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Lanesboro School Board approves revised school calendar


Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton

The 2013-2014 calendar was approved by the Lanesboro School Board during the March meeting. At the April meeting, Principal James Semmen approached the board with a few changes.

He explained there were some SEMLAC (Southeast Minnesota Learner Achievement Collaborative) meeting dates that changed, and the September 23rd meeting was changed to October 21. He changed a few other non-student days around due to MCA testing. There was discussion about the last day of school being a half-day on a Monday.

Board member Steve Snyder suggested they take away a vacation day earlier in the year and have school be done at the end of May. He asked about President’s Day, and Superintendent Jeff Boggs said they have to take that day off. There was discussion about the Monday after Easter.

Snyder felt it was better to have more student days before the MCA testing than after.

The board approved the end of the school year on June 2, 2014, with graduation being June 1.

Ag program

Boggs explained there are fewer students and smaller classes in the school’s agriculture program and a full-time teacher will no longer be needed. The teacher will work half-time during the school day but will still have FFA.

Board member Christine Troendle commented that this should not reflect that the school does not support the ag program. She said they should look at it as an opportunity to look at other classes, what is being offered, and see what the school really needs.

Band and Choir

The board officially acknowledged the accomplishments of the band and choir. Boggs informed the board that at the large group contests, the choir received two excellent ratings, and one superior. The band received all good ratings, but he noted they had moved up to category one, which is the toughest category.

“The instructors are great at pushing the kids further by having them play a tougher piece. The kids did an excellent job,” said Boggs.

Audit Quote

Pam Ristau, who has done the audit for Lanesboro Schools for several years, gave a quote for this year for $7,650, which was approved by the board. Boggs explained the amount was up slightly from last year, because there is an extra form due to state regulations. He noted they have been very happy with her work in the past.

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State Knowledge Bowl Champions 2013

Tue, Apr 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Education

The top forty-four teams, out of over 800 across the state, competed at the Minnesota Service Cooperatives’ State Knowledge Bowl Meet held at Cragun’s near Brainerd on April 11th and 12th, 2013. The State Champions are: “A” Division Glen ..... 
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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 app ..... 
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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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