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Lanesboro School Board: "More time for..."


Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Education

"More time" was Elementary Principal James Semmen's refrain as he updated the Lanesboro School Board on the kindergarten program. In the past years, Lanesboro has moved its kindergarten program from three days a week, to four days a week, and, in the upcoming fall, to five days a week. Semmen called the transition a good one and said the first grade and kindergarten teachers felt the day-to-day consistency helped the students adjust to school more quickly.

According to Semmen, the everyday kindergarten will provide more time for socialization, more time to develop higher thinking skills, and more time for the teachers to teach. Under the program, teachers will be able to teach science daily, and students will have a "greater grasp of all content areas." The teachers expect the students will have a greater retention of skills since they can be taught in shorter segments daily. First graders who had attended kindergarten under the four days a week program exhibited a stronger knowledge base than previous first grade classes. Superintendent Jeff Boggs predicted even more improvement would come with the everyday program.

Board member Steve Snyder commented that he noticed a difference in his own girls. While his oldest daughter didn't read until first grade, his kindergartner is reading already. Snyder went on to compliment the school's teachers as well.

Calendar

The board approved the calendar, which calls for 176 student contact days and eight teacher workshop days. Next fall, school will begin September 4 and end May 30 for the students. School board member Dave Ruen inquired about the possibility of moving to a "true spring break." Acknowledging that more families seemed to want to "carve out" some time for a spring break, Ruen asked the board to consider it when designing the calendar for the following year. Parent feedback will be sought regarding the idea.

The board approved Boggs's request to dismiss school at 11:15 a.m. on May 31, the last day of school. Students and parents who use the daycare will be notified with a letter.

Music Contest

The board passed a resolution commending the recent accomplishments of student musicians. Thirty Lanesboro student musicians participated in the music contest on April 12 and came home with 21 superior ratings and 14 excellent ratings. A special honor went to Yvonne Fresse who received a best in site award. Six volunteer accompanists also traveled with the stud .....
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Board will conduct superintendent search

Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
Posted in Education

At a special meeting on April 9, the R-P school board decided to go it alone hiring a new superintendent, rather than hiring an agency. A number of agencies that specialize in superintendent searches have contacted board members since it was announc ..... 
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R-P seeks input on Supt. post

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - "We have the opportunity to reshape this district for years to come," said Jim Kitchens, R-P school board member. "We have that responsibility right now."

Kitchens' comment came during a meeting with the public to discuss the recr ..... 
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FC board discusses tennis court options

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Preston City Council member Heath Mensink and Preston City Administrator Joe Hoffman attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting last Tuesday to discuss the possibility of purchasing land for a tennis court. At the February meeting, ..... 
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Miller out as Rushford-Peterson Superintendent

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - In a move that came as a surprise to many, at least those outside the school system, the Rushford-Peterson school board voted not to renew the contract of Superintendent Jeff Miller at their regular March meeting.

Board Chair John ..... 
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R-P moves to all-day, everyday Kindergarten

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - The room broke out in applause when the R-P school board voted to implement all day/every day kindergarten at its March 20 meeting.

The board invited the community to come speak prior to the regular meeting. Approximately twenty-f ..... 
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Kingsland will award construction bids in April

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - Chairman Mitch Lentz updated the Kingsland School Board on pre-construction plans at their Friday, March 16 meeting, which lasted 35 minutes. Lentz said that a pre-bid meeting is planned for March 22 at 3:30 p.m. with bids due at the Kingsl ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board Report: Winter sports teams recognized

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Education



LANESBORO - The Lanesboro School Board recognized the efforts of the school's winter sports teams at its Thursday, March 15 meeting.

The girls basketball team won the conference championship and finished second in the sub-section tou ..... 
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Special meeting results in hires and expulsion

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Members of the Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 12 to deal with a few important issues.

The first item was to hire Blaine Moe as the new Building and Grounds Supervisor. According to Superintendent Myr ..... 
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