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Bernard Bus Service fights for R-P contract


Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

At the Monday, June 21st, school board meeting, Mike Bernard, owner of Bernard Bus Service, and attorney Joe Hammell spoke before the board, contesting the recent bidding process for the district's transportation needs. Ready Bus Line, of LaCrescent, was recently approved for the contract, coming in with the lowest bid, nearly $30,000 less than Bernard. According to Bernard, the bottom line is that they should have been awarded the contract.

Hammell presented a historical perspective to the board, noting that Bernard Bus Service had served the district for 15 years. In addition, they had met district requirements that the contractor have a physical presence in Rushford, as well as having a qualified mechanic on staff. Furthering their argument, Hammell noted Bernard Bus Service had endured the flood of 2007 alongside the district, providing transportation despite suffering flood damage.

Bernard assured the board repeatedly the numbers he was presenting were the same as original figures. Knowing the actuals and basing his bid on numbers provided by the Transportation Committee, Bernard believes his bid, as a whole, to be the most advantageous in savings to the district when spread over a four-year span (a two plus two option). According to Bernard, the first two years must be budgeted, but the second two are negotiable.

John Nitecki, Transportation Committee Chairman, responded to the claims, "Let me be blunt. I'm somewhat offended and insulted." Nitecki indicated that Bernard had been given the numbers days ahead of time and asked to verify them in case of disagreement. No issue had arisen. "We didn't want it to come to this point. You're still negotiating, that's not the reality. Our committee went into this with a clean slate. We did not give preferential treatment to anyone. We didn't rush through, in the hope this didn't happen. I don't appreciate it, quite frankly."

"I didn't come to offend you," responded Bernard. "I'm trying to protect the 15 years I've put in here. I've graduated four Kindergarten classes. I'd like to think the board would be disappointed if I didn't fight for it. I'm here to fight to continue to transport R-P students."

It was not immediately clear whether or not the board is obligated to re-evaluate the bids because of Bernard's contention. Not wanting to speculate, board Chairman Dan Munson said the board will confer with legal counsel before making any further decisions.

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What qualifies for Health and Safety Program Revenue?

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Education

During the Lanesboro School Board meeting on June 17, there was some discussion about an application for Health and Safety Program Revenue. Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained that this application used to be called Attachment #99. The board approve ..... 
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$500 scholarship available for returning college students

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a scholarship for Fillmore County college students who are returning to school this fall. To be eligible students must be a returning college sophomore, junior or senior; must be pursuing ..... 
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Make a splash...read!

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

Ahoy Readers! Young people age 0 through 18 are encouraged to come in and "Dive into Books" at Preston Public Library this summer, June 7 - August 28. Readers may sign up anytime all summer long. Weekly prize drawings will reward readers along with ..... 
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Fillmore County Deputy Sheriff's Association awards scholarships

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore County Deputy Sheriff's Association awarded two $500.00 scholarships this year. The scholarship program was established by the association in 1998. Graduating high school students who are residents of Fillmore County and pursuing a care ..... 
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County wide bullying grant

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Family Resources was awarded a county wide violence prevention grant in 2008. The grant is a Problem Solving Partnership Grant from Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs. The primary goal of the grant is to increase sa ..... 
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Teen summer reading at the Chatfield Public Library

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

Summer is here! Come on down to the library and participate in the summer programs, or just check out a good book! All teens ages 13-18 are invited to participate in the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Chatfield Public Library. The Teen Summer Re ..... 
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Fire at Fillmore Central High School handled well by all involved

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Education

During the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on May 25, high school Principal Heath Olstad gave the board an update about the recent fire at the high school building. The fire occurred on Wednesday, May 19, during the lunch hour, and it started ..... 
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Living with D.A.R.E.

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Education

Living with D.A.R.E. does not only mean drugs, it means making right choices. You shouldn't let a friend make your choices for you, even if they are your best friends, because the choices may not always be something good, like having you do drugs. Y ..... 
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