a former Representative, will once again be representing southeast Minnesota at the capitol in January.

Davids came to talk about the state of the economy and answer questions from the board members.

"I wish I was bringing you the $2.2 billion surplus we had two years ago," he said.

Right now, the state's budget has a $4.6 - 4.8 billion shortfall for 2009-2010. But that number doesn't account for inflation, according to Davids. "It also factors a rosy forecast for Capital Gains tax collection," said Davids. He explained that a good Capital Gains tax depends on an upswing in the stock market, and he doesn't think that money will be there. He believes the deficit will be closer to seven billion dollars.

Davids mentioned the $4.7 billion deficit the state had in 2003. At that time, the state had other funds to help balance the budget, including a rainy-day fund that helped them out.

"This is a different ball game," said Davids. "I need your help, and I'm asking for it tonight."

Many people have suggested taxing the rich to get more revenue for the state. Davids said when the rich are taxed, the revenues actually go down. He said that lowering taxes actually brings more money for the treasury.

"The question is what kind of tax can we get the most revenue from without hurting us down the road," said Davids.

In January, Governor Pawlenty has to present the final budget. "It's going to be very, very difficult," said Davids. "You can't tax your way out of it, and you can't cut your way out."

Board member John Torgrimson asked about cuts in K-12 education, which covers 40 percent of the total state budget.

Davids said that while there will most likely be some cuts in education, he feels that Health and Human Services will have more cuts.

"There could be some cuts," he said. "I don't see how we're going to get around it."

Ron Stevens asked if it was possible to change anything so local school boards could have more authority to work with the budgets. "We're kind of limited to what we can do, said Stevens. "Our hands are tied."

Davids agreed that local people have a lot more understanding of what's going on than anyone else. He suggested that there are some policy issues, and he would be willing to look into anything that would .....
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R-P school officials meet with Walz regarding funding

Fri, Dec 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

Tough times call for tough measures, and the Rushford-Peterson school district is going on the offensive to seek school funding, while at the same time practicing good old-fashioned belt-tightening.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler, board member D ..... 
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Kingsland recognizes retiring school board members

Fri, Dec 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

It was the end of the year for the Kingsland School Board and members recognized the retiring members, Robert Grabau, Jane Baker and Tom Kaase at the December 15 meeting. Baker has a total of 8 years along with Tom Kaase also with 8 years. Robert Gr ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves bond sale for retiree benefits

Fri, Nov 28th, 2008
Posted in Education

HARMONY - The Fillmore Central School Board approved the sale of general obligation (Other Post Employment Benefits) bonds totalling $1,180,000 at their November 25 meeting. The bonds will be used to pay retiree benefits over the next 20 years, free ..... 
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Lanseboro School Board discusses test results

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Education

At its regular meeting on November 20, the Lanesboro school board discussed the results of 11th grade scores on math in MCA state standard testing, with scores falling slightly below a statewide average of 30-percent. Seventh and Eighth graders did ..... 
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Kingsland School Board holds November meeting

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Education

Spring Valley - The Kingsland School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday, November 17 at the Kingsland High School District Conference Room. No changes were made to the agenda and it was approved.

In an effort to go paperless at futur ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson school board looks at district goals at monthly meeting

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Education

It was a time to get philosophical as the Rushford-Peterson school board discussed district goals at the last regular meeting, November 17.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler had previously informed the board that staff had been surveyed for their t ..... 
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Fillmore Central to bond for retiree benefits

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore Central School Board passed a resolution to set the sale of OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) Bonds at its October 28 meeting. The bonds will be used to pay for retirees' health insurance for the next 20 years. The 2008 Mi ..... 
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Students celebrate healthy choices during Red Ribbon Week

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Education

A swarm of kids dressed from head-to-toe in red flooded the halls at Fillmore Central last Wednesday. Fortunately, it's not a crazy new style trend or due to a mishap in the cafeteria; the students were in the midst of a week long celebration called ..... 
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