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R-P begins "Yes Campaign" for facility referendum


Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Education

Following direction from both the community and the Joint Facilities Task Force, the board intends to bring forth a referendum for the construction of a new early childhood through grade 12 facility to be located adjacent to the Ben Niggle Sports Complex. As it's currently written, the referendum would call for the district to borrow $8,900,000 for the purpose of supporting funds it hopes to secure through a Cooperative Facilities Grant in the amount of $20 million.

"We asked for community input and they gave it to us," noted board member John Nitecki, who also represents the Facilities Task Force. "At times we weren't comfortable asking our district for the funding, but they've indicated they want the board to move forward."

The referendum comes timed to seek funding from the state, as 2012 is a bonding year for the legislature. Though it is still unclear if the district will receive the funding, the district will bring the issue to referendum February 21 of next year. With a successful vote, the district could approach the governor with guaranteed local support. "This will strengthen our position at state," encouraged Superintendent Chuck Ehler.

There was some question as to if the community approves the referendum, but is denied state funding, the vote could be carried over. Ehler assured the board it would be for the 2012 bonding period only.

"The direction the task force gave us is, 'We have to go.' We've got to move forward," agreed board member Kathie Ingram.

Should the district approve the referendum, the next step would be the hiring of an architectural firm to proceed with preliminary design work.

In other news, the district has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Education to receive $96,943.65 in funding. The Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS) will assist the district in funding its K-5 interventionist program aimed at helping struggling students prior their needing to be evaluated for special education. "It's a chance to help those kids not meeting benchmarks," enthused Middle School Principal Luke Lutterman.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is Monday, September 19, at 6:30pm, in the high school biology room. The public is encouraged to attend.

Fillmore Central welcomes new superintendent

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held their first meeting with new superintendent Richard Keith on July 26. Keith informed the board that he is moving to the area very soon, and will then have a chance to spend more time getting to know everyone. H ..... 
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Kingsland School Board approves bus route reduction for 2011-2012 school year

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board approved the reduction of bus routes in their meeting Monday, July 18.

"I would like to thank Kevin Klomps for looking at our bus routes in order to more efficiently transport our children," Superintendent John McD ..... 
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Chatfield works on budget projection

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

Despite the scorching heat, Chatfield School Board members met on Tuesday, July 19th for the regular monthly meeting in a short session. The majority of the time was delegated to Superintendent Harris and his report. Harris announced that board memb ..... 
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Eligibility meetings for Fillmore Central

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

Eligibility meetings for Minnesota State High School League activities for the 2011-2012 school year will be held at Fillmore Central High School as follows: Monday, July 25, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Please note th ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board members to meet with Lanesboro Grocery, LLC

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board had a discussion about the grocery store at their meeting on July 21. Chairman Dave Ruen said a group of people in Lanesboro are working toward the goal of getting a grocery store in Lanesboro, and they have approached the ..... 
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Lane Powell elected to board of directors for MSHSL

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Education

Lane M. Powell, Director of Bands for Fillmore Central Schools, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota State High School League and the Minnesota Music Educator's Association. The official title of MMEA Representative will ..... 
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Chatfield discusses new press box

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Education

Chatfield School Board members and school administrators met for the June 2011 meeting and discussed many items on the agenda. All board members except for Greg LaPlante were in attendance.

Discussion got underway during district patron time ..... 
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Kingsland school board approves 2011-2012 budget

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board approved the 2011-12 budget for Kingsland Public School in their meeting Monday, June 20.

Kathy Beevers, business manager, presented a detailed overview of the budget, which in spite declining enrollment, will resu ..... 
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