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R-P selects architectural firm and consultant


Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Following a review process that included the school board, administration and the volunteer members of the Facilities Task Force, the district has decided to move its New School Initiative forward with the architectural firm of ATS&R, of Minneapolis.

"Thank you," said board member John Nitecki. "This has been lengthy process. Everyone did their homework."

From here, the district will work with the firm to create preliminary plans for a new pre-K-12 facility that the district can present to the voters for referendum support in 2012. As it's currently written, the referendum would call for the district to borrow $8,900,000 for the purpose of supporting funds it hopes to secure through a Cooperative Facilities Grant in the amount of $20 million.

"We're already behind the eight ball," noted Superintendent Chuck Ehler. The district has long been working to be included in the legislative bonding tour for the 2011-2012 legislative session. Ehler was only recently made aware that the district was not included on that tour, despite the issue having the attention of local representatives for some time.

Due to this new information, the board has also approved plans to explore a potential agreement with RCS Consultant Peg Larson to assist the board with lobbying the legislature for funding. "She has a thorough expertise and knowledge of how the system works," added Ehler. "She would assist us in setting up a platform with the legislature, to create a united front. I would be great to have her on board to coordinate and be an advocate for the district."

Larson has already made encouraging recommendations to the district, including having Representative Greg Davids draft a separate bill for the district's needs so the district would not have to rely solely on the Minnesota Department of Education. "It's an assurance that it will get the attention that we need to get," noted Ehler. "I have knowledge of the workings of the system, how much grease we can put on the wheel in our best interest, but she could be that person for us," he stressed.

While the board agreed it would be a worthwhile venture, there was some concern over cost, which Larson said could be as high as $8,000. "We want to get all the steps right," added board member Greg Smith. "It's going to be worth a lot if it works."

ICS Consultant Gary Benson, who has worked with the district thus far on the New School Initiative agreed. "Our role is to develop .....
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Fillmore Central hears audit report for 2010-2011

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

At the regular board meeting on November 22, Fillmore Central received the audit report from Steve Salveson of Smith Schafer and Associates.

Salveson went over the revenues and expenditures for different areas of the budget from 2010-2011. ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board focuses on 2010-2011 audit report

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Lanesboro school board members met on November 22, 2011, for the monthly November meeting. The monthly meeting focused on the district's 2010-2011 audit report and a presentation by high school and elementary administrators regarding the district's ..... 
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Fillmore County Schools pass referendums

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Education

Two schools in Fillmore County, Mabel-Canton and Chatfield, had questions on the election ballot November 8 about referendums. They left it up to the voters to decide the fate of their financial future, and the voters were considerate enough to help ..... 
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SMIF awards $95,000 in grants

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently announced an award of $15,000 to the Kingsland Early Childhood Program (communities of Spring Valley and Wykoff) for its Preparing Children for Kindergarten through Collaboration project. The ..... 
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Two Lanesboro youth nominated as Minnesota Ambassadors of Music travel to Europe July, 2012

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Kirsten Ruen and Megan Kiehne, two juniors at Lanesboro High School, have the opportunity of a lifetime! They have been nominated to serve as Minnesota Ambassadors of Music and travel abroad next July 2012. Every two years, this association takes a ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson conferences

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Parent-Teacher Conferences for grades K-12 of the Rushford-Peterson Schools will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 4:00-7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, November 17 from 4:00-7:30 p.m.

Conferences for all grades; elementary, middle, and high sc ..... 
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School board hears about Fillmore Central's Ag in Motion trip

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Education

During the regular meeting on October 25, the Fillmore Central School Board was treated to a presentation by two students who attended the Ag in Motion trip this past summer. Dan and Theresa Doerr spoke about the trip and gave a power point presenta ..... 
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R-P selects architectural finalists for New School Initiative

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The New School Initiative is gaining momentum with the district seeking architectural proposals from eight regional firms. The action comes following direction from both the community and recommendations from an in-depth study by the Joint Facilitie ..... 
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