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Fillmore Central talks budget cuts


Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Education

There was a lot of talk about the budget and budget cuts at the recent Fillmore Central School Board meeting. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said they still have no idea where the state is as far as funding the school districts. She went over the list of proposed budget reductions that was presented at the last meeting.

Luehmann said they will be replacing the third grade teacher that retired with another who is not yet tenured. This will be a savings of about $4,500. They will also be hiring a new media aide for the high school at a lower rate. Reducing one science class a year at the high school makes for some savings. Along with putting Social Worker Danette Grimsrud on ULA (Unrequested Leave of Absence), this is a total cost savings of $142,000, which Luehmann said is lower than the previous amount proposed.

"Not a thing has changed with our funding issues," stated Luehmann. "The legislature did not develop a budget for education. There will be a special session at some point, but we may have a shutdown of the Minnesota state government."

The school has to approve their budget by the June meeting no matter what the legislature decides or doesn't decide. The board approved the budget cuts, on the condition there will be additional savings in transportation.

Board member Craig Britton said the transportation committee met with Harmony Transit owner Mark Scheevel to discuss options for reducing the transportation budget next year. One of the things discussed was cutting a route. Britton said each route costs $37,000, but the school would not save the entire amount by cutting one route. They are looking at how they can make cuts without increasing the student riding time too much. Britton explained there is a route to Wykoff and Fountain that could be consolidated and would only increase riding time 5-10 minutes. There are now eight stops in Fountain, and they could make that four. There are four stops in Wykoff that could be reduced to one or two.

Board member Shelly Topness asked whether they had considered the ages of the students. She was concerned that someone would not want their young child walking a long way to the bus stop. Britton said they have considered that.

Doing this would save Scheevel about 4,500 miles, and save the district around $15,000. Britton said if they decide to take that route, they need to meet with Scheevel again to work out some more details.

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Rushford-Peterson education director resigns

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

At a huge loss to the district, Community Education Director Beth Theede is resigning from her position, effective May 26th. Instrumental to the district, Theede has assisted in the significant growth of the district's Lille By Preschool, as well as ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson graduation in sight

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

Sunday, May 29th, 2011 the members of the Class of 2011 will received their high school diplomas at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Commencement for the class of 38 graduating seniors is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. School board ..... 
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The next phase

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education



The next phase in my life isn't just going to be leaving Fillmore Central. It's about becoming an independent woman in the real world. Scary, yes, but it will be a journey that will make me a stronger person, more responsible and more respec ..... 
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Moving on

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education



It's finally time to move on to a bigger and better world: college. Senior year has been the fastest year of my life and even though it's been really fun, I'm ready to move on.

Next fall I will be attending UW-La Crosse to major in ..... 
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Where I go from here

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education



It's pretty crazy that graduation day is finally here. I remember thinking that kindergarten and eighth grade graduations were a big deal, but they no longer compare to graduating from high school. As a little girl I was always thinking of w ..... 
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The next chapter

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education



My "title" of a High School Senior is coming to an end. This past year seemed to be in fast-forward. Through the year, I have spent most of my time trying to define who I really am, what I want to do, and where I see myself in the future. In ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson announces 2011 summer meal program

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

This summer, all children ages birth to 18, REGARDLESS of income level, will be able to eat FREE breakfasts and lunches at school Mondays thru Fridays during designated serving times.

Summer meals will be served as follows: Breakfast from 8 ..... 
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Fillmore Central teacher receives Education Minnesota Foundation grant

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

ST. PAUL, Minn. March 19, 2011 - an innovative teaching project developed by local educators is getting a boost, thanks to a foundation created by Education Minnesota members. The Fillmore Central Sr. High Art Department joins 46 other classroom pro ..... 
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