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Houston school gets clean report


By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston school board held their regularly scheduled board meeting as well as the annual “Truth in Taxation” meeting on December 2. The meetings were primarily focused on the school finances. The regularly scheduled school board meeting started with Kim Hillberg of Clifton Larson Allen presenting the firm’s findings for the FY2014 audit that they conducted for the Houston School District. In FY2014, the general fund improved it’s balance by almost $400,000, bringing the general fund total to just above 2.6 million as of June 30. Hillberg reported that everything looked to be in good order. She added that the clean report “speaks highly of Gwen (Rostad) and the finance department”. Hillberg also noted that the local taxpayers are paying a very small percentage of the school’s total general fund revenue. Houston residents pay for about four percent of the general fund, whereas most schools Clifton Larson Allen works with has an averages fifteen percent.

After the audit report, the board adjourned their regularly scheduled meeting for the “Truth in Taxation” meeting. There were only two citizens that showed up to hear about the proposed tax levy from the school board. This contrasted greatly from last year when the room was full of concerned citizens. Superintendent Abraham gave an overview of how taxes are assessed and explained that the number found of the proposed taxes for 2015 that residents received was the highest possible that taxes could go for 2015. Abraham said with a degree of certainty that the taxes would be lower. The school board will make their final decision at their next meeting.

After a few questions from the audience, the “Truth in Taxation” meeting adjourned and the regularly scheduled meeting reconvened. The board spent the majority of the meeting discussing the possible levy scenarios and seemed to lean toward “scenario three”, which would reduced the local option revenue resulting in the same tax rate as last year.

The next Houston school board meeting will be held on December 16 at 6 p.m. in the Houston High School Library.

FCHS Holiday Band Concert

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The FCHS Band Department will present its annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school varsity gymnasium in Harmony. Performing groups include the 7-8th Jazz Band, the High School Jazz Ensemble, the 5-6th Grade Conce ..... 
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FCHS Holiday Band Concert

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

The FCHS Band Department will present its annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school varsity gymnasium in Harmony. Performing groups include the 7-8th Jazz Band, the High School Jazz Ensemble, the 5-6th Grade Conce ..... 
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FCHS Holiday Band Concert

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The FCHS Band Department will present its annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school varsity gymnasium in Harmony. Performing groups include the 7-8th Jazz Band, the High School Jazz Ensemble, the 5-6th Grade Conce ..... 
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Students can win with Merchants Bank Money Ball in Rushford

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Area students will have a chance to win some money with Money Ball from Merchants Bank. The first chance comes during halftime of the Rushford boys basketball game against Lanesboro, Friday, December 5. Three participants, 5th ..... 
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Students can win with Merchants Bank Money Ball in Rushford

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Area students will have a chance to win some money with Money Ball from Merchants Bank. The first chance comes during halftime of the Rushford boys basketball game against Lanesboro, Friday, December 5. Three participants, 5th ..... 
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Students can win with Merchants Bank Money Ball in Rushford

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Area students will have a chance to win some money with Money Ball from Merchants Bank. The first chance comes during halftime of the Rushford boys basketball game against Lanesboro, Friday, December 5. Three participants, 5th ..... 
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Lanesboro school board hears audit report

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro School Board with the audit report at their meeting on November 20. Ristau found no major financial issues when doing the report, and said the district is still going strong. There were some problems wit ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves Design Team format

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

With a successful $38.1 million referendum, for a new facility, under their belt, the R-P School Board voted November 17 to move the initiative forward to the next stages. Nearly 30 packed into the high school biology room for the meeting, includi ..... 
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