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Lanesboro School Board: Wellness Policy, a work in progress


Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Education

Following state mandates, the Lanesboro School Board approved a basic Wellness Policy at their regular meeting August 17, but that will not be the end of the policy development. Sara Decker informed the board she is "so excited" about the wellness policy. While the basic policy could be "just shelved," Decker reported that was not her intent and she knew the board agreed with her. Decker intends to sift through the "ton of stuff out there that can be used" and plans that the committee will come up with specific goals as they develop a long-range plan. Decker listed some of the aspects of such a policy: fitness-both activity and education-and nutrition; she stressed the interconnectivity of the aspects and looked to encourage teachers to create lessons that relate to them. Supporter Eliza Mitchell said she especially was concerned about chemicals in and around the school. Board member Linda Sifford suggested getting the students involved in developing the policy as well, giving them ownership in it. The Wellness Policy committee will be divided into subcommittees according to specialty areas.

New elementary

science texts

Elementary principal James Semmen detailed the yearlong process used to choose new science texts for the elementary. Semmen first checked with area schools to see which texts they were using; he then involved the teachers as they perused and used sample copies. After presentations from two book companies, the staff chose the Scott Foresman. According to Semmen, that series meshed with the MCA2 standards better; students will be officially tested on science in the 2007-2008 MCAs. The Scott Foresman texts come with hands-on material kits that correlate with science projects as well as technology such as DVD supplemental materials and test and worksheet generating software. End of the year inventory sheets will facilitate restocking the kit supplies. Semmen was excited to get the new texts; the school had not gotten new books since Semmen started teaching in Lanesboro.

Health insurance

"Holey Moley!" board member Steve Snyder exclaimed as he heard the new health insurance rates for the teachers. With rates of $841 for a single and $2,209 for a family per month, it's not surprising only two or three teachers take the insurance. (The school contributes $265 a month.) Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained the rate increased 23 percent this year. This high rate is not new; the school has been "disadvantaged" .....
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Fillmore Central School Board: District hires new staff for school year

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Several new teachers have been hired to work at Fillmore Central Schools to replace those who retired or resigned in the last few months. Principals Heath Olstad and Brenda Lentz presented the school board with the names of the new teacher ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Finances not flush but healthy

Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - As both the Activities Director and principal at Rushford-Peterson high school, Brad Johnson says he tries for balance and to "walk a fine line between academics and activities."

Johnson opened the R-P school board meeting last we ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board Report: Sport sharing to continue with Fillmore Central

Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Education

At their regular July 20 meeting, the Lanesboro School Board ratified their current agreement to share sports with Fillmore Central again in the coming school year. Cross country and track will be Lanesboro's responsibility, and baseball, softball, ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board

Fri, Jun 30th, 2006
Posted in Education

HARMONY - Fillmore Central’s contract renewal with Marsden Building Maintenance for custodial work in district schools was a topic of discussion at the regular school board meeting Tuesday evening. Chairman Ron Stevens, speaking for the committee th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board

Fri, Jun 30th, 2006
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board followed a recommendation from Toni Oian who deals with the district’s payroll, personnel, and benefits when they chose the health insurance for their employees at their meeting June 26. Oian suggested paying $404 ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board Report

Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Education

“She was truly an extraordinary teacher,” Superintendent Jeff Boggs declared as he read kindergarten teacher Diane Johnson’s letter of resignation to the Lanesboro School Board at their June 15th meeting. In her letter, Johnson told the board she ha ..... 
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