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R-P’s last legislative “hurrah”


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

In a continuation of discussion from the March 11 work session, Superintendent Chuck Ehler again sought guidance for the direction of the district in regards to facility improvements and upgrades. In the last six years, R-P has gone through a series of task work sessions, task forces, a dizzying number of legislative testimonies, bonding tours, and a referendum vote which was split in the community. Now, the board is looking to make a recommendation to the community, but not before the district appeared before the House Education Committee March 19.

“What direction do you want to go?” asked Ehler. There are currently two bills that could assist the district in funding, but there is little confidence in the outcome. There may be some relief for the district through debt equalization, but it is also not guaranteed. Some funding is available from the district’s New School Initiative and potentially assistance through the Health and Safety Fund.

“I still need to know exactly where the state is at,” responded board member Greg Smith. “I don’t know what to recommend to the public if you don’t have funding. We need to look at all options.”

The district is contemplating a major overhaul to the existing facilities, which includes an elementary and high school facility in Rushford and a middle school facility in Peterson. “One problem we have is where do you start and where do you finish,” added board chair John Linder. “We still have an old facility. How much do you want to spend on it? It’s $14-15 million to do what we have to do. Every option is on the table at this point. We’ll know shortly whether or not there’ll be help from the state, but ultimately [we] have to make a decision.”

Board member Taylor Peterson questioned whether or not the district could do something similar to other districts that are conducting upgrades with little to no tax increase. “They started with what they needed most. They’re not beating around the bush,” suggested Peterson. “Thinking back on a new school, all the money that was spent on architects and engineers; in six years, we’d have a darn good start. We keep exhausting people with votes. We’ve got to start something.”

The district, which has no current debt and had not had a bond issue since 1967, has had two referendums in the last decade. “I understand the concern,” noted Ehler. “We’ve had two facilities .....
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Kingsland School District explores idea of additional bus route

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met on March 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting. All school board members were present. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, minute review of the February 19, 2014 meeting, March 2 ..... 
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Kingsland School District explores idea of additional bus route

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on March 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting. All school board members were present. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, minute review of the February 19, 2014 meeting, March 2 ..... 
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Houston students get to look forward to trip abroad

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Education

At the Houston School Board meeting held on March 18, the board gave several approvals for various school needs. These included the approval of the 2014-2015 Houston High School Course/Curriculum, further training for the school board members, and ..... 
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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 11 to pass a resolution to issue bonds for projects at both the Preston and Harmony sites. The district is going to finance approximately $4,660,000 in projects with no increase in ..... 
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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 11 to pass a resolution to issue bonds for projects at both the Preston and Harmony sites. The district is going to finance approximately $4,660,000 in projects with no increase in ..... 
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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 11 to pass a resolution to issue bonds for projects at both the Preston and Harmony sites. The district is going to finance approximately $4,660,000 in projects with no increase in ..... 
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An essay on biodiesel can yield college cash

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Education

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The American Lung Association in Minnesota is seeking entrants to the 2014 Clean Air Choice® Biodiesel Scholarship. The scholarship is open to any Minnesota high school senior and offers a $1,000 1st place and $500 2nd place a ..... 
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2014 Poetic Strokes & Word Flow Anthology Poets selected

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Education

SELCO and all member libraries encouraged residents who live in the eleven-county SELCO region to submit original poetry to be considered for the 2014 Poetic Strokes & Word Flow regional anthology. Submissions were submitted in late Fall 2013. After ..... 
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