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R-P board approves levy increase of 9 percent


Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

Rushford - The Rushford-Peterson school board approved a levy increase for 2008, payable 2009, of 9% or approximately $72,000.

The increase comes about through increases in general expenses and community education, according to superintendent Chuck Ehler.

The board will hear the annual auditor's report at their next monthly meeting, Oct. 20, 5:30.

Ehler, who already has established a track record of looking for a variety of available grants, reported that the district is applying for a fresh fruit and vegetable grant of $15,000-29,000 per year that would require the district to make free fresh fruits and vegetables available to elementary students at times other than the regularly scheduled breakfast and lunch times.

The board also approved reinstating student fees for Family and Consumer Science classes, which were removed last year because of the flood. FCS teacher Erin Thompson recommends keeping high school fees at the former $25, but feels that is too much for middle school students in 6-week classes, more of whom will have FCS class this year because of the elimination of block scheduling.

The board approved Thompson's recommendation that 7th graders pay $15 per student and 8th graders $25 because of their sewing project.

Ehler thanked the teachers at the middle school for their adapting so quickly to the schedule changes this year caused by the move from 80-minute block classes to 50-minute classes.

Ehler said that, as expected, there have been concerns expressed by parents over the amount of homework assigned as teachers adjust to the shorter class periods.

"It will take some time, but I am confident we will find a balance in the amount of homework that is being assigned," Ehler said in his superintendent report.

High school principal Shane McBroom continued his work on changes to the outdated student policy manual by announcing several more changes/additions.

Regarding traffic concerns around the school, McBroom added the following: "Students are expected to abide by local transportation laws around the school. Reckless driving will be reported to police."

Excused absences from school have been expanded to include college visits by juniors and seniors. Also excused will be students whose parents have a concern about "safety due to weather conditions."

McBroom addressed the latest technology in a policy about bullying, which is now prohibited in blogs, .....
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Kingsland School Board discusses 2009 levy

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board met on the evening of Thursday September 11 and took several agenda items under advisement.

The main item was the Board certifying the Proposed Property

Tax Levy for Payable 2009. The actual dollar amount ..... 
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Fillmore Central to study using bonds to pay retiree benefits

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Education

HARMONY - With the 2008-09 school year just a week away, the Fillmore Central School Board met on Tuesday, August 26, in the high school media center to finalize last minute plans for the upcoming school year.

OPEB Bonding

The 2008 M ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson joins Minnesota Schools Food Buy Group

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - At its monthly meeting last Monday, August 25, the Rushford-Peterson School Board approved Superintendent Chuck Ehler's recommendation that the district join a food buying co-op, the Minnesota Schools Food Buy Group, as the most recent co ..... 
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Kingsland School Board meets in new high school

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Education

The first Kingsland School District School Board meeting was held Monday night, August 18 in the new High School cafeteria.

The building Project Update was given by Pat Simpkins of the DLR Group. He said that the project is winding down to ..... 
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Lanesboro Schools looks into security system

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Education

Teenaged boys in orange and black jerseys clustered around the doors of the Lanesboro School on a cool, rainy Thursday evening as the school board gathered inside to address the upcoming year. Fall was in the air.

Principal Brett Clarke pres ..... 
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Fillmore Central sells parcel of land in Harmony

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore Central School Board held a very short special meeting on July 30 to cover a few key issues that couldn't wait until the board's next official meeting on August 26.

The school district recently learned that they owned ..... 
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Fillmore Central bus costs skyrocket

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Transportation costs, community projects, and handbook changes were important issues at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting, held at the middle school on July 21.

After several Transportation Committee meetings over the past ..... 
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R-P's test scores rise in reading and math

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson district made "notable improvement" in its pass rate in both reading and math scores on this year's MCA II tests, according to a report from the Hiawatha Valley Education District (HVED).

The report was presented by sup ..... 
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