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Fillmore Central School Board: Board adopts deficit budget, discusses problems with cell phones


Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Education

HARMONY - At their regular meeting on June 25, the Fillmore Central School Board approved the budget for the 2007/08 fiscal year, which reflects an operating deficit of more than $200,000.

The actual budget that was adopted, with expenditures estimated at $8,007,105, has a deficit of $808,000. But of this amount, approximately $300,000 will be reimbursed for the day treatment program, although the district is uncertain as to when they will receive payment. An additional $260,000 will come out of the Capital Fund which is earmarked for building repairs.

When asked by board member John Torgrimson whether the district will need to make revisions as the year goes on, Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said, "Absolutely."

Luehmann also indicated previously that she expects that things may get worse in fiscal year 2008/09 due to declining enrollments and limited state funding.

Luehmann also mentioned that Title I funds did go down this year. A technology grant that the district used to receive was discontinued, and salaries have increased.

Cell phone issues

During his Principal's report, High School Principal Heath Olstad discussed some changes to the student handbook for the next school year. One of the issues that Olstad would like to address is the use of cell phones in the school. Keeping the students from using their cell phones during school has become increasingly difficult. Right now, when a student is caught using a cell phone in the classroom, the phone is confiscated and goes to Olstad's office for the day, and he calls the parent to let them know what happened.

"What are the kids missing?" asked Olstad. "There's a lack of concentration there." He also noted that students taking tests could be getting answers from a friend using their phones. Students can slip a small phone into their pocket and text message their friends undetected, making enforcing any kind of ban very difficult.

Olstad also addressed the reality that the phones are a sense of security for parents. "It's a comfort for parents to know their kid has a cell phone," he said.

Other schools in the area have banned the use of cell phones in the building, and some take the phones away and have the parents pick it up, or take it away for a week. Olstad mentioned that especially in winter weather, parents could get very upset about their child not having a phone while driving to and from school.

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Fillmore Central expects operating deficit for next school year

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Members of the Fillmore Central School Board, along with Superintendent Myrna Luehmann, met for a special meeting on June 18 to discuss the budget for the next school year.

Luehmann explained that Special Education funding from th ..... 
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R-P considers uncertain financial future

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - Even with all the extra time and effort going into the superintendent search, the R-P school board still has to hold their regular meetings to conduct business, which they did Monday, June 18.

The board was set to conduct second i ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board: Band and elementary SPED teachers hired

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Education

In record time, less than fifteen minutes, the Lanesboro School Board completed the open portion of their regular June meeting Thursday night, June 21, as they hired Joel Bryan as band instructor and Hollie Clarke as elementary special education tea ..... 
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Kingsland School Board: Building project on schedule

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday night June 18, and took action on a number of issues. Board members got an update on the building project and were told that for the most part the schedule is right on track. Starting in July, the contractor ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: R-P board narrows superintendent search

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Education

The R-P school board is diligently moving ahead with their plan to have a new superintendent in place this summer. Nineteen candidates applied for the position; two pulled out recently, presumably having found employment elsewhere.

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Kingsland School Board: Board recognizes retiring teachers

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Education

105 years of educating students of the Kingsland School District by three people was an opportunity for recognition by the School Board at the May 21 meeting. Judy Rose was retiring after 30 years, Carol Helgerson with 36 and Mary Grems had 39. Mitc ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Parent-Teacher Committee hopes to be active in promoting district

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Representatives from the Fillmore Central Parent-Teacher Committee (PTC) were at the Tuesday, May 22, school board meeting to speak about some of the issues they have been focusing on in their meetings. According to President Leslie Christ ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson superintendent committee works on district goals

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson superintendent search committee met for the first time Monday, May 14, with John Nitecki, current board chair, serving as committee chair. Board member Dan Munson also serves on the committee.

Originally, the plan had b ..... 
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