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Rushford-Peterson narrows options for future


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Future Facilities Task Force has spent weeks working out the details of potential options for the future of the district’s aging facilities. After a failed referendum last December, the district called for the task force to pour over the suggested options, keeping in mind referendum results and local opinion. Ten options were ultimately put forth by architectural firm ATS&R, following the presentation of a Comprehensive Educational Analysis and Facility Engineering Analysis, provided as a joint effort between ATS&R and ICS Consulting, last February. The analysis sought to provide a thorough picture of the district’s needs as the task force moved forward.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler noted last January that several key items to the defeat of the results were evident to him. As written, they included:

•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 versus 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.

Keeping these in mind, the facilities task force worked through the 10 options, eventually whittling them down to just four. “I recommend you give us a sense of direction,” said Ehler. “What would you like us to do?”

The front runner, garnering 68 votes from the task force, was Option 7. That plan includes the construction of a new early childhood through grade 12 school on the property adjacent to the current high school football field. While the plan would highlight energy efficiency and the culmination of “a truly 21st century school,” it ultimately abandons both the current Rushford and Peterson school facilities. The estimated price tag could ring in at $34.5 million, with estimated state debt equalization payment near $8 million.

Option 10 came in with 27 votes as a second potential solution. It calls for the construction of a new EC-3 school and a new 7-12 school on the property adjacent to the current athletic facility and a conversion of the Peterson facility into a 4-6 middle school. The option also includes abandoning curren .....
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Jeff Ryan voted onto Mabel-Canton School Board

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Canton Education

The minutes from the October 15, 2013 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to congratulate Belle Sand on being named to the All-State Volleyball Team for 2013. It was also noted that the Veterans Day Program held at Mabel-Can ..... 
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Jeff Rein voted onto Mabel-Canton School Board

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

The minutes from the October 15, 2013 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to congratulate Belle Sand on being named to the All-State Volleyball Team for 2013. It was also noted that the Veterans Day Program held at Mabel-Can ..... 
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Houston School Board analyzes possible levy scenarios

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on November 19 in the Houston High School Library. At the meeting Bradley Carlton of Clifton Larson Allen, an accountancy firm, presented the findings of the Houston School’s audit. Carlton went through nume ..... 
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Chatfield students utilize iPads for class projects

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

The last couple of weeks for the entire Chatfield School District has been exciting time as fall athletic tournament time has taken Chatfield on the road to both the Mayo Civic Center for girls volleyball and the Metrodome for football. The exciteme ..... 
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Education Minnesota kicks off community conversations on teacher quality in Rochester

Tue, Nov 12th, 2013
Posted in All Education

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 8, 2013 - A series of statewide conversations on what it takes to recruit, train and support high-quality teachers to serve Minnesota’s students will begin later this month. The first is scheduled for Nov. 18 in Rochester. ..... 
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Houston School Board welcomes new interim superintendent

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on November 4 in the Houston High School Library. A highlight of the meeting was the school board welcoming Dr. Charles Rick as the new interim superintendent on behalf of Houston Schools. Dr. Rick signed his ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Club

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Club

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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