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Future of Root River Education District is up in the air


Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
Posted in Education



HARMONY - Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann gave the School Board a report about the recent status of the Root River Education District (RRED) at their meeting on Monday, February 19. According to Luehmann, the RRED gives Fillmore Central a lot of services, including Special Ed. services, speech, language, deaf and hard of hearing, and services for children birth through age three. The RRED also has a day treatment school in Harmony, the only one in the area.

The RRED has always consisted of Lanesboro, Kingsland, Mabel-Canton, Fillmore Central and Chatfield schools. In November, Mabel-Canton and Chatfield decided they would rather be part of the Hiawatha Valley district, which has several clusters in southeast Minnesota, and includes Spring Grove, Caledonia, Wabasha, Winona, and Rushford-Peterson schools, among others. Lanesboro later decided to withdraw as well. In addition, Mary Rae, the RRED Director, will be retiring at the end of the school year.

"We will lose a third of our numbers without those districts," said Luehmann. She added that it was not feasible for Kingsland and Fillmore Central to continue on as the RRED due to the small numbers, and that Hiawatha Valley district is not willing to take these two schools into their district.

According to Luehmann, there are a few things that could happen now. The RRED could disband, and everyone go their own way. There could also be a year of transition for the RRED, or some restructuring. Luehmann spoke to someone from the Zumbro district, which includes Stewartville, Hayfield, Blooming Prairie, Triton, Byron, Pine Island and Kasson-Mantorville. The Zumbro District is interested in taking FC and Kingsland, but the change cannot be made before the end of the year on July 1.

"I think what will happen is that we will have a year of transition, when we can take the time to get things wrapped up with Root River Ed. District," stated Luehmann. She added that RRED staff must be notified by March 10 if they will be disbanding by July 1.

There will be another meeting the first week in March. The board agreed to let Luehmann make the recommendation that she feels is in the best interests of the students.

Tennis Courts

The City of Preston has been having trouble finding a suitable location for the tennis courts they would like to construct. According to board member John Torgrimson, the Preston Tennis Committee has looked at a few sit .....
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Fillmore Central School Board Report: District will end private custodial contract

Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Education

A few employees of Marsden Building Maintenance were in attendance at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting Thursday evening as the board discussed their present custodial contract with the private firm.

When the board renewed Marsden's ..... 
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R-P board discusses expanding curriculum

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - Improving the curriculum was the theme of the R-P school board's monthly meeting.

Of those who responded to a survey sent to the class of 2001, "27% had rated our computer skills preparation as 'poor'," said counselor Jenny Helge ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board: Wellness committee makes recommendation

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
Posted in Education

Sara Decker presented the three-pronged recommendation of the Wellness Committee to the Lanesboro School Board at their January 18 meeting. Decker reported the committee had been meeting monthly since its formation in August and had researched the r ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board - Post retires from post

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Education

Math teacher Jerry Post resigned in a succinct letter to the Lanesboro School Board at their regular meeting December 21st. Post intends to retire as of January 19th. Knowing his plans, Superintendent Jeff Boggs advertised the position shortly after ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Board votes to stay with Liquid Asset Fund

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Education

In a unanimous vote, the Fillmore Central School Board decided to stay with the MN School District Liquid Asset Fund (LAF) for their depositing, investing and banking needs. For the last month, the board has been reviewing proposals from F&M Bank in ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Eidenschinck, Boe and Peterson leave Rushford-Peterson school board

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Education

Three outgoing members of the R-P school board ended their term at the meeting last Monday, December 18 with a relatively tame meeting.

David Boe, Chuck Eidenschinck and Jon Peterson have served the district since 2002. Boe was absent from t ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Board approves JV boys basketball team

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore Central School board approved the addition of a Junior Varsity Boys Basketball team, along with the addition of a new coach, at their regular meeting last Monday night, November 27..

Current coach Chris Mensink approa ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: R-P looks at building security

Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
Posted in Education

A security expert has determined that there are too many open entrances at Rushford-Peterson schools.

The R-P school board took a closer look at building security at its regular monthly meeting November 20. Superintendent Jeff Miller present ..... 
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