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"Time is of the essence" for R-P School Board


Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

A bump in the road to finding a new principal for the district was one of the key topics at the Monday, July 20th, meeting. The district has attempted to be ultra-proactive in both finding the person best suited for the district opening and in utilizing staff to the fullest. In this instance, "It didn't work out to our benefit," said Superintendent Chuck Ehler.

The district had been carefully looking at 22 candidates to fill the position left by former K-8 principal Joel Hovland's recent resignation. Along the way, the district made the decision to change the criteria to include requiring the chosen candidate to have a reading and special education background. With this experience, they would be required to teach and be the district facilitator for special education in addition to their role as an administrator. Of the 22 candidates, only two met these criteria.

While Mr. Ehler was under the impression that the top candidate would be accepting of the offer, it was in fact, declined, leaving the district in an awkward position as the school year draws closer.

Council member Kathie Ingram asked, "Is it too much responsibility?"

Ehler went on to explain that some administrators don't welcome the opportunity to be placed back in a classroom setting, but stressed that the district must strive to both meet the needs of the students and use personnel in the most effective manner.

Operating Levy

In a topic that left all but one council member publicly despising taxes, the council looked at the possibility of a new operating levy or the addition of a clause in the existing levy. The current operating levy of $840 per student was passed in 2002 and did not include an inflationary clause. Such a clause was not permissible at the time. The levy expires in 2012.

With a drastic reduction in aid to the district in the coming years, the superintendent gave "ballpark figures" of increases of $50 to $150 per student. While such an increase doesn't appear to overburden the tax base, it would represent anywhere from $35,000 to $106,000 for the district.

Council member Roger Metz pointed out, "The district has so many positive things going on (such as the recently MCAII scores). I think it would be received well."

"I think this shows fiscal responsibility on our behalf. We haven't been back in 8 years even through some troubled times," added council member Greg Smith.

Chairman John Nitecki caution .....
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Strosahl discusses Kingsland's future

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

It was one of the longer school board meetings on Monday night as board members for the Kingsland School District waded through the monthly bills and other housekeeping chores.

High on the list of discussion was a presentation by Superintend ..... 
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How is your school performing?

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Since 2006, the Minnesota Department of Education has administered the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for students, teachers and administrators to identify areas of proficiency along with opportunities for improvement.

With th ..... 
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Lanesboro follow-up meeting regarding bullying

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Concerned parents, faculty, and community members attended a special meeting on July 14th to further discuss the topic of bullying in the Lanesboro Public Schools. The issue spurred much debate and discussion at the last school board meeting on June ..... 
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Second Lanesboro school board meeting of the week

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Parents packed the room at the July 16 Lanesboro school board meeting in hopes of further discussing the recent hot-button bullying issue, although it was lunch prices, substitute teacher pay, and renewing yearly agreements that dominated the meetin ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board proposed 2009/10 budget

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Education

Many decisions were made for the 2009-2010 school year at the recent Fillmore Central School Board meeting on June 23rd. There were also some changes made to the teachers. The board accepted a resignation from Charlene Grabau, a part-time custodian. ..... 
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Lanesboro parents and school contend with bullying

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

Over 30 concerned parents and community members packed into a small office in the Lanesboro Public School Thursday, June 18 to share their opinions and worries on the topic of bullying. Although there were many other items on the agenda for the scho ..... 
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Kingsland School Board

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board meeting started off on a very positive note as a major contribution from the Kingsland Booster Club was made. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl accepted the check of $20,000 from Booster Club member, Steve Tammel. Strosahl th ..... 
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Unexpected news at R-P School Board Meeting

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

While the majority of the Monday, June 15, meeting was coupled with a casual atmosphere and moments of laughter, as to be expected at the end of a school year, there was also a surprising turn of events.

After a closed meeting to evaluate el ..... 
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