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Rushford-Peterson School board deals withroutine matters


Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - It was slim pickins' for new business at the R-P school board's regular meeting last Monday, February 11. But maybe that's a relief after a year that included a 500 year flood.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler reported that he and administrative assistant Karen Thompson had worked through a way to save $4,113.95 per year by taking advantage of current low interest rates and refinancing the lease agreement on the school's property. The board approved.

Rates are going up for various services and personnel in the Hiawatha Valley Education District and thus the contracts for Rachel Brown, elementary school psychologist and Jill Diana, middle school counselor, came up for discussion. Both salaries are partially funded by H.V.E.D.

The board chair wanted Ehler to speak to whether the extra cost to the district for this personnel was warranted.

Ehler said he could speak to the fact that he felt Rachel Brown's services were "well-warranted and would recommend we continue" to fund the rest of her salary. Ehler deferred to middle school principal Joel Hovland to discuss Jill Diana.

Hovland spoke highly of Diana, mentioning the variety of services she offers to different groups of students and concluding, "she's a real asset to us." The board approved the motion to absorb the higher cost of the salaries for these employees.

Ehler presented a plan "in the works" that he and technology support person Corey Mattson have put together to lease 35 new laptops from Winona State University.

The plan, if approved, would offer the benefits of having new computers on hand for $6,000 per year, rather than the approximately $26,000 cost of buying them new every three years; it would mean high-speed internet access for R-P students; the district would not have the cost of maintaining a server and would have only minimal repair costs.

The board will consider the plan formally at a future meeting.

Forty-five minutes into the meeting, the board moved to close the meeting to the public and press so that they could discuss a purchase price for the Richard & Holly Holle property east of the current athletic fields.

Before closing the meeting, the board learned:

--that the Screaming Eagles wrestling team finished with an impressive 21-2-1 season.

--Corrina Schiltz and Emily Frick will advance to regional competition in the new Poetry Out Loud competition.

--Kingsland will forfeit it .....
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Fillmore Central faces budget cuts

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore Central School Board is faced with the difficult and unpleasant task of making cuts to the budget for 2008. At the regular meeting on Wednesday, January 30, the board decided to form an ad hoc committee to look at the numbers ..... 
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R-P moves closer to asking for new school

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - The Rushford-Peterson school board unanimously approved a 20-page letter to Commissioner of Education, Alice Seagren, prepared on behalf of the district by ICS Consulting, Inc, of Spring Lake Park.

The document outlines a "skeleto ..... 
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Kingsland receives several gifts

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - It was a very positive meeting of the Kingsland School Board. It started off with several donations to the School District from members of the public. Sam's Club donated $1,000, the Fountain Fire Department gave another donation of $1,000 a ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board authorizes 2008 multi-cultural trip

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Education

LANESBORO - At their first meeting in 2008, the Lanesboro School Board authorized teacher Chris Knutson to go ahead with organizing a December 2008 school trip to the border area of Texas. Billed as a Multi-cultural Experience, with exposure to Span ..... 
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R-P Superintendent gives "generosity" report

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - "We continue to be impressed and thankful for the generosity people have shown to our school and community," said Superintendent Chuck Ehler at the regular meeting of the R-P school board, December 17. "It's overwhelming."

Ehler's ..... 
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Kingsland receives donations

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board met Monday night December 17 and heard reports on several issues. The Christmas spirit was evident as it was announced that several donations have been made to the district by local residents.

A special memorial s ..... 
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Water damages books at Fillmore Central High School

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

HARMONY - Fillmore Central High School Principal, Heath Olstad told the school board at their December 17 meeting that over 300 books were lost due to water damage when a sink overflowed in a second floor science room and leaked into the first floor ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board certifies levy

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

LANESBORO - The Lanesboro School Board held their last meeting of calendar year 2007 on Thursday, December 20, 2007. At the meeting, the board certified the education levy for taxes payable in 2008 at $494,472. The amount was for the maximum allowab ..... 
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