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R-P moves new referendum forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Options regarding the new school initiative and a November 4, 2014 referendum were recently presented to the Rushford-Peterson District School Board. Gary Olson, of Ehler’s & Associates, and Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, presented the district with a preliminary look and general obligation bond financing, estimated payments and tax levies for the proposed new debt, and early analysis of tax impact for the issue.

The district is seeking a new, $37 million plus, pre-K through grade 12 facility on the Eiken Drive property north east of the district’s sports complex. A referendum for a $15 million, pre-K through grade 5 facility was defeated in December 2012, following years of the district lobbying, unsuccessfully for $20 million in state aid through bonding bills. Following further pressure on lawmakers, a new change in debt equalization aid has renewed the district’s initiative.

The new bill could potentially assist the district with an estimated 55 percent of the funding. Designed to assist districts that have suffered natural disasters, the legislation could net R-P $1.6 million in aid. Through the original legislation, the district would have seen less than $200,000 in aid on its previous referendum project. “It would have been significantly reduced,” noted Gary Olson. “We looked at grant programs, but the legislature likes formulas and they didn’t want to set precedent, which is why they set up this formula. Legislators won’t have to pick to give money to district A, but not district B. It’s a way to provide you help.”

With the special legislation, aid is calculated by state average of taxable market values. The percentage of aid is also based on the size of the project and there is a threshold that much be reached. If the project is cut back, the district could receive less aid. According to Olson, if the project were reduced by $2 million, it would not reduce tax levy proportionally.

The district would need an estimated $38,165 bond for the project. Three uses of the funds include allowance for discount bidding ($183,192), which could give underwriter’s further flexibility for best bidding and legal and fiscal costs ($118,665). Also included is capitalized interest ($275,000), which will assist in keeping 2015 and a portion of the 2016 tax levy equal over time, due to the district being ineligible for aid the first year of the 20-year term.

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College News 6.16.14

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Dean’s List •North Dakota State University: Morgan L. Boyum, Jacob R. Kappers and Kayla M. Woltz of Chatfield, Minn.; Rebecca J. Theede of Fountain, Minn.; Britten J. Churchill of Rushford, Minn. •Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Kai ..... 
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Houston School Board works on 2015 budget

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on June 3. At the meeting the board continued discussion from the last meeting about the FY15 Proposed Budget and Gwen Rostad was present to answer any questions the board had. The board must approve a final b ..... 
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Fillmore Central School District is the recipient of a $5,000 Minnesota Twins Fields for Kids Grant

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Fillmore Central School District is happy to announce that we have been chosen as the recipient of a $5,000 Minnesota Twins Fields for Kids Grant that will help complete the fencing project at the Fillmore Central Baseball Field in Preston and a ..... 
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Fillmore Central looks at referendum options

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Patty Heminover from Springsted attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on May 27 to discuss possibilities for renewing a referendum. She went over statistics showing different schools in Minnesota that have attempted to renew a referen ..... 
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Fillmore Central looks at referendum options

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

Patty Heminover from Springsted attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on May 27 to discuss possibilities for renewing a referendum. She went over statistics showing different schools in Minnesota that have attempted to renew a referen ..... 
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Fillmore Central looks at referendum options

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

Patty Heminover from Springsted attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on May 27 to discuss possibilities for renewing a referendum. She went over statistics showing different schools in Minnesota that have attempted to renew a referen ..... 
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Recipients of the Fillmore Central Scholarship Foundation

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The awards were presented by school personnel at the Awards Night on May 19. Checks will be distributed when the students have presented proof of completion of the first semester and second semester registration at their respective post secondary ins ..... 
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Education Minnesota: Legislature delivered on promises to students

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All Education

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Education Minnesota President Denise Specht released the following statement on the 2014 legislative session following the signing of the budget and bonding bills by Gov. Mark Dayton. “Students and parents will see real improve ..... 
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