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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 change may maximize both teacher development and student instruction prior to statewide assessments. However, there were concerns from the community about the change including the effect of August heat on the aging Rushford facility, students, and staff. In addition, the early start would have hindered students participating in 4-H and FFA at the state fair as well as those taking family vacations at the end of the summer.

Survey results within the district, which totaled a meager 130 responses, indicated that the community was not fully behind the measure. Three public forums were held, also with lackluster attendance, with a total of 18 persons attending. Reponses from both the survey and forum varied, but in the end, 55 percent of the total responders were not in favor of the early start.

"I appreciate the feedback that I have received from parents and community members in regard to this initiative," noted Ehler.

R-P will be moving forward with collaboration between local districts. A joint superintendents' meeting including representation from Houston, Lanesboro, and Lewiston-Altura was held in late February and a second meeting is expected. The effort aims to discuss the possibility of a common school calendar for the four districts and collaboration for staff development activities.

The aging Rushford facility has been a topic in other recent events as well. Recent snow fall and ice jams have contributed to a number of leaks on the north side of the 1906-portion of the high school roof. The district has consulted with a roofing firm and will be addressing the issue as the weather becomes more suitable.

Meanwhile, Al Hiniker, a structural engineer from Structural Design Group, has reviewed the 1906-portion of the school to render his opinion regarding the settling and separation of the wood floors on the third floor of the building. He stressed that there are no imminent safety concerns. A cost estimate is expected to be submitted on a more thorough study of the buildings. Hiniker will then develop a plan to address some of the structural concerns.

The district has long been stuck between aging facilities and the funding and community support that would be req .....
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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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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 d ..... 
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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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