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Fillmore Central and the FLY?


Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Education

On the same night as their February meeting, Fillmore Central School Board and administration held the second of the three required public meetings for the proposed Flexible Learning Year (FLY).

Luehmann explained to the audience that the district has to apply to the Minnesota Department of Education by the end of March, along with the other districts in southeast Minnesota, that decide to join the consortium. The Commissioner of Education makes the decision to give permission for the consortium to make these changes to their school year.

The application for the FLY is for three years, and there are certain regulations each district must follow. The school year will start two weeks earlier than usual, which means it will be before Labor Day. The first semester must be completed before winter break, and there must be common professional development days with the other districts in the group.

Luehmann said there are some benefits to starting school two weeks earlier. The school would be on the same schedule as local colleges, and the first semester would be finished before Christmas. The students would also have two more weeks of instruction before the MCA testing in the spring.

Luehmann said she believes that the staff development benefits are the biggest value to the FLY. With this program, they will also be able to track test scores, something the district currently does by hand.

There is a cost to join this consortium, which is $10 per student per year, for the three years. Luehmann said this will only take up part of the staff development money that is budgeted.

Board member Jim Love, who had been to an MSBA meeting recently, said the schools in southwest Minnesota who started this year are overwhelmingly positive about the experience. Luehmann said one of the biggest plusses they talked about was getting done with the first semester before winter break. That way, students were able to enjoy their break without worrying about school work, and the teachers didn't have to backtrack and hurry to get things done when they returned from break.

Luehmann also said there is a possibility starting school early may not improve test scores; they have to try it and see. It is also possible that spring sports will be going on after school is done, but Luehmann said that sometimes happens even now. Another big concern for people is the State Fair, especially for students involved in FFA or 4H. Luehmann sa .....
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American Legion Post #40 announces scholarship availability

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Education

The American Legion Henry M. Guttormson Post #40 of Lanesboro, will be granting scholarships for college and/or technical training, to be paid to the accredited school of the recipient's choice. Other scholarships, except full scholarships, will not ..... 
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College News

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Dean's List/Honor Rolls

• Rochester Community and Technical College: Blaine Coyle and Hannah Hall of Canton; Bradley Ackman, Amanda Boerboom, Ross Boerboom, Alexander Guderian, Joshua Harstad, Gina Jaquith, Joshua LaPlante, Robert Laures, ..... 
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R-P board welcomes new member

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Education



While the R-P school board remains nearly the same as in 2010, there is one new member. Angela Colbenson, a first-time challenger in the district, won the seat, receiving the second highest number of votes in the November election. While the ..... 
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Kingsland awarded $65,000 state grant for Project Lead The Way

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Education



The January 17 regular school board meeting for the Kingsland School District had all members, including new members Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, and Steve Tart, attending. The Kingsland School District was informed during this meeting that they ..... 
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Fillmore Central begins Superintendent Search

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Education

More discussion about the Flexible Learning Year took place at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 25.

The board set up the three public meetings they need to have by the middle of March. The first one will be February 9 at ..... 
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New year housekeeping dominates school board agenda

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board members spent most of their January 20 meeting doing routine organizational business. Newly elected Lolly Melander took the oath of office from Chairperson Dave Ruen.

Board member salaries remained unchanged. Dave ..... 
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Flexible Learning Year meetings in Chatfield

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, the Chatfield School Board met for two meetings. The first, beginning at 6:15 p.m., was an informational meeting for the public on a proposed program called Flexible Learning Year. The second was the regular monthly boa ..... 
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R-P looks to possible collaborative effort

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



Despite wintery weather, the R-P school board forged ahead at the Monday, December 20th, meeting with Superintendent Chuck Ehler presenting an update regarding an initiative for a Flexible Learning Calendar.

The effort is spearheaded ..... 
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