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Fillmore Central gets grant


Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Schools is one of twenty in southeast Minnesota who will be boosting learning options for their students with videoconferencing supported by a federal grant.

Southeast Minnesota's rural schools struggle with providing basic education to students due to several educational barriers that inhibit innovative content delivery for students. That may be about to change, thanks to a $373, 123 grant from the US Department of Agriculture. The funding will help the school districts to bridge the "digital divide" with videoconferencing technology that will bring more course options as well as teacher professional development to all of the schools with collaborative programming.

Fillmore Central Schools participated in the Southeast Minnesota Generation Now Learning Project proposal, led by Southeast Service Cooperative and Southland Public Schools on behalf of the twenty schools. The proposal was one of 191 eligible applications that competed nationally in the 2009 USDA Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program. The impetus behind the proposal came from the Southeast Minnesota Network (SEMNET), a consortium distance learning network of schools in Minnesota's southeast eleven counties.

Riverland Community College and Minnesota State College Southeast Technical will likely play a role in the project, offering concurrent courses that provide both high school and college credits for some courses. The project will build off existing distance learning programs that have been initiated in several area rural schools, such as Southland, LeRoy-Ostrander, Lyle, Grand Meadow, and Caledonia.

Each school district in the Generation Now Learning Project will receive mobile videoconferencing units with plasma displays and wireless capability. This technology will integrate with existing technology infrastructure to provide access to these distance-learning opportunities. The project will provide training for teachers in using distance learning technologies.

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program is designed to enhance educational and health care services in rural America.

Lanesboro school board listens to CPA Pam Ristau regarding Audit Report

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Education

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, November 19. Prior to their regular meeting, the board met with State Senator Sharon Ropes for an open Q & A session. All boa ..... 
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Lanesboro Elementary School News

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Education

This year our kindergarten through 8th grade started to work with the Second Step Program. This past spring, with funding from a Bullying Prevention Grant through Fillmore County, Lanesboro Schools received training on the Second Step Program. The Se ..... 
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Lanesboro Secondary News

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Education

The students in grades seven through twelve are in the midst of new initiatives this fall. The secondary school has embraced a positive new approach that is called Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions. The approach is becoming more widely acc ..... 
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Fillmore Central school board reflects on cuts

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Education



The Fillmore Central School Board recently had a joint meeting with the Caledonia School Board about the possibility of sharing a superintendent in the future. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said they are looking at ways to make cuts. At the ..... 
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Kingsland questions i4Knights effectiveness

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday, November 16, at the Kingsland High School District Conference Room. All members were present. The agenda was approved with one minor change, moving the audit report earlier in the meet ..... 
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Classes getting "overloaded" at Chatfield High School

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board met for its regular meeting on November 16, 2009. All members but one were present. A large audience from the community also attended the meeting.

The main topic of discussion before the board was finance. Alan And ..... 
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Program praised by R-P school board

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

Teachers Shari Michel and Cheri Vix gave an enthusiastic presentation regarding a new program in the district at the Monday, November 16th, board meeting. While the goal is to have the program eventually reach more grade levels, the program currentl ..... 
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Fillmore Central holiday concert

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Schools band and choir department would like to invite you to their annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 7, 2009, at 7:00 PM in the high school varsity gymnasium in Harmony. Performance groups will include the FCMS 5-6th g ..... 
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