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R-P school officials meet with Walz regarding funding


Fri, Dec 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

Tough times call for tough measures, and the Rushford-Peterson school district is going on the offensive to seek school funding, while at the same time practicing good old-fashioned belt-tightening.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler, board member Daniel Munson, and community education director Beth Theede met with Congressman Tim Walz last week to make an early bid on potential funds involved in an economic stimulus/public works package being put together by President-elect Obama.

The school board learned of the meeting at its regular monthly meeting, December 15.

Ehler had drafted a letter to present to Walz in which he mentions ongoing flood recovery and that "updating our school facilities is a priority to our residents, as indicated in the April 2008 needs assessment conducted by the Minnesota Design Team."

The letter outlines a building and remodeling project that, if funded by the district alone, would result in 53.45% tax rate for debt service, "a challenge for any community."

The letter seeks "outside funding for construction and remodeling of our facilities to provide necessary services to our students and community members...(as) an example of investment in rural development that empowers all community members for lifelong learning."

The letter provides seven bulleted items that demonstrate need for this project, including the fact that R-P utilizes one of the oldest school facilities in the state (1906) and that the flood event in 2007 "exposed structural, environmental, and energy usage issues in our buildings."

"It's a long shot," Ehler told the board, "but we've gotta take it."

Munson characterized Walz as "encouraging and supportive" during the meeting. Ehler said he will follow up this meeting with a letter to Governor Pawlenty.

Ehler had also invited state representatives Sharon Ropes and Greg Davids to attend the board meeting. Davids declined because of schedule conflicts. Ropes was expected, but by the time of adjournment at 6:45 p.m. had not arrived.

Belt tightening

Funding for a custodial position through Workforce Development will end December 30. Diane Johnson was replacing Roger Boyum who was on leave following an accident last fall. Ehler proposed that as a cost-saving measure, the district not replace Johnson.

The move will save a total of $19,321,11 by June 2010, according to Ehler, who also announced a plan to clean classrooms on an every o .....
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Kingsland recognizes retiring school board members

Fri, Dec 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

It was the end of the year for the Kingsland School Board and members recognized the retiring members, Robert Grabau, Jane Baker and Tom Kaase at the December 15 meeting. Baker has a total of 8 years along with Tom Kaase also with 8 years. Robert Gr ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves bond sale for retiree benefits

Fri, Nov 28th, 2008
Posted in Education

HARMONY - The Fillmore Central School Board approved the sale of general obligation (Other Post Employment Benefits) bonds totalling $1,180,000 at their November 25 meeting. The bonds will be used to pay retiree benefits over the next 20 years, free ..... 
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Lanseboro School Board discusses test results

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Education

At its regular meeting on November 20, the Lanesboro school board discussed the results of 11th grade scores on math in MCA state standard testing, with scores falling slightly below a statewide average of 30-percent. Seventh and Eighth graders did ..... 
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Kingsland School Board holds November meeting

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Education

Spring Valley - The Kingsland School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday, November 17 at the Kingsland High School District Conference Room. No changes were made to the agenda and it was approved.

In an effort to go paperless at futur ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson school board looks at district goals at monthly meeting

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Education

It was a time to get philosophical as the Rushford-Peterson school board discussed district goals at the last regular meeting, November 17.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler had previously informed the board that staff had been surveyed for their t ..... 
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Fillmore Central to bond for retiree benefits

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore Central School Board passed a resolution to set the sale of OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) Bonds at its October 28 meeting. The bonds will be used to pay for retirees' health insurance for the next 20 years. The 2008 Mi ..... 
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Students celebrate healthy choices during Red Ribbon Week

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Education

A swarm of kids dressed from head-to-toe in red flooded the halls at Fillmore Central last Wednesday. Fortunately, it's not a crazy new style trend or due to a mishap in the cafeteria; the students were in the midst of a week long celebration called ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson studies district goals

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - Darwin Viker of Larson Allen Weishair gave his annual auditor's report to the Rushford-Peterson school board prior to their monthly meeting last Monday.

Not surprisingly, Viker recommends caution in spending over the next several ..... 
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