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Fillmore Central makes budget cuts


Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting to decide on needed budget cuts on March 11.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said that the process started in November when faculty members were asked for their input on how to reduce the budget. Final recommendations were made available to board members in late February, with instructions not to discuss them publicly. She suggested that the final cuts of more than $200,000 were arrived at with the help of administrators, principals, and staff.

Luehmann warned of the future need for more budget cuts. She said that she made an effort to stay away from the class room and to pave the way for the future so as not to face the same need for budget cuts next year. Her most controversial recommendation was to eliminate the K-8 principal position with the duties of that position being combined with her position as superintendent.

In addition Luehmann recommended that the district office be moved to Preston. With the added responsibilities for the superintendent in that office, secretarial and business staff would not be cut. She stressed that her recommendations were made without focusing on the individual people affected.

Dissension from the Board

Board member Deb Ristau was troubled by the process and the lack of openness with the public. She noted that she has served on the board for five years. Last time budgets were addressed, Ristau said that there were open meetings allowing discussion from the public. She asked the board to step back and think about cutting the K-8 principal position. Ristau asked that they take time to look closely at all the options. She acknowledged that numbers are down in both classes and in athletics. Ristau insisted that cuts should come in athletics before the classroom as the district's primary job was to educate kids.

Ristau said that the proposed reconfiguration of the administrative positions needs to be explained to the public. She made a motion to table any decision and hold a public meeting to take input from district citizens. This was seconded by board member John Torgrimson.

Torgrimson echoed Ristau's feelings. He said that he was disappointed that the recommendations are just now "seeing the light of day."

Board member Ron Stevens claimed that Luehmann has had input from knowledgeable people. Board member Michelle Topness insisted that this decision can't be tabled forever. Ristau's moti .....
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Kingsland building project on schedule

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board received several reports at their Thursday, February 21 meeting.

Building Project

The building project is on Schedule. Scott Sinclair representing the contractor said that concrete was poured on the last sl ..... 
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Lanesboro School District donates $1000 to Lakeview

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro school board, at their regular meeting on February 21, 2008, agreed to send a donation of $1,000 to the memorial fund that has been established on behalf of the children killed in the tragic school bus accident near Cottonwood on Tuesd ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board to require annual review of administrators

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board had some discussion at their regular meeting last Thursday, February 21 about the need to conduct annual reviews of the administration and the superintendent. The board members agreed that having an annual review pr ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School board deals withroutine matters

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - It was slim pickins' for new business at the R-P school board's regular meeting last Monday, February 11. But maybe that's a relief after a year that included a 500 year flood.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler reported that he and admin ..... 
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Fillmore Central faces budget cuts

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore Central School Board is faced with the difficult and unpleasant task of making cuts to the budget for 2008. At the regular meeting on Wednesday, January 30, the board decided to form an ad hoc committee to look at the numbers ..... 
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R-P moves closer to asking for new school

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - The Rushford-Peterson school board unanimously approved a 20-page letter to Commissioner of Education, Alice Seagren, prepared on behalf of the district by ICS Consulting, Inc, of Spring Lake Park.

The document outlines a "skeleto ..... 
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Kingsland receives several gifts

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - It was a very positive meeting of the Kingsland School Board. It started off with several donations to the School District from members of the public. Sam's Club donated $1,000, the Fountain Fire Department gave another donation of $1,000 a ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board authorizes 2008 multi-cultural trip

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Education

LANESBORO - At their first meeting in 2008, the Lanesboro School Board authorized teacher Chris Knutson to go ahead with organizing a December 2008 school trip to the border area of Texas. Billed as a Multi-cultural Experience, with exposure to Span ..... 
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