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Fillmore Central holds special meeting


Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on December 21 with the intent of getting input from the public on a few issues. On the agenda were major topics of discussion, including making large cuts in the budget and possibly restructuring the administration.

Board member John Torgrimson spoke about the Budget Committee meeting. He said they discussed the upcoming audit. He also mentioned the district has cut about a half a million dollars in the last two years, and they are looking at cutting another $200,000 this next year. Enrollment will be down by 22 students next year, which means a cut of at least $100,000 from the district's revenue.

The budget committee discussed a couple of possibilities that have been talked about in recent years. They discussed the feasibility of bringing the seventh and eighth graders to the high school, which could save money by eliminating the need for one or more teachers. They also discussed the fact that the Root River Program pays $24,000 a year to rent space at the Community Center, and they wondered if space could ever be found at one of the school buildings.

Torgrimson pointed out that these are just preliminary thoughts that are things to think about while trying to reach their goal of cutting $200,000.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said the Minnesota budget is worse than previously thought for the next year, and the governor has declared that public education is on the table to have funds reduced. "It's anybody's guess what will happen," said Luehmann. She said they could be resorting to another unallotment or tax shift. The recent tax shift resulted in the district receiving 27 percent less money this year. Luehmann said this is supposed to come back to schools, but most likely will not. She believes another 10 percent cut is a real possibility.

"I don't see any real positive things on the horizon," said Luehmann.

Torgrimson said the school borrowed $1.25 million to deal with the tax shifts the governor put in place a year ago, and many districts have had to borrow money they won't get back. "We'd like to be ahead of the game as much as possible."

The board discussed the possibility of bringing the seventh and eighth graders to the high school with Principal Heath Olstad. Olstad mentioned the opportunities that those grades would have with exploratory classes such as home economics, art and Spanish. He added that the current art teacher, who is .....
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Fillmore Central School Board takes action on items discussed at special meeting

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

The night after their special meeting was held to discuss restructuring their administration, the Fillmore Central School Board made some decisions that will mean changes at the school. They are also looking to the future at other possible changes t ..... 
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Kingsland school board holds truth in taxation meeting, certifies final property tax levy

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education



The Kingsland School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday, December 21, at the Kingsland High School District Conference Room. All members were present. The agenda was approved with two additions.

Public Thank Yous

Super ..... 
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FCHS students to Wartburg College Meistersinger Honor Band

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

Congratulations to the following FCHS band students on being selected to the prestigious Wartburg College Meistersinger Honor Band in Waverly, IA, on

February 6 and 7th:

Senior Band (10-12th grade)

Andrea Nolan

Logan Whit ..... 
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Fillmore Central nominates students for ExCEL award

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central High School has nominated Katie Ristau and Drew Bahl for the ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) award.

Sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League, ExCEL is a unique recognition program design ..... 
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5th - 12th Grade Band and 6th - 12th Choir Holiday Concert

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Schools Band and Choir Department had their annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 7, 2009, at 7:00pm in the high school varsity gymnasium in Harmony.

The groups preformed a wide variety of traditional and popular h ..... 
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5th - 12th Grade Band and 6th - 12th Choir Holiday Concert

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Schools Band and Choir Department had their annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 7, 2009, at 7:00pm in the high school varsity gymnasium in Harmony.

The groups preformed a wide variety of traditional and popular h ..... 
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Jr. High Knowledge Bowl

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Education

Jr. High Knowledge Bowl at Fillmore Central is off to a great start.  Three teams have represented our school throughout the fall round robin meets, which are held in Rochester, MN.  The teams are based on grade level with seventh, eighth ..... 
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Internet safety

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Education

On November 23, Karina Berzins from the BCA Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, was at Fillmore Central to talk with students grades 3-12 about internet safety. She also presented to a small group of parents in the evening. The third and fo ..... 
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