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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the district. Two spoke directly to the facilities debate.

“I want to thank the board for their work,” said Sandy Rumstik. “It takes a lot of time and sacrifice, and I’m willing to pay whatever it takes to sacrifice for them [the students]. I commend you. Keep at it. It’s so important,” she continued.

Board member Peterson, a vocal opponent to the school’s past New School Initiative, took the brunt of other comments. “You use your seat to perpetuate your personal issue with Mr. Ehler. I see you as negative, as anti-education. I find it appalling,” said Joellen Bingaman. “I think you have you own personal agenda and your axe is sharpened by the minions who voted you in. Things don’t last forever and you won’t.”

A brief banter between Peterson and Bingaman was halted by board Chairwoman Angela Colbenson, who advised that comments be directed at the board for advisement, rather than conversation on the issue. Discussions then turned to ongoing talks revolving around a potential flip-flop move of middle school grades to the Rushford facility and upper elementary grades to Peterson, also a hot button issue for the community.

“I think we need to see more pros and cons as to why we’re considering making this realignment,” said Judi Tekautz. “There doesn’t appear to be much discussion. The experts, the teachers, have told us about the benefits of the closed setting for the kids over there. You want to transport those grades to Peterson, but they have their sports practices in Rushford and grades 7-8 have theirs in Peterson. It seems counterintuitive; a bad use of resources. You want to make those fourth and fifth grades line up and wait for a bus, when they should be running off energy before school. It’s a bad age to be bussed, and it seems a poor use of their time. There seems to be more potential for negative consequences.”

Superintendent Chuck Ehler spoke concisely and positively, seemingly to both issues brought up by those in attendance. “At the May 29 meeting, this came about with an administrative recommendation. There is still ongoing discussion. Let’s take a breath, before the guns come out let’s l .....
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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the ..... 
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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board updated on laptop program

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton Lanesboro High School Principal Brett Clarke updated the school board on the one-to-one netbook program that was started at the high school this past school year. As they prepare for a new school year, Clarke said they will be instal ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Board of Education approves district credit cards

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

By Hannah Wingert The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on August 20, 2013 at 7p.m. All members were present except Mark Weideman, Todd Metzke, and Chris Hansen. The Summer School Program at the school was a success with almost 30 participants. ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Board of Education approves district credit cards

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Canton Education

By Hannah Wingert The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on August 20, 2013 at 7p.m. All members were present except Mark Weideman, Todd Metzke, and Chris Hansen. The Summer School Program at the school was a success with almost 30 participants. ..... 
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Kingsland prepares for 2013-14 school year

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, August 19, 2013 in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present along with Superintendent McDonald. Consent Agenda Items were approved including the minutes review ..... 
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Kingsland prepares for 2013-14 school year

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, August 19, 2013 in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present along with Superintendent McDonald. Consent Agenda Items were approved including the minutes review ..... 
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Chatfield Schools prepared for upcoming school year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met Monday, August 19 for its regular August meeting. The short meeting was focused around plans and updates for the rapidly approaching 2013-2014 school year. Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke exp ..... 
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