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Kingsland discusses a new position


Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

In a work session prior to the Kingsland Board of Education meeting, board members discussed the creation of a new position that would have the title of; "Director of Buildings & Grounds." Currently, the district is under contract with a company called Dashir that does all maintenance of facilities for the district. Many of the members said that preventative maintenance is very important and that the person or company hired to perform this function should have a solid background in managing those duties. It was decided to post the Building and Grounds position and to hold interviews of companies responding.

The board also discussed the interim principal position and how that will be filled for the rest of the year. Superintendent Strosahl said that there were applications for the position within the last couple of weeks and that one person was interviewed but rejected the offer from Kingsland administration. "It doesn't seem likely that someone will want to give up a current job for a temporary one that ends in three months," said Strosahl. The board essentially ended up by looking at three options: take time to look for a dean of students position, do nothing or continue to look for an interim principal. It would appear as though the consensus was to continue to look for an interim principal.

At the regular meeting technology instructor John Jones presented a new program to the board. It is called "Project Lead the Way" or PLTW. The program, if approved by the board, would be introduced to students in the district. It offers a practical, hands-on approach to math and science in the form of engineering design. According to Jones, it would have distinct advantages to the students and would offer college credits. The cost would be made up of a certification fee of $5,000, a two-week workshop for $4,500, $600 for class materials and $4,000 for a software package called Auto Desk. The total cost is $10,000. The board authorized Jones to continue to explore grants and to seek other sources of funding prior to giving final approval.

Superintendent Strosahl and Kathy Beevers briefed the board on the current financial situation of the district and what the financial outlook is for the next few years. Strosahl said, "Currently the district gets 70 percent of its funding from the state, 19 percent from property taxes, 3 percent federal and 8 percent from other sources." He continued, "Right now there is uncertainty from the state as to how .....
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Lanesboro school board ratifies teacher seniority list

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at a few minutes past 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 18th. All board members were present. Chairman David Ruen called the meeting to order. The board ame ..... 
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Congrats to FCMS Band students

Wed, Feb 17th, 2010
Posted in Education

Congratulations to all of the FCMS Band students who performed at the recital on Tuesday, Feb. 16th! YOU WERE FANTASTIC! Over 80% of the students received "top" or Superior ratings, 20 % received Excellent Awards, and there were no "Good" ratings giv ..... 
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Epilepsy Foundation announces scholarships

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is pleased to announce the 2010 call for applications for the Elam Baer and Janis Clay Educational Scholarship program. This program is in its fifth year and has been made possible through the generosity of Elam B ..... 
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What is cyberbullying?

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

It seems cyberbullying is on the rise. Online bullying, called cyberbullying, happens when teens use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Cyberbullying is a problem ..... 
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Fillmore Central hosts Math Wizards competition

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

On Monday, January 18th, Fillmore Central hosted the first Math Wizard's meet of the season. Math Wizards is an academic competition for fifth and sixth grade students. Schools from around the area, including Kingsland, Mabel/Canton, Lanesboro, and S ..... 
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Fillmore Central seeks budget shortfall resolve

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Education

There was a lot of discussion related to the budget at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 25. The board went over a few options they are looking at for cutting about $200,000 from the 2010 budget.

Superintendent Myrna Luehm ..... 
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Chatfield school board makes appointments

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Several Chatfield FFA members, three representatives of R.A. Morton, and the new interim superintendent of Chatfield Public Schools were all special guests at the school board's regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 29, 2010. The meeting also ..... 
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Fillmore Central triple "A" award winners

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Tricia Harstad and Nathan Hanson have been selected to represent Fillmore Central High School in the Triple "A" (Academics, Arts, and Athletics) Award program sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League.

Established in 1988, the Tri ..... 
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