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R-P Board approves principal contracts; teacher termination


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Education

R-P School Board Chairman John Linder, left, and Superintendent Chuck Ehler, right, discuss board matters at the Monday, February 22 meeting. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

At the Monday, February 22 meeting, the Rushford-Peterson School Board debated several items of new business related to contracts and evaluations, but the most contentious discussion was in regard to the non-renewal of the Career Tech/Vocational Agriculture Teacher position.

First up for the board was approval of both the Superintendent Evaluation and School Board Self-Evaluation forms. Both forms were developed and reviewed in the last years, coming as a recommendation from the Minnesota School Board Association (MNSBA). Board Director Dean Mierau questioned whether soliciting anonymous student or teacher input on the superintendent’s role would be beneficial.

Board Director Val Howe, who attended the MNSBA conference with Director Joyce Iverson and brought back the evaluation recommendations, noted that doing so may prove problematic. “It opens up a can of worms. The MNSBA doesn’t recommend it.” Howe also indicated the reasoning stems from a he said/she said scenario that can consume substantial investigative time.

Director Julie Koop stated that the board had looked into allowing the input, but in looking for comparative data and guidance from other boards within the state that the ratio of those that allowed it was 50/50. “There was nothing consistent,” she added.

Mierau indicated the board, at a minimum, should be receptive to any teacher wanting to discuss their opinion on the superintendent’s job performance.

The board has until March 10 to get the Superintendent Evaluation to Board Chairman John Linder for compiling of comments and evaluation summary.

The board will also be conducting a self-evaluation. There was some question over who would be looking at it and what will happen with the results. Those forms will also be due back by March 10, when they will be compiled and summarized by R-P Administrative Assistant Laura Hahn. If approved to do so, the board will discuss the results and comments collectively. “It’s always good for a board to look at itself,” stressed Director Iverson.

Board business then moved into discussion regarding cell phones or stipends for specific district employees. Superintendent Chuck Ehler brought forth three options for consideration. The first included monthly stipends of $75 for administrative positions, including the superintendent, principals, and the athletic director, and $35 per month for custod .....
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R-P Board approves principal contracts; teacher termination

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Education

At the Monday, February 22 meeting, the Rushford-Peterson School Board debated several items of new business related to contracts and evaluations, but the most contentious discussion was in regard to the non-renewal of the Career Tech/Vocational Agr ..... 
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Lanesboro students rank well in PSATs

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board met on February 18 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes of the January 21 meeting were reviewed and approved. The treasurer’s report was read by Lolly Melander and approved. The current ban ..... 
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Top ranking area Junior High Knowledge Bowl teams announced

By David Bau

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in All Education

Fifty-three teams from 18 area districts participated in 2015-16 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 t ..... 
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Local farmer directs donation to St. Johns Lutheran School

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Education

St. Johns Lutheran School, Wykoff, Minn., has received a $2,500 donation from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmer, Frank Family Farms, of Dexter, Minn. The donation will help the school i ..... 
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Fillmore Central 7-8th grade band performance at the 2016 MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Education

What is this performance? The MMEA has an annual clinic where thousands of music educators from our state and all over the world come to celebrate and learn more about music education. Many of the sessions offered at this convention help teachers ..... 
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Fillmore Central 7-8th grade band performance at the 2016 MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Education

What is this performance? The MMEA has an annual clinic where thousands of music educators from our state and all over the world come to celebrate and learn more about music education. Many of the sessions offered at this convention help teachers ..... 
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Fillmore Central 7-8th grade band performance at the 2016 MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Fountain Education

What is this performance? The MMEA has an annual clinic where thousands of music educators from our state and all over the world come to celebrate and learn more about music education. Many of the sessions offered at this convention help teachers ..... 
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Fillmore Central student participates in 2015-16 All State Concert Band

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Education

On Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13, 2016, three hundred of the finest high school band and orchestra musicians met at the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Mid-Winter Clinic at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Minneapolis. ..... 
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