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Mabel-Canton continues discussion of controlled entry


Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on April 16, 2013 at 7 pm. All members were present except Cristal Adkins.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Michael Moriarty made three additions to the agenda. A motion was made to approve the additions and carried. Consent agenda items including the minutes from the March 26, 2013 meeting and the monthly bills were approved.

First on the agenda was old business with controlled entry into the school being discussed. Several of the board members were not in favor of a buzz-in and camera system being used to allow entry into the school. Board member Jane Hall stated the teachers and workers in the school need to be vigilant and be sure there are no doors left propped open. Troy Soiney commented if someone really wanted access to the school, a locked door wouldn’t stop them. Mr. Moriarty said quotes have been made for the addition of a buzz-in and camera system and it wasn’t terribly expensive, costing the school approximately $2500. Principal Jeff Nolte said the school had gotten bids from Custom Alarm, and the salesman expressed concern that the quality of the camera needed to be good enough to easily identify individuals before being buzzed into the school. The board tabled the discussion for the time being, but will revisit it for the next school year. They did decide to add more surveillance cameras to have better coverage of the South and back parking lots although a date to do so was not selected at this meeting.

Early retirement packages were accepted and approved for Dennis Rud, Holly Becker, and Bonnie Wenthold. A letter of resignation from Nicki Terbeest was approved. Paul Tollefsrud requested a day without pay on May 2nd which was also approved.

For new business, the district insurance renewal will have a 6% increase bringing the total to an annual $29,309. The board also approved a $5 a month increase for the 3 day Pre-kindergarten class in the 2013/2014 school year. The 2 day pre-k class tuition and transportation fees for both classes will not increase.

Mr. Moriarty stated the budget for the next school year will be ready by the June meeting. He is expecting $3 million in revenue in the general fund and $3 million in expenses. Moriarty also said the school needs to purchase another van since only one of the two the school currently owns is acceptable for student use.

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R-P speech finalists

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Congratulations to the speech coaches and participants on a job well done at Sections. They have done a fine job of representing R-P Schools! Please join me in congratulating the following students on their accomplishment of advancing to the state c ..... 
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R-P board hits at board member letter

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

By Kirsten Zoellner A March 27 open letter to a local news publication by R-P board member Taylor Peterson prompted the need for comments by nearly all board members at the April 15 regular meeting. A long-time advocate for cost savings in the dist ..... 
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Chatfield School Board examines controversial coaching situation

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The room was packed at the Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday, April 15 as parents, students, and district staff members were in attendance to show their support for head basketball coach Tom Bance. This is after a signe ..... 
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Lanesboro athlete prepares for DownUnder Sports Competition

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Mitch Walbridge Gabe Decker is a junior at Lanesboro High School who takes his participation in athletics very seriously, particularly his involvement in the Lanesboro-Fillmore Central-Mabel-Canton track program. But this year Decker is taking t ..... 
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Kingsland presented with Patriot Award

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board held their monthly meeting on April 15, 2013 in the Kingsland conference room. All members were present with the exception of Troy Asher. Also present was Superintendent McDonald. In the first order of ..... 
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Minnesota State High School Clay Target League announces 114 trap teams

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) announced that 114 high school teams representing 195 schools and 3,400 student athletes are participating in the 2013 spring season. Led by the support of their ..... 
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SEMAC awards Arts Grants

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Education

On March 19, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 46 grants for a total of $183,305 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included twenty-three McKnight Individual ..... 
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Chatfield discusses snow day makeup

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge With snowy Mondays all throughout the month of March, area schools have delayed and cancelled classes for the safety of their students. The story was the same for Chatfield School District. But how many snow days are too many ..... 
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