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Chatfield Schools hold Truth in Taxation meeting


Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board completed its final 2011 agenda at the regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 19. During this regular meeting, the board held its public Truth in Taxation hearing.

The Truth in Taxation hearing was primarily led by Superintendent Edward Harris. Harris gave a summary of the district's levy situation after the November 8 elections. The election results renewed the $350.77 per student rate and the second question increased the rate $250.00 per pupil. Harris also presented the balances in each of the school's funds. Finally, Harris explained the new homestead credit shift being enacted. Following the presentation, public input was encouraged. Barbara Upton expressed her appreciation for seeing small schools being successful for covering basic educational expenses.

In addition to the Truth in Taxation hearing, Harris explained some other items happening within the district. The MSBA, or Minnesota School Boards Association, conference is approaching and will take place in early January. Some Chatfield members will be in attendance. Also, Harris recognized all of the time that was put into achieving Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, in the Chatfield school district's reading program. Throughout the fall, the district has been taking an aggressive look at targeting literacy and reading development.

Elementary principal Craig Ihrke reiterated the district's look at the reading program. Ihrke reported that he had made visits to other schools and viewed other reading plans. Principal Ihrke also highlighted the Books for Bikes program where students could win tickets for completing a book. The more tickets that the students received, the better chance they would have for winning a bike. Finally, Ihrke stated that the elementary school will be beginning a student council. Elections for officer positions will be taking place soon.

Secondary principal Randy Paulson mentioned a few items to the board. First he informed the board about the Stop Hate Speech Now program that all Chatfield ninth graders attended. The event was held at Mayo High School. Also, Paulson went to Houston Public Schools to learn about Houston's alternative learning program. In the future, Paulson felt that the program could help Chatfield add additional classes, help students make up classes, and enrich Chatfield's learning environment. To conclude, Paulson shared that staff members went to a Teacher to Teacher Exchange at Dover-Eyot .....
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Lanesboro School Board approves levy and budget

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board approved the budget and levy for 2012 during their regular meeting on December 15. Superintendent Jeff Boggs went over the levy certification with the board and explained the different places the school's funds come from.[Read the Rest]

Chatfield School Board discusses passage of levy

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

At the monthly Chatfield school board meeting on November 21, 2011, a wide variety of topics were brought in front of the board. All board members were present at the meeting along with Superintendent Edward Harris and other school administrators. S ..... 
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Kingsland School District receives $15,000 Early Childhood Grant from SMIF

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Superintendent John McDonald announced that the Kingsland School district received a $15,000 early childhood grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) for pre-school, school-aged child care and kindergarten programs at the schoo ..... 
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R-P selects architectural firm and consultant

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Following a review process that included the school board, administration and the volunteer members of the Facilities Task Force, the district has decided to move its New School Initiative forward with the architectural firm of ATS&R, of Minneapolis ..... 
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Fillmore Central hears audit report for 2010-2011

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

At the regular board meeting on November 22, Fillmore Central received the audit report from Steve Salveson of Smith Schafer and Associates.

Salveson went over the revenues and expenditures for different areas of the budget from 2010-2011. ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board focuses on 2010-2011 audit report

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Lanesboro school board members met on November 22, 2011, for the monthly November meeting. The monthly meeting focused on the district's 2010-2011 audit report and a presentation by high school and elementary administrators regarding the district's ..... 
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Fillmore County Schools pass referendums

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Education

Two schools in Fillmore County, Mabel-Canton and Chatfield, had questions on the election ballot November 8 about referendums. They left it up to the voters to decide the fate of their financial future, and the voters were considerate enough to help ..... 
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SMIF awards $95,000 in grants

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently announced an award of $15,000 to the Kingsland Early Childhood Program (communities of Spring Valley and Wykoff) for its Preparing Children for Kindergarten through Collaboration project. The ..... 
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