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Chatfield contemplates budget cut proposal


Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

"We have x amount of dollars to work with," Chatfield School Board Chair Jerry Chase explained to the large group of students and adults who gathered at the board's April 19 meeting to protest placing Chatfield English teacher Patricia Solum on unrequested leave of absence. Solum's position was part of a budget cut proposal that totaled $314,900 and included cuts to other departments of study as well as extra-curricular activities and maintenance.

Superintendent Greg Ehresmann presented his recommendations for the budget cuts to the board. The actual budget shortfall for the coming year was approximately $20,000 less than anticipated, bringing the district's deficit to $580,000. Many of Ehresmann's cuts to areas such as maintenance and staff support (conferences, substitutes, travel costs) focused on becoming "more efficient" with the district's money. One idea for such efficiency was having teachers attend webinars conducted online instead of full-fledged conferences which involve travel costs. Ehresmann also noted that the district will save approximately $30,000 in the coming year because they will no longer be faced with the cost of maintaining Potter Elementary School. However, cuts still must be made to existing staff in the English, business, music, physical education, and Title One departments. Using student pre-registration forms for next year, Ehresmann eliminated all classes with fewer than fourteen students to try to bring the number of classes down. At the meeting he stressed that, despite these cuts, there will be "no need" for classes of more than thirty students. He also noted that the Title One and physical education positions were eliminated in a previous year and only retained through stimulus funds, which are no longer available. Though sympathetic to the students' dismay over losing Solum, Ehresmann also reminded those present that seniority is a major factor in choosing which teachers to cut and that, in cases such as these, they cut a "position, not people." Three students spoke on Solum's behalf, noting her enthusiasm for teaching and her ability to draw students into English. The students also presented a petition containing 367 signatures of students, parents, and teachers who protested placing Solum on unrequested leave of absence.

The boys' and girls' golf program and Knowledge Bowl were among the extra-curricular costs cut from next year's budget.

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R-P School Board postpones cuts in staffing needs

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Monday, April 19th agenda included two resolutions affecting staffing needs for the 2010-2011 school year. Stemming from a work session earlier in the month, district Superintendent Chuck Ehler had recommended changes in five current positions. ..... 
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Fillmore County D.A.R.E. Program

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

In promotion of this year's theme of Healthy Counties, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about our D.A.R.E. Program in Fillmore County.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1983. The co ..... 
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Kingsland School Board strives to meet budget restrictions

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

In a continuing effort to meet budget restrictions, the Kingsland School Board passed a resolution Monday night approving and directing the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions. The following programs and p ..... 
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Local high school makes Walt Disney World their classroom

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Students from Chatfield High School of Chatfield traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort on Friday, March 26, 2010, to take part in the Disney Youth Education Series program (Y.E.S.) "Keepers of the Kingdom at Disney's Animal Kingdom(r)."

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Severe Weather Awareness Week

Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Severe Weather Awareness Week will be observed April 19-23, 2010. Fillmore County Emergency management would like to remind our residents to be aware and prepare for severe weather.

Thursday, April 22nd is statewide Tornado Drill Day. Fillmo ..... 
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Fillmore Central chisels away at transportation and extra-curricular activity costs

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

Decisions are being made and details being worked out in Fillmore Central's budget, which means a lot of changes for the 2010-2011 school year.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann discussed some of the things they have been working out to help sav ..... 
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Farm-to-school efforts double in Minnesota

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

The number of Minnesota school districts purchasing fresh food from local farms has more than doubled in the last 15 months, according to a survey released today by the Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA) and the Institute for Agriculture ..... 
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Fillmore Central small group contest

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Congratulations to the Fillmore Central High School Band department for its recent strong showing at the Minnesota State High School League Small Group Contest on Monday, March 16, 2010, in Austin, MN.

The band sent 16 entries, involving ove ..... 
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