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Chatfield School Board examines controversial coaching situation


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board discusses the coaching contracts for fall and winter sports for the 2013-2014 school year at its April 15 meeting. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

By Mitchell Walbridge

The room was packed at the Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday, April 15 as parents, students, and district staff members were in attendance to show their support for head basketball coach Tom Bance. This is after a signed petition had been submitted to the board from some parents who felt Coach Bance should not have his boys basketball contract renewed for the 2013-2014 school year. Over the past week board members have received numerous emails and phone calls in support of Bance, but also some calls for the non-renewal of Bance’s contract.

Tim Hebrink, a resident of Chatfield, was one of two people who personally addressed the board on this issue during the district patron time. Hebrink stated that he has become familiar with Coach Bance’s basketball program over the years and felt that the coach does an adequate job in educating and supporting his team members. Carmen Berge, the Chatfield Education Association co-president, announced on behalf of the teachers at Chatfield that they stand behind Coach Bance as basketball coach. Berge explained that they [the CEA] felt that after analyzing the code of ethics for coaches, none had been violated. Also, Berge pointed out that the school board did not complete a full investigation of the allegations after ethics complaints. Then Berge brought up that according to Minnesota State High School League procedure, the complaints would need to be reviewed before talk of contract non-renewal is even suggested.

Before the board reviewed the situation and rendered a decision later in the meeting, Board Chair Jerry Chase made it clear that the board has seen at least four controversial issues arise including the building referendum, removing the valedictorian position, teacher contract negotiations, and the hiring of superintendents. Just like managing these issues, Chase explained that board members always review the data before casting their votes and will do the same in this situation. He said, “The board does not waiver under pressure.” Because he felt that the board held some responsibility for not having an adequate communication and evaluation process in place for coaches, Chase voted to approve Tom Bance’s contract for next year in hopes that concerns will be resolved under the developing activities committee and activities director position.

Most board members agreed with Chase. Board Clerk Greg LaPlante gave his inp .....
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Lanesboro athlete prepares for DownUnder Sports Competition

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Mitch Walbridge Gabe Decker is a junior at Lanesboro High School who takes his participation in athletics very seriously, particularly his involvement in the Lanesboro-Fillmore Central-Mabel-Canton track program. But this year Decker is taking t ..... 
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Kingsland presented with Patriot Award

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board held their monthly meeting on April 15, 2013 in the Kingsland conference room. All members were present with the exception of Troy Asher. Also present was Superintendent McDonald. In the first order of ..... 
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Minnesota State High School Clay Target League announces 114 trap teams

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) announced that 114 high school teams representing 195 schools and 3,400 student athletes are participating in the 2013 spring season. Led by the support of their ..... 
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SEMAC awards Arts Grants

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Education

On March 19, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 46 grants for a total of $183,305 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included twenty-three McKnight Individual ..... 
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Chatfield discusses snow day makeup

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge With snowy Mondays all throughout the month of March, area schools have delayed and cancelled classes for the safety of their students. The story was the same for Chatfield School District. But how many snow days are too many ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board looking at high school schedule changes

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Fillmore Central Principal Heath Olstad gave the school board his report during the regular meeting on March 25, and he talked about the possibility of making some changes to the daily schedule at the high school. For a while now, th ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Gym. Please use the elementary entrance. ..... 
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Seeking volunteer host families to host exchange students for 2013/2014 school year

Thu, Mar 14th, 2013
Posted in All Education

“Hosting an international exchange student is a wonderful way for American families to learn about another country and culture without ever leaving their homes,” says Laura Stahl, Special Services Director for Organization for Cultural Exchange A ..... 
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