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Fillmore Central School Board struggles with uncertainty over restructuring


Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore County School Board tackled a long agenda at their nearly four hour meeting on May 27. Members grappled with changes to Superintendent Myrna Luehmann's job description. The blending of her job and that of the K-8 principal is clearly an adjustment that is in the early stages of restructuring.

A long unsettled discussion ensued when Luehmann asked the board to approve stipends for Dean of Students Chris Mensink and herself. Luehmann plans on meeting with Mensink for about ten days in June to more clearly map out both of their job descriptions and plans for the reorganization needed to reduce the district's budget by $200,000.

Brenda Lentz will no longer work as the K-8 principal. Luehmann will combine her duties as superintendent with those of the K-8 principal.

Luehmann requested approval of hourly pay for Mensink for ten days of work this summer. She also requested $1,000 per month for herself for the five or six extra hours per week that she anticipates working to fulfill her additional duties, including planning for the restructuring. She had a similar stipend request of $1000 for Mensink, in addition to the $2500 he already receives as Dean of Students.

Board member John Torgrimson questioned who [Luehmann or Mensink] was going to be responsible for what with the restructuring. Board member Michelle Topness wanted a job description for each position detailing their responsibilities.

Board member Deb Ristau suggested that Luehmann needs to give the board an idea of what percentages of her time will be spent doing each of her superintendent and principal duties. Ristau suggested that a decision on the stipend for additional after-hour work to be completed by Mensink over the next school year should wait until it can be determined what additional time he is putting in.

Board member Sue Ostrom moved that they authorize the pay for the ten day planning period in June only. The motion was approved. A change in Mensink's stipend will be decided at a later date. Board member Craig Britton added that a possible additional stipend for Mensink should be reevaluated before the new school year.

Ristau and Topness favored the board holding a special meeting to discuss how the restructuring will work, what is best for the school, and how Luehmann's time will be divided. Luehmann suggested that it will take extra time to plan the restructuring and to implement it. She expects that once .....
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R-P looks at ways to cut costs

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - With the word "recession" on everyone's mind, and record prices on goods like gasoline and groceries, school districts all over are looking for ways to tighten budgets that already have no wiggle room.

In his first year at R-P, Su ..... 
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Kingsland prepares for end of year, looks forward to new facility

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Education

"It takes a lot of boxes to move a school!!"

These were the words of Mitch Lentz, Chairman of the Kingsland Board of Education at their regular meeting on Thursday evening, May 22. Lentz was referring to the current building program of the ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board handles end of year business

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board, at their Tuesday, May 13 meeting, discussed the need for resurfacing the back parking lot. It was last surfaced in 1990 and is breaking up and has some drainage problems. One bid has been submitted for the work at an esti ..... 
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Land okay to build on for R-P school

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - The property that the Rushford-Peterson School District is in the process of buying has been given a thumbs up from a Chosen Valley soil analysis team.

The eleven acres, directly across the street from the property near the footb ..... 
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Land okay to build on for R-P school

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - The property that the Rushford-Peterson School District is in the process of buying has been given a thumbs up from a Chosen Valley soil analysis team.

The eleven acres, directly across the street from the property near the footb ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves summer roofing project

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

HARMONY - Custodial Supervisor Blaine Moe attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on April 22 to update the board on facility summer projects, and to make a few requests.

According to Moe, the estimate previously received for com ..... 
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Kingsland School Board deals with budget cuts

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - "These are times that we as a Board do not like to do what we have to do"

Board Chairman Mitch Lenz addressed the audience of perhaps a dozen people in the media center of the Kingsland Middle School in Wykoff at the April 21st mee ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board meets

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board held a short meeting on April 17, 2008, handling a short agenda.

There was good news for kids with spring fever, school will officially end on May 30 at 11:15am.

Extended services will be provided through t ..... 
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