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Fillmore Central School Board discusses student safety


Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board discussed concerns people had brought to them about the safety of the school in light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut. Superintendent Richard Keith said he had received a few phone calls about the subject.

“We don’t want to turn the school into a fortress, but we want to be secure,” said Keith.

Keith said the entrances for SAC and daycare need to be looked at. The one for daycare is locked right now all the time, with a camera and a buzzer system. He said they are looking at options for replacing locks on classroom doors. Right now, they must be locked from the outside. It would be nicer to have a door that can be key locked from the inside, but still able to be opened from the inside.

Dean Chris Mensink said they now have numbers for all of the entryways to make things easier for emergency responders. They have to have five lock-down drills a year, as well as fire and tornado drills.

Mensink also mentioned that the fire department needs to do a walk-through in the building to be sure everyone knows the safest exits. Right now, the closest exit for the daycare is a stairway, and it would be difficult for the staff to take all of the infants down the stairs in an emergency.

High School Principal Heath Olstad said he has been very impressed with the staff and their responses, especially when there was an actual fire at the high school a couple of years ago. He said they take the drills very seriously.

All of the doors at the high school are locked during the day, except for the two main doors, which are opened during the lunch hour.

“I’m happy with where we’re at, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be better,” said Olstad.

Each teacher has an Emergency Preparedness booklet with instructions on how to handle every emergency situation.

Levy Approved

The board approved the 2012 payable 2013 tax levy at their regular meeting on December 18. Superintendent Richard Keith presented the board with information about the budget and the levy. There were no citizens present for the Truth in Taxation hearing.

Keith mentioned that the district had put a lot more money into technology this year, and also had to hire a third kindergarten teacher, and there is a slight increase (around two percent) in the general fund budget.

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Security at Fillmore County Schools

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in All Education

The tragedy of Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14 resulting in twenty children and six Sandy Hook Elementary staff members dead has had a rippling effect across the United States, including Fillmore County. The recent sorrowful event in tha ..... 
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R-P approaches city prior to referendum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Likely the biggest topic in the community in recent days, R-P district superintendent Chuck Ehler and board representative Greg Smith addressed the city council this past Monday about the upcoming December 19 referendum vote. Along with a presentati ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson informational meeting

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools will be holding an Informational Meeting regarding the upcoming Referendum for New EC-5th Grade Building for Business Owners on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Stumpy’s Banquet Room (basement ..... 
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Fillmore Central sells facility bonds for HVAC project

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Patty Heminover of Springsted financial advisors gave the Fillmore Central School Board some great news at their regular meeting on November 27. She informed the board that the alternative facilities bonds were sold at a competitive ..... 
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FC Club isn’t “camera shy”

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

Students at Fillmore Central High School have an opportunity that most kids in the area do not, and that is the opportunity to learn more about photography, share their pictures with others, and explore their interest by joining the Photography Club ..... 
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Chatfield School Board hears good news from audit report

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, November 19 with all members present at this regular monthly meeting. In addition to those who normally report to the board, auditor Alan Anderson was also present to present the 2011 ..... 
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Kingsland School Board receives National Certification

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland School Board held its regular school board meeting on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was held in the Kingsland school cafeteria, as a larger crowd than normal was expected to attend. Following the reg ..... 
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Kingsland School Board receives National Certification

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland School Board held its regular school board meeting on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was held in the Kingsland school cafeteria, as a larger crowd than normal was expected to attend. Following the reg ..... 
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