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Kingsland discusses use of facilities by outside groups


Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Education



A major item of discussion at the meeting of the Kingsland Board of Education on Wednesday, February 18, was the question of use of school facilities by civic groups and other organizations.

John Fenske approached the Board asking for direction on establishing charges for use of the facilities. There was discussion about the distinction between a District Program and a non-District program. An example of non-District would be the traditional After Prom Party. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl and Board Chairman Mitch Lenz agreed that an activity such as the After Prom Party would not be a District Activity because the District would not be cutting checks or entering into contracts.

The Board had established guidelines in July that outlined the requirements for particular activities and until that is changed, it would remain the same.

"It needs to be clearer what taxpayers will pay for and what they won't," said Lenz. He continued by saying that it costs $260.00 per day to run the school and the janitorial costs and other expenses need to be picked up by someone.

Superintendent Strosahl said that this year, with the new addition, the heating costs is $1,000.00 less this year than last which speaks well for the type of construction and the energy saving measures that have been implemented.

Finances

Business Manager Kathy Beevers reported on school finances. She stated that as of January the expenditures were at 54.41% for the year as compared to the budget which was 53.64%. The difference being the variance from month to month and that the expenditures are holding very close to where they need to be.

Beevers also stated that enrollment is very close to target and that any students leaving the district are being replaced by new families coming in. Beevers said, "I am confident we will be on target with our enrollment."

Falling interest rates prompted a meeting between Beevers and Jeff Vehrenkamp of Home Federal. The District has a money account where money from the various activities is placed. When it was opened the District was getting 4%. That has since fallen to 1?2 of one percent. By transferring these funds to another account, the district will realize an interest rate of 2%.

Other Business

• The Board also accepted the resignation of Andrea Atwood. Special recognition was given to Arlene Johnson, who has decided to retire after more than 30 years with the distr .....
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Fillmore Central anticipates budget cuts

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

Preston - There was a lot of discussion among the Fillmore Central School Board members at their Feburary 18 meeting about the budget for the upcoming year, possible cuts and how to work with the legislative decisions that are coming up this spring. ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about successful Spanish trip

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

Spanish teacher Chris Knutson briefed the Lanesboro School Board at their February 19 meeting on the recent Spanish trip to Southwest Texas. Knutson and teacher Dave Rogers chaperoned the trip.

Thirty eight Sophomore and Junior students left ..... 
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Nitecki to lead R-P school board again

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Education



John Nitecki will continue for a fourth year as chairman of the Rushford-Peterson school board, but says it will be his last consecutive year as he believes the position should rotate more regularly. Board member Daniel Munson nominated Nite ..... 
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Fillmore Central refinances building bonds

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Education



HARMONY - Fillmore Central's new school board passed a resolution involving the sale of general obligation bonds. Money from the bonds will refinance $1,395,000 in debt service on the elementary school. The bonding will reduce the tax levy b ..... 
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Fillmore Central celebrates Sno Daze

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Education



When it comes to events at Fillmore Central High School, three stand out above the rest: Homecoming, Prom, and Sno Daze. During the week of January 26-30 Fillmore Central students celebrated Sno Daze. This is a week in the middle of the year ..... 
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Kingsland Board meets for first time in 2009

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Education

The new school board members found their places around the meeting table as the first meeting with the new members in attendance got underway. Members Peggy Merkel, Al Williams and Kristin Beck received their indoctrination into conducting the busin ..... 
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"A Jury of Her Peers"

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2009
Posted in Education

Suspicious activity on a small town farm. An abusive husband strangled in his sleep. A scheming "jury" of women trying to disguise a crime. These are only a few of the eerie elements appearing in "A Jury of Her Peers", Fillmore Central High School's ..... 
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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.

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