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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 6:30 at the Fountain Community Center. The second will be on February 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Preston. The third will be in Harmony on March 2, also at 6:30 p.m.

Luehmann showed the board a tentative calendar for next year if the Flexible Learning Year goes through. School would begin on August 18, and the first semester would be over before winter break.

Board member Jim Love spoke about the recent MSBA meeting and the districts in Southwest Minnesota who have gone with the Flexible Learning Year (FLY). He said the districts that didn't get involved really regret it and wish they would have.

All of the schools had the same concerns, especially about the Minnesota State Fair. Love said out of the 16,000 students, only 300 were missing the first week because of the fair. They also only had to have one day off school because of the heat, in the schools that do not have air conditioning.

Love said the schools that started this last year have already seen a tremendous improvement in staff development. They also have found that the many schools working together has been very beneficial.

There was some discussion about kids who are in 4H going to the State Fair and missing school. Luehmann said they will treat it like any other excused absence, or like when students go on a vacation with their families.

Luehmann stressed that one of the main goals of the FLY is to have more student/teacher contact time before the state mandated testing in the spring.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Special Ed. Director Michelle Breitsprecher informed the school board of a grant opportunity for the district. Breitsprecher explained that School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is a 2-year grant opportunity. Applications were accepted from December 1 until January 14. She will find out on March 1 if Fillmore Central is selected.

According to Breitsprecher, this is a very competitive grant, with only 18 schools in all of southern Minnesota that will be chosen. The grant provides schools with training and support to promote improvements in student behaviors throughout the entire school, especially students with challenging soci .....
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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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Fillmore Central seeks to improve math scores

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann gave the school board a presentation giving them more information about the Flexible Learning Year program.

Several schools in southwest Minnesota have combined to make a consortium, an ..... 
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Chatfield approves use of cell phones during lunch

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



After winter weather delayed the Chatfield School Board meeting from Monday, December 20th, to Tuesday, December 21st, the agenda was completed with three of the five board members present. Kathy Schellhammer took the oath of office as she b ..... 
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School board issues letter to the newspapers

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Education

The bullying issues that have plagued Lanesboro schools recently were discussed during the school board meeting on December 16.

Chair person Dave Lawstuen said he had drafted an open letter to parents and patrons regarding the recent articl ..... 
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Discussion of bullying at Lanesboro School dominates council meeting

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Education

Frustrated parents addressed the Lanesboro City Council on December 6 over what they consider a lack of adequate response to their complaints of bullying at school aimed at their children.

A letter from Stuart and Amy Dyreson addressed to th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools to establish facilities task force

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is establishing a task force to study the facility and related educational needs of its early childhood through 12th grade students. It is the desire of the school board for the task force to be composed of members who prov ..... 
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