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Chatfield school year off to a good start


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

With another school year back in session, Chatfield School Board members met on September 17 to see how students are approaching the new academic year. Both Principals Craig Ihrke and Randy Paulson were present to give insight.

Irhke and Paulson had coinciding messages to bring to the board that the new school year is off and running well. In these first few weeks both the elementary and high school have been getting components such as fire and bus safety refreshed in the minds of both students and staff members. Chatfield High School is once again implementing the SMART Goals program which will be fully operational by the beginning of October. Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke reiterated the importance of the 100 Book Challenge and stressed that at least one parent should attend the parent evening on September 25. This will encourage both reading at home and parents to become “at home coaches” to their children’s reading literacy development.

Community Education Director LuAnn Klevan also addressed the board Monday night on the district’s pre-school program. This year the pre-school program is offered in a newly formed, full day setting. Of the 93 pre-school age children attending Chatfield, 40 have opted to do the full day program. Klevan stated that this will help the students by creating fewer transitions for the children in addition to getting more accustomed to the school’s atmosphere. Finally, Klevan mentioned that the mission statements and objectives for the community education department will be analyzed to make sure that they are relevant and updated to current needs and goals.

Superintendent Ed Harris mentioned some financial information dealing with the district’s preliminary levy for the fiscal year 2013. It will be nearly unchanged from last year. Also, the 2012 budget is expected to come within one percent of projected expenditures. He gave recognition to Carol Lyon crediting her for all of her work on the budget.

To conclude the meeting the board hired contracts for Kate Kennedy as a high school paraprofessional. Also, contracts were approved for Pauline Schriever and Paula Jobes to share the school nurse position for this school year. Finally, Hammell Equipment had a bid accepted for the next two years for snow removal. The next meeting is set for October 15, 2012.

Kingsland happy with the start of new school year

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland School Board held its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. Superintendent McDonald was present. All School Board members were present except Steve Tart. Consent agenda items were reviewed and accepte ..... 
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Fillmore Central Elementary is a REWARD school!

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Based on the Minnesota Department of Education Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR), Fillmore Central Elementary has been designated as a REWARD School. The REWARD School designation is given to schools that are in the top 15 percent based on their MMR ..... 
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MN Sheriff’s Scholarship program

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Education

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen announced today the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2012. Sheriff Jensen proudly announced that the MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to ..... 
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2012 Summer Reading at Preston Public Library

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

We had a fantastic Summer Reading Program this year, and we extend Congratulations to all of our successful summer readers! A total of 85 participated in Preston Public Library’s “Dream Big, Read!” reading program. Little ones in the Cuddle Me ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves staffing changes

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Harmony Education

The new school year is off to a great start for Fillmore Central students, who started school early this year due to a project being done at the high school next summer. Principal Heath Olstad said everything is running smoothly. At their regular ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves staffing changes

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The new school year is off to a great start for Fillmore Central students, who started school early this year due to a project being done at the high school next summer. Principal Heath Olstad said everything is running smoothly. At their regular ..... 
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Fillmore Central Band members participate in All State Concert and Symphonic bands

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Education

This past week, August 6-11, 2012, two hundred of the finest high school band musicians met at the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Band Camp on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Among these elite performers we ..... 
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Fillmore Central Class of 2012 shines at next level

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Education

By Lane Powell As an educator of 20 years, I am always amazed at the personal growth and achievements of the young people in our communities. Fillmore Central Schools, teachers, and parents can all take pride in knowing that we do an outstanding jo ..... 
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