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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 announced several weeks ago that they were not renewing the contract of Superintendent Jeff Miller.

The board finds itself in the position of currently having only one administrator, high school principal Brad Johnson, in the entire system. The situation is the result of unforeseen events, like medical leaves and a retirement, but also is largely due to the board's own decision to oust Miller, who also served as the principal of the middle school.

After spending time looking at a sheet of potential administrator arrangements prepared by Roger Metz, Jim Kitchens expressed his opinion that he'd "like to see the superintendent call the shots."

The rest of the board concurred that it might be wise to first hire a superintendent, and then let that person make decisions about how many principals to hire and their specific duties, acknowledging that different superintendents might have varying management styles and different requirements of staff.

Chairman John Nitecki had brought in a copy of the current job description for the superintendent, which he shared with the board. Dan Munson asked "should we add something about 'represents the district to the community, and is involved in the community'?"

Nitecki agreed and recommended the board add this statement to the description: "Represents the district by participating and being involved in our communities' activities."

George Ingram was a bit reluctant to be so specific and favored a more general contract.

Kitchens agreed with Ingram, saying "it almost goes without saying the guy should know this."

Munson pointed out that putting something specific in a job description means it can be used later in performance evaluations, and the board added the phrase.

Then came a discussion on the merits of hiring agencies, and the cost.

"This district has a lot of great things going for it," Nitecki said. "I don't really think we need to hire an outside consultant to do this (hire a superintendent) on our behalf."

Nitecki admitted, however, that an agency would expedite the process. Nobody remembered that the district had ever used an agency in the past.

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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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Strosahl hired to lead Kingsland

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
Posted in Education

SPRING VALLEY - After several months and meetings, Kingsland has a new Superintendent.

Kingsland High School Principal Darrin Strosahl will be the new Superintendent of the School District. He was hired during the board meeting on Wednesday ..... 
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