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R-P property "better than average"


Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - "This is not the type of site we're worried about, not even remotely," said Colby Verdegan of Chosen Valley Testing when asked about potential sink holes in the school's property near the football field.

Board member Chuck Eidenschinck raised the question of sink holes at the regular August meeting of the Rushford-Peterson school board. Verdegan had performed soil bore testing on the site that was purchased more than years ago for a future new school building.

Since this is southeastern Minnesota with a lot of karst geography, experts like Verdegan deal in probabilities with sink holes, he said. As far as the school's property and sinkholes, Verdegan says there's about as "low of a probability (of sink holes) as you can find in the county."

This would seem like good news on the surface, but Verdegan's report did nothing to settle what has become a contentious issue: whether the district will build a new building generally, and, if so, whether on that property, specifically.

While Verdegan's report seems to concur with what state official Bob Buresch found in his report just prior to the failed referendum in 2002, it is in contrast with the report by state Education Finance specialist John Ryberg in 2004.

Ryberg, then new on the job, was not familiar with the report by Buresch, who had retired. Ryberg expressed concern based on his visual tour of the property in 2004. Citing comments from a group of citizens who toured the site with him, Ryberg, in his written letter to the district, wondered about the existence of sink holes and expressed concern over comments from a citizen that farm structures were buried on the property. Ryberg did not expressly give the area a negative review, but said that the district would need to hire a "qualified Architect/Engineer, to do a proper evaluation of the proposed building site for a quality site assessment and cost feasibility."

Ryberg had also wondered about the soil quality, but according to Verdegan, the site is, "better than average from a soil position." According to Verdegan, the site would probably need fill material, particularly in parking lot and gymnasium areas, but he says this is "comparable to school district's (sites) in the area."

Verdegan's report was an information-only item.

Jeff Miller informed the group about a meeting he'd attended at city hall with board member, Roger Metz, to discuss the school's property. At issue is t .....
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Fillmore Central School Board: High school repairs cost more than expected

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann gave the school board an update on the tuck pointing project at the high school during the regular board meeting Tuesday evening, August 22. Damage estimates indicated that the work would be more extens ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board: Wellness Policy, a work in progress

Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Education

Following state mandates, the Lanesboro School Board approved a basic Wellness Policy at their regular meeting August 17, but that will not be the end of the policy development. Sara Decker informed the board she is "so excited" about the wellness p ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: District hires new staff for school year

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Several new teachers have been hired to work at Fillmore Central Schools to replace those who retired or resigned in the last few months. Principals Heath Olstad and Brenda Lentz presented the school board with the names of the new teacher ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Finances not flush but healthy

Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - As both the Activities Director and principal at Rushford-Peterson high school, Brad Johnson says he tries for balance and to "walk a fine line between academics and activities."

Johnson opened the R-P school board meeting last we ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board Report: Sport sharing to continue with Fillmore Central

Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Education

At their regular July 20 meeting, the Lanesboro School Board ratified their current agreement to share sports with Fillmore Central again in the coming school year. Cross country and track will be Lanesboro's responsibility, and baseball, softball, ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board

Fri, Jun 30th, 2006
Posted in Education

HARMONY - Fillmore Central’s contract renewal with Marsden Building Maintenance for custodial work in district schools was a topic of discussion at the regular school board meeting Tuesday evening. Chairman Ron Stevens, speaking for the committee th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board

Fri, Jun 30th, 2006
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board followed a recommendation from Toni Oian who deals with the district’s payroll, personnel, and benefits when they chose the health insurance for their employees at their meeting June 26. Oian suggested paying $404 ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board Report

Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Education

“She was truly an extraordinary teacher,” Superintendent Jeff Boggs declared as he read kindergarten teacher Diane Johnson’s letter of resignation to the Lanesboro School Board at their June 15th meeting. In her letter, Johnson told the board she ha ..... 
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