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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 thanked student winners in events such as speech, Knowledge Bowl, spring sports, and even horse-judging, "for representing Rushford-Peterson in such a positive manner."

The board accepted resignations from Carolyn Johnson (lunchroom) and assistant football coach, Glen Bernard.

Bernard has been with the district since 1974. Ehler offered his thanks and recognition for Bernard's years of service.

"It's not the wins and losses," Ehler said of Bernard. "It's the impact he's had on our student athletes."

The board also accepted a leave of absence request from Emily Johnson and approved hiring Luke Rye as assistant football coach.

Community Education director, Beth Theede, reported that the district's Lille By Preschool recently met and exceeded its goal of "increasing enrollment of 3 & 4 year olds" by more than doubling enrollment for next year.

Following the meeting, the board and superintendent had scheduled an open community forum to review the state of funding and a facilities update.

Despite all the doom and gloom in the funding arena, or maybe because of it, Ehler is proposing a Facilities Task force to be comprised of parents, community members, staff members and students.

Applications for those wishing to volunteer were available at the meeting and can still be obtained through the district office.

Ehler had a presentation prepared for the open forum that updated citizens on the American Recovery Package and what it would mean for R-P.

Unfortunately, construction money was removed from the package, dashing hopes of seeking funding for a new school building.

The district will receive a total of $176,786 in "stimulus" funds over the next two years. Half must go into the general fund and half to new initiatives, according to Ehler.

Ehler discussed the uncertainty of state funding and how the Legislative timing is unfortunate for local planning processes.

There is always hope, however. According to Ehler, Congressman Tim Walz "remains a strong advocatefor Rushford-Peterson, as well as for education" and is championing our New School Initiative by helping to connect us with potential funding."

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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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R-P School Board hopeful, yet realistic on budget

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Education



At the district's school board meeting on Monday, February 23, the board discussed their recent meeting with Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes and Representative Greg Davids, where the district was essentially asked to prepare the school budget, ..... 
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