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Wykoff resident speaks out against Kingsland Board’s proposed closure of middle school


Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

On October 21, the Kingsland School Board voted unanimously to close the middle school location in Wykoff and move to a single site school in Spring Valley. Along with the closure would come a referendum that would need to be approved to expand the current Spring Valley site. This decision was based on a recommendation to the Kingsland School Board by a special 13-facility member committee that discussed options for three and a half hours. The members of the committee were board members, teachers, activities and grounds directors and district administration.

Members of the committee are Doug Plaehn (board chairman), Gwen Howard and Deb Larson (school board members), elementary teacher Tara Holmen, middle school teacher Emily Biske, high school teachers Andrew Brouwer and Jen Orth, transportation director Kevin Klomps, district tech manager Bob Tieffencacher, athletic director Tom Speltz, High School Principal Jim Hecimovich, Middle and Elementary School Principal Chris Priebe, grounds and maintenance director Scott Stockdale, business manager Todd Lechtenberg and Superintendent John McDonald.

The committee was given a total of five options by the architectural firm, TSP, hired by the district to recommend facility use exploration. The first two options included making repairs at the Wykoff location including an option that would not implement a referendum, but instead would implement the use of capital facilities bonds or alternative facilities bonds. At a cost of $116,427 of operating capital funds over 10 years, this would be a tax-neutral choice. Alternative facilities bonds would mean taxes would be impacted. A $100,000 homestead would see $85.74 a year increase.

Another option presented would require a referendum at $6,066,782 with a tax implication of voter approved bonds at $64.60 and alternative facilities bonds at $85.60, totaling $150.34 annually on a $100,000 homestead. While the first option is for the middle school location only, the second would encompass both the Wykoff and Spring Valley sites.

The remaining three options would involve a single site campus in Spring Valley and the closure of the middle school in Wykoff. The first of these three includes educational improvements, the construction of a field house (an indoor sports arena), new locker rooms and a walking track. This plan would come in at $12,820,731 with an impact of $114.64 in taxes on a $100,000 homestead over 20 yea .....
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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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Fillmore Central SAC kids send letters to Heroes

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

Children at Fillmore Central’s School Age Childcare (SAC) wrote letters to service members in the Holidays for Heroes program to wish them happy holidays and to thank them for their service. Janeen Wingert, Director of Fillmore Central SAC, said ..... 
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Fillmore Central SAC kids send letters to Heroes

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

Children at Fillmore Central’s School Age Childcare (SAC) wrote letters to service members in the Holidays for Heroes program to wish them happy holidays and to thank them for their service. Janeen Wingert, Director of Fillmore Central SAC, said ..... 
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Fillmore Central SAC kids send letters to Heroes

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Education

Children at Fillmore Central’s School Age Childcare (SAC) wrote letters to service members in the Holidays for Heroes program to wish them happy holidays and to thank them for their service. Janeen Wingert, Director of Fillmore Central SAC, said ..... 
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Experience art in the southeastern libraries traveling art exhibit launches

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in All Education

SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating), the regional library system in Southeastern Minnesota, and SEMVA (Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists) announce the launch of the 2014-2015 tour of the Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries (easel) tr ..... 
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Textbooks versus e-textbooks

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Burnsville, Minnesota – December 12, 2013 – With one semester wrapping up and another right around the corner, you can bet that some college students are already starting to do their research online, trying to find the best deals on textbooks. A ..... 
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