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R-P halts unnecessary spending


Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

With the end of yet another school year closing in, Superintendent Chuck Ehler suggested the school board place a moratorium on any non-additional spending for the remainder of the fiscal year. State aid cuts are still hovering and the district hopes to spare itself as much of a cushion as possible, without sacrificing quality programs and events already in place.

In other news, the district has nearly completed the registration process for the 2011-2012 school year. A notable change to the endeavor was the removal of the "pre" registration phase, which caused issues in the spring of 2010, as students, parents, and staff found classes cut due to lack of interest. At the time, many believed there was a lack of communication and understanding to the process. This year, things are much more clear cut.

"The next step is to finalize classes and class size and put it together to hopefully accommodate for all the results," said high school Principal Shane McBroom. "However, they've been told up front that we can't make a schedule that accommodates everyone."

"How has the feedback this year been?" asked board member John Nitecki.

"There's been no problem," responded Ehler. McBroom also felt it was going smoothly. It was noted that this year's registration had been conducted online, resulting in quickly calculated results.

Structural engineer Al Hiniker, of the Structural Design Group, is seeing things far less smoothly, at least in regards to the 1906 portion of the high school facility. A previous visual examination of the building had highlighted some problems such as structural movement. Ehler has indicated that the movement is due to the location of the building, namely shifting soil beneath the foundation. While the district is adamant that there is no imminent structural danger, the board believes it would be prudent to proceed with a more detailed examination of the facilty.

"We need to spend this money to put everyone's mind at ease to ensure the building is not a threat to students, staff, or anyone else," urged Ehler. "It's pretty phenomenal what this building is built on."

Hiniker's examination would consist partly of cutting through a portion of plaster and lath in the third floor art room to get a more accurate depiction of the movement and potential issues. The cost of the examination is estimated at $2,500.

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Fillmore Central not joining Flexible Learning Consortium

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School board has voted against joining the Flexible Learning Year Consortium. Many other schools who were originally interested in the idea have now chosen not to join.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said Fillmore Centra ..... 
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R-P kindergarten round-up

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools will be holding Kindergarten Registration on April 15th, 2011. Kindergarten registration will be conducted through one-hour registration periods. (To register for Kindergarten, your child must be five years old by September ..... 
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Fillmore Central band solo and ensemble recital

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Schools band department held its annual 5-8th grade solo and ensemble recital on Thursday night, March 10th. Over 75 students presented performances of solos or small ensembles for a large audience in the high school cafeteria. ..... 
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SWCD scholarship deadline fast approaching

Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Posted in Education

Attention all Fillmore County graduating high school seniors! If you are pursuing a degree in natural resources, agriculture or a related field, the deadline to apply for a $500 scholarship from the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWC ..... 
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R-P will not apply for Flexible Learning Year

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

The R-P school board has decided not move forward with an application to the Minnesota Department of Education. The move could have started the 2011-2012 school year approximately two weeks prior to Labor Day. The district initially felt that the ch ..... 
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St. Johns Lutheran School celebrates National Lutheran Schools' Week

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

"Securing Each Child's Future - Making Disciples," is the theme for this year's National Lutheran Schools' Week beginning March 6 - 12.

When the early German immigrants settled in Minnesota, they were concerned about the religious and secu ..... 
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Interactive TV technology

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education



Jeff Thompson works as the IT technician at both Fillmore Central and Spring Grove schools. As a computer person, he is very excited about new technology that could mean big changes in the future of education.

Interactive television ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up set for March 17th

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 17th, at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary gym. Please use the elementary entrance. ..... 
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