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R-P board takes a look forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Just six weeks past a rejected referendum for a new $15 million, early childhood through grade 5 facility, the R-P board once again took an in-depth look at what can be done with the district’s aging facilities. With four new members on the board, including Valerie Howe, Julie Koop, John Linder, Taylor Peterson, discussion covered public opinion, scope of plans, financial planning, and potential future plans.

“I’ve done a lot of reflecting on the referendum and have come to the following conclusions,” began Superintendent Chuck Ehler who presented a prepared document to the board. The top five conclusions, based on post-referendum information were:

•We have to keep the building in Peterson open and will need to plan to update the building.

•Tax impact – Our citizens felt the tax impact was too great.

•There is a belief that we can invest in our current facilities vs. a new building.

•We need to more directly involve our government entities (city of Peterson, Village of Rushford, and City of Rushford).

•Our citizens and residents want a plan that is long-range and comprehensive. They want a “one and done” project.

Based upon those reflections, Ehler went on to suggest the district move forward with five items. First, the hiring of architectural firm ATS&R and ICS Consulting to complete an educational analysis of the buildings. According to Ehler, this will provide a thorough engineering analysis of both buildings, including mechanical, electrical, heating, and technology assessments.

Secondly, the hiring of David Drown Associates to complete a fiscal impact study. Used by the city of Rushford for both short and long-term project and financial planning, Ehler believes this would assist in a cooperative effort between the district and city government in gauging the impact of the cost associated with updating our facilities or building a new facility for early childhood-grade 5 and grades 9-12.

After an analysis is complete, Ehler would then suggest the district begin to update and improved the Peterson facilities through deferred maintenance funds. According to Ehler, this would consist of a new boiler, flooring (carpeting), windows, lockers, and covering the exterior in steel, and could be accomplished within three years.

Next, an analysis of the elementary/high school buildings would determine a .....
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Top Ranking Area Junior High Knowledge Bowl teams announced

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in All Education

Fifty-three teams from 18 area districts participated in 2012-13 Junior High Knowledge Bowl. Teams competed in Round Robin competitions in October, November and December. Each team then competed in the Sub-Regional competitions in January and the to ..... 
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Dorian Honor Band students from Fillmore Central announced

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The FCHS Band Department is proud to announce that the following students have been selected to participate in the 2013 Dorian Honor Band at Luther College on Sunday, February 24 and Monday, February 25. Approximately 625 musicians are chosen to p ..... 
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Chatfield School Board

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

With the first Chatfield School Board Meeting of the new year, on January 22 the board started business by organizing board positions. Jerry Chase will once again be board chair, vice chair will be Kathy Schellhammer, Greg LaPlante will be the clerk ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board ready for 2013

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

At the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 22, 2013, new board member Emily Ellis took her oath and was sworn in. Ross Kiehne and Jim Love were also sworn in, as they had been re-elected. The officers for 2013 will remain the same, w ..... 
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Two $500 scholarships offered by Fillmore SWCD

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Jeanette Serfling, Administrative Assistant Each year the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District offers a $500 scholarship to a Fillmore County graduating high school senior. To be eligible the student must be pursuing a degree in Natural R ..... 
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Sports equipment to be awarded to local schools on January 18

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Education

The culmination of the “Give to the Max Day” challenge will be Friday, January 18 at the Fillmore Central gym in Preston. The Preston Area Community Foundation was challenged by the Spring Valley Community Foundation to see who could have the m ..... 
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AgStar accepting High School Senior Scholarship applications

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Mankato, Minn.- The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is now accepting applications for its high school senior scholarship program, which awards up to 20 students with $1,000 scholarships. T ..... 
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Chatfield’s Math Data team helps students make the mark “The Perfect Storm”

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield High School’s Seniors hit an all-time high for passing the Math MCA test. With 93 percent of their students passing the test, this far has exceeded any of our expectations, according to High School Principal, Randy Paulson. “Our origin ..... 
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