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R-P School Board postpones cuts in staffing needs


Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Monday, April 19th agenda included two resolutions affecting staffing needs for the 2010-2011 school year. Stemming from a work session earlier in the month, district Superintendent Chuck Ehler had recommended changes in five current positions. These were detailed as non-renewal, or termination of the individual, and unrequested leave, which reduces teachers to less than full-time or requires a wait until funding for the position can be confirmed.

At least 15 students and nearly a dozen parents packed the normally spacious room to make their case in the defense of two teachers: industrial technology teacher Mark Winkels and agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Dawn Lubahn.

In regards to Lubahn, who was on the block for termination, Ehler expressed gratitude for the two years of service she has provided the district but noted the district was in need of new direction and new leadership. He also specifically added that the district is not eliminating the FFA program, but may find it a challenge to find a willing teacher on a limited contract.

Current FFA president and R-P student Kaitlyn Peterson was the first to speak in defense of the proposed elimination. "What will happen to FFA? Maybe you haven't thought that far ahead. It breaks my heart to think there may not be an FFA chapter in the future. We need ag. classes. It's all around us, no matter where we are."

Ehler responded, "It's pertinent for us to not be dealing with rumors and innuendos. I can assure you there is no recommendation to cut ag. or FFA."

R-P parent John Knudsen expressed concern for the financial cuts and why the students in particular need to feel the effect, especially in the area of agriculture. Calling the proposed resolution, "Not a well-conceived idea," Knudsen went on to note that he felt cutting Lubahn's position was essentially cutting FFA. "There's over 20 percent student involvement in ag. and FFA. It's the largest youth organization in the world, developing into the leaders of tomorrow."

R-P parent Brenda Bergan echoed the sentiment. "It's not your intention to cut FFA? Per FFA guidelines, the ag. instructor must be the FFA advisor. I'm disappointed that this proposal is even being considered."

Dawn Hauge, an R-P parent who spent 25 years with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, brought a point of view from that of one who open enrolls her two sons to the district. "Ag. opens up doors for them. This isn't j .....
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Fillmore County D.A.R.E. Program

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

In promotion of this year's theme of Healthy Counties, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about our D.A.R.E. Program in Fillmore County.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1983. The co ..... 
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Kingsland School Board strives to meet budget restrictions

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

In a continuing effort to meet budget restrictions, the Kingsland School Board passed a resolution Monday night approving and directing the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions. The following programs and p ..... 
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Local high school makes Walt Disney World their classroom

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Students from Chatfield High School of Chatfield traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort on Friday, March 26, 2010, to take part in the Disney Youth Education Series program (Y.E.S.) "Keepers of the Kingdom at Disney's Animal Kingdom(r)."

E ..... 
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Severe Weather Awareness Week

Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Severe Weather Awareness Week will be observed April 19-23, 2010. Fillmore County Emergency management would like to remind our residents to be aware and prepare for severe weather.

Thursday, April 22nd is statewide Tornado Drill Day. Fillmo ..... 
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Fillmore Central chisels away at transportation and extra-curricular activity costs

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

Decisions are being made and details being worked out in Fillmore Central's budget, which means a lot of changes for the 2010-2011 school year.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann discussed some of the things they have been working out to help sav ..... 
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Farm-to-school efforts double in Minnesota

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

The number of Minnesota school districts purchasing fresh food from local farms has more than doubled in the last 15 months, according to a survey released today by the Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA) and the Institute for Agriculture ..... 
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Fillmore Central small group contest

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Congratulations to the Fillmore Central High School Band department for its recent strong showing at the Minnesota State High School League Small Group Contest on Monday, March 16, 2010, in Austin, MN.

The band sent 16 entries, involving ove ..... 
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National Weather Service to hold Skywarn training

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training class in Harmony, MN, on Wednesday, April 7th. The training will be held at the Harmony Fire Station just south of town, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The c ..... 
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