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Fillmore Central School Board: Daycare program considered a huge success


Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
Posted in Features

“Nothing but praises from parents,” said Allen LaFleur, the district’s day care instructor, as he summed up Fillmore Central’s first year as a daycare provider. LaFleur was briefing the Fillmore Central School Board at their June meeting on June 22.

Starting in September, with eight to nine children a day, the numbers have grown to an average of 14, peaking at 19 on its busiest days. The district is licensed for up to 22 children.

Though the program started with sparse accommodations, donations from the supportive public have turned the site into “toy heaven” for its visitors. Some grants have helped fill the gaps for such items as a commercial refrigerator and chain link fencing. Another grant is being sought to purchase six computers whose programs are geared just for kids.

The district is now working on fulfilling state requirements to be licensed for infants and toddlers. A preliminary survey showed that the initial four infant openings to be offered would be quickly filled, with toddlers following suit. Very specific requirements such as a crib and changing table for each infant must be considered. It is the district’s intention to be able to offer eight infant and 14 toddler slots when the structural work is completed and inspected on the 20’x20’ room, which is the minimum floor space allowed.

“We work closely with the kindergarten teachers to know what they expect from children coming into their classrooms,” stated Kayla Lange, the teacher at the center. Preschoolers are even introduced some basic Spanish, a language second only to English in the U.S. The kids love the many activities.

Janeen Wingert, the summer school director, told the board about her program. The days run from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Marlene Peterson and Wingert split the day, each having an older high school student helping with the 48 children. A morning and afternoon snack is provided by the school, but students bring their own sack lunches. Each week has a designated theme. Kids enjoy golf, softball, soccer, swimming, visiting the library and other events. During the school year four or five children attend prior to the beginning of the school day; 20 to 30 attend after school hours.

A $2.25 per hour charge is collected with a second child attending at $2.00. The daycare program’s fee is $110 per week which includes preschool activities. Those f .....
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
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Felony Charges

•Paul Arthur Jewison, 39, of Chatfield was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, June 21, with one felony count of assault in the third degree stemming from a fight at a Chatfield bar on November 15 ..... 
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Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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Conservation Officer Jeff Fleming and Leonard Johnson of Houston chat during the special DNR fishing event for people with special needs at Sylvan Park in Lanesboro on Wednesday, June 16. This is the 23rd year that the DNR has sponsored the event. Th ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Rushfordites: Don’t run those sump pumps into the drain!

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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INI and VFD were two very important acronyms at the June 14 Rushford City Council meeting as Public Works Department’s Jeff Copley explained the problems at the water treatment plant over the past week. Greeting the council with, "I hope your week’s ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council chided for out-of-town purchase

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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“I was disappointed we went out of town,” stated Kerry Kingsley, owner of Kingsley Mercantile of Harmony, as he addressed the Harmony Council on Tuesday, June 15. The city council had awarded a mower bid to M & M Lawn & Leisure, a Rushford business, ..... 
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Public hearing set on Heartland JOBZ project

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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The Preston City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 28, to hold a hearing for the purpose of considering a Business Subsidy Agreement between the city of Preston and Heartland.

Immediately following the hearing ..... 
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Commissioners consider legal review of county Zoning Ordinance

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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With the many challenges the county’s zoning ordinance has faced, the most recent example being the court ruling by Judge Robert Benson against the county in the Slabaugh case, the county board has decided it is time to seek out expert legal advise.< ..... 
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Fillmore County P&Z: Yet another subdivision draws fire

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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A proposed six-lot subdivision in the SW1/4 of the NW1/4 of Section 32 in Preble Township wasn’t warmly received as numerous residents of the community spoke up during the public hearing at the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning meeting on Thursday ni ..... 
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Gentlemen, start your engines!

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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LANESBORO - Finding Andy Kelly on a typical Friday night might be more difficult than you would expect. He is not likely to be out partying or driving to Rochester to see a movie. He is probably not even cruising around the streets with his friends. ..... 
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