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Chatfield School Board discusses Potter Center for the arts


Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Education

Potter Center for the Arts, state funding, and a proposed walking path were all topics of discussion at the Chatfield School Board's meeting on May 17, 2010. All members except F. Mike Tuohy were present. Two students and adults representing the Chatfield FFA Chapter also attended to give a presentation on their experience with the FFA test plot last year.

Two spokesmen for Potter Center for the Arts, Michael Martin and Matt Opat, described recent progress made in reference to funding the center. Martin noted that current finances are being divided into three categories: capital funding, an endowment fund, and the operational budget. While the capital funding from the state did not make this year's budget cuts, Martin stated that while they "lost the battle, we've gone a long way to winning the war." Capital funds are designated for renovations and like projects. Endowment fund money, which will be used to fund operations at Potter in the future, is still being raised, while current funds in the operational part of the budget are strong. Martin then raised the possibility that the school use the center for events such as the school play or the Veteran's Day program. The board decided to wait until a user fee for the center has been established before contracting to use the facility for any school events.

Interim Superintendent Greg Ehresmann discussed updates on state education funding. According to Ehresmann, the state will make a "shift" in how funding is paid next year, resulting in a compromise that also gives the governor the authority to hold back payments to school districts in the same way that payments were withheld this spring. Instead of schools receiving 73 percent of their payments for a year that same year and 27 percent of payments during the next, the system will "shift" to a plan which pays schools 70 percent of their payments one year and 30 percent the next. Ehresmann did not expect that the school would be shortchanged the 27 percent for next year, but "will anticipate that, once again, schools with...reserves will receive delayed payments."

Miscellaneous other business items were conducted at the meeting. The board has received bids to construct a walking path along Burr Oak Street. Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke asked the board to consider a proposal by Elissa Johnsrud and Brenda Semmen, both kindergarten teachers, to participate in a job share next year, and the board gave Ihrke the go-ahead to work with .....
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Rushford Peterson school board proceeds with cuts

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Education

A room full of determined parents and students. A stopwatch displayed on an overhead projection screen. At hand, the fate of five R-P staff members.

While this could have made for a tense gathering, the special meeting on Thursday, April 29t ..... 
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Education Minnesota urges governor to sign bill saving schools hundreds of millions of dollars

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Education

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 7, 2010 - A bill that would save Minnesota schools hundreds of millions of dollars while improving health insurance for thousands of school employees now awaits Gov. Tim Pawlenty's signature. The bill, which creates a statewide h ..... 
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Harmony American Legion Auxiliary announces Girls State

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Harmony American Legion Auxiliary is proud to announce that Nashia Soland has been chosen to represent Harmony at the 64th annual Girls State program to be held June 13-19, 2010, at Bethel College in St. Paul. Soland is the daughter of LuVerne a ..... 
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Lanesboro High School student receives University of Minnesota Science Achievement Award

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Education

Dana Sautter, a student at Lanesboro High School, has received a Science Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). In addition to the award, Sautter also received a $200 ..... 
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AgStar Offers Grant to Support Ag Education in High Schools

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

MANKATO, Minn. (May 4, 2010) - AgStar Financial Services' Fund for Rural America, a corporate-giving program, is proud to once again offer a grant supporting equipment for agriculture classrooms. The AgStar Fund has approved $50,000 for this program ..... 
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YOUNG WRITERS TO MEET

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Hiawatha Valley Education District will host the annual "Young Writers' Conference" on May 13th and 14th, 2010 at Winona State University. There are over 1,000 students from grades 3-8 registered from the following schools: Arcadia, Caledonia, Ch ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board gives final approval

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board gave the final approval for many changes, additions and reductions in programs and staffing for the 2010-2011 school year. With the move of the seventh and eighth graders to the high school, as well as the needed bu ..... 
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Chatfield contemplates budget cut proposal

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

"We have x amount of dollars to work with," Chatfield School Board Chair Jerry Chase explained to the large group of students and adults who gathered at the board's April 19 meeting to protest placing Chatfield English teacher Patricia Solum on unre ..... 
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