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Houston school board approves tax levy


By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Education

By Angie Rodenburg

The Houston school board held a meeting on December 16. The meeting was shorter than usual; however, the school board was able to take care of some important business.

The school board approved the audit that was presented at the last school board meeting by Kim Hillberg of Clifton Larson and Allen.

The board also approved the tax levy payable in 2015. The board decided to go with “scenario three” which would reduced the local option revenue resulting in the same tax rate as last year. Scenario three was also the recommendation of the finance committee. “There is no real increase (in taxes), but it gives us the most (revenue),” said board chair Tom Stilin. Board member Kevin Kelleher said, “I think it is a year to give people a break.” To which many of the school board members agreed. The vote was unanimous to approve scenario three. The board also set a date for their organizational meeting, which will be held on January 6.

The school board discussed the electives that are going to be offered in spring semester for Houston students. Superintendent Krin Abraham said that classes that have fewer than ten registered kids will be dropped. This is with the exception of Advanced Placement courses.

The school board meeting was adjourned and the school board held a closed meeting to discuss negotiation strategies.

Kingsland School to use Teachers On Call service

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland (Spring Valley) school board met on December 15. Members Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Steve Tart, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and Superintendent John McDonald were present. The meeting started with a Truth in Taxation hearing at 6:15 p.m. ..... 
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Kingsland School to use Teachers On Call service

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland (Spring Valley) school board met on December 15. Members Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Steve Tart, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and Superintendent John McDonald were present. The meeting started with a Truth in Taxation hearing at 6:15 p.m. ..... 
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College news

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Graduations •Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minn.: Joshua LaPlante (Bachelor of Science) of Chatfield, Minn.; Corey Keene (Bachelor of Science in Rec, Parks & Leisure Services) of Preston, Minn., Jared Langseth (Masters of Science, Anthropo ..... 
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2014 Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship recipient

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

2014 Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship recipient Sheriff Daryl Jensen is pleased to announce that Jacob Ristau of Preston has been selected as one of ten recipients to receive the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship. The quali ..... 
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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 start ..... 
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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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