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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 save money. Many of these changes will be due to moving the seventh and eighth grades to the high school.

Luehmann said they are looking at savings in transportation, maintenance, and extra-curricular activities. There will be three, possibly four, teachers moving to the high school, and some teachers will be sharing classrooms. They are looking at adding more computers to the media center.

"We're chiseling away at our list of things," said Luehmann.

Luehmann stated there will be nobody to place on ULA, or Unrequested Leave of Absence, because of the eliminations. There will be many assignment changes for teachers. There will need to be two fifth grade teachers and two sixth grade teachers staying at the Preston site. The administration is looking at scheduling for both sites to figure out where their needs are.

Luehmann said they haven't looked at the paraprofessionals yet, as they usually wait until later when they know where the needs will be. They are also going to look at the office layout.

Since Nate Carlson, the high school physical education and health teacher, is not returning next year, Maggie Walsh from the middle school will be taking his place, all except for one class per semester. There was some discussion about cutting the media director's position to half-time and having her teach a class for the other half. Board member John Torgrimson said that he understood that would only happen if the state decided to cut more than three percent.

There was also discussion about having two social workers, and cutting back to one. Luehmann said one of them has a special ed. license, and they could use part of her time at the high school. They will be eliminating one high school special ed. teacher position. Along with some other changes in staff scheduling, the proposed staff savings from these will be $160,667.47.

Luehmann said she hopes to have the final budget at the next meeting, after registration at the high school is completed and they know more about their needs.

Budget Revision

Luehmann presented the revised budget for 2009-2010, which was approved by the board. She said there were very few changes. The formula amount for each stude .....
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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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New and exciting happenings at the Harmony Public Library

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a generous donation to the Harmony Public Library by Tami Hoag, the Harmony Public Library will be getting three new public access computers and one Children's Learning Center computer this year, w ..... 
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School Readiness Program

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

We are happy to invite you to attend Fillmore Central's 2010-2011 School Readiness Program for children 3/4 and 4/5 years of age.

School Readiness offers a preschool experience to students that are 3-5 years of age. The 3/4 year olds have t ..... 
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Help make a foreign exchange student's year a little brighter...

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Give by opening your hearts and homes to an international exchange student from abroad. The students are becoming more and more anxious to learn about the family they will be living with for the semester or school year. Students are between the ages ..... 
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Chatfield school board agrees on list of candidates for superintendent

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

At the Chatfield School Board's March 15 meeting, the list of fourteen candidates for superintendent was whittled down to six. The six will be interviewed soon. Chairman Jerry Chase said board members may have different parameters on what they are l ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson poised for growth with new developments

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Several items headed the Monday, March 15th, meeting yet new developments and more positive growth for the district were likely the front runners.

The board unanimously approved the application of the district as a Charter School Authorizer ..... 
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