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R-P superintendent reports on flood


Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - "I've said before that Rushford is southeastern Minnesota's best kept secret," said Superintendent Chuck Ehler to the school board at their regular monthly meeting. "Um...it's not a secret anymore," Ehler continued, in one of the few light-hearted moments during the meeting last Monday, August 27.

Ehler gave a measured and organized report on flood activities to begin the meeting. Included in that list were the following:

• Only the lower level of the school received flood damage; several rooms had 4-5 inches of sludge, which was removed as quickly as possible by volunteers and a professional clean-up company from St. Paul.

• The floor of the music room had to be removed.

• A second professional cleaning company, recommended by the state department of education, is currently cleaning and disinfecting all areas and removing ceiling tiles. The company is MAVO System of Rochester and specializes in this type of clean up and sanitation.

• Ehler will register the school with FEMA to receive federal disaster relief.

• Ehler is seeking a portable classroom for the pre-school which was housed on the lower level.

• The state department will arrange for R-P to offer free meals to flood-affected families; also, the state has said that if R-P ends up losing some students because of the flooding, they will not lose state aid (for this year).

• Water fountains have already been covered to keep students from drinking the city water until it is deemed safe. Students will drink bottled water and have plenty of hand sanitizers available.

• Many local groups, businesses, and school teams have already made generous donations to R-P, including $558 from the Pine Island football team, $200 from Caledonia volleyball team, football practice dummies from WSU, and football practice jerseys and vests from Steichen sports.

• R-P's Partners in Education group has been working to sort all of the donated school supplies that have come in. At a town meeting last week, Ehler advised district parents not to purchase school supplies if they hadn't already: enough have been donated to cover elementary and middle school students.

• Guidance counselors and behavioral specialists will be on hand for the Open House August 30 to help children who've been affected by the flood. The school will continue to give attention to this issue and be proactive in offer .....
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Lanesboro School Board: Contracts and policies in place for new school year

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Education

Pens were flying at the Lanesboro School Board meeting on August 16 as the 2007-2008 school year contracts for fall sports coaches, non-certified staff, and para-professionals were signed and approved by the board. Sarah Pieper was hired as the dayc ..... 
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Fillmore Central okays tennis court lease

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Preston City Administrator Joe Hoffman attended Fillmore Central's school board meeting once again last week about the tennis courts and the proposed lease. This time the board approved the 30-year lease, and the tennis courts will be cons ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board: Personnel changes at Lanesboro Schools

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Education



The Lanesboro School Board officially hired three teachers for the coming school year at their meeting on July 19. Nicole Howard will teach the first-second grade split; Howard has taught previously at Lanesboro for four or five years. Super ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Superintendent Ehler at work at R-P

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Education

New superintendent Charles Ehler hit the ground running as he started his tenure at Rushford -Peterson and took part in his first board meeting July 16. Calmly decisive, Ehler was ready with a recommendation to hire a combination elementary and midd ..... 
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Kingsland School Board: Board hears about donations

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, July 16, and acted on several routine matters. It was welcome news to the Board when it was announced that there have been some donations from the public.

Mr. and Mrs. Minor Therneau gifted $100 to t ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Board adopts deficit budget, discusses problems with cell phones

Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Education

HARMONY - At their regular meeting on June 25, the Fillmore Central School Board approved the budget for the 2007/08 fiscal year, which reflects an operating deficit of more than $200,000.

The actual budget that was adopted, with expenditure ..... 
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Fillmore Central expects operating deficit for next school year

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Members of the Fillmore Central School Board, along with Superintendent Myrna Luehmann, met for a special meeting on June 18 to discuss the budget for the next school year.

Luehmann explained that Special Education funding from th ..... 
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R-P considers uncertain financial future

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - Even with all the extra time and effort going into the superintendent search, the R-P school board still has to hold their regular meetings to conduct business, which they did Monday, June 18.

The board was set to conduct second i ..... 
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