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Flexible Learning Year meetings in Chatfield


Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, the Chatfield School Board met for two meetings. The first, beginning at 6:15 p.m., was an informational meeting for the public on a proposed program called Flexible Learning Year. The second was the regular monthly board meeting for the month of January which took place at 7:00 p.m.

The first meeting began with the re-organization of school board officers directed by Superintendent Harris. Jerry Chase will continue to be chairman of the board. Vice chairman is now Greg LaPlante. Matt McMahon is currently the clerk. The treasurer position is now filled by F. Mike Tuohy. After the distribution of officer positions, Superintendent Harris gave a presentation to the public on the details of Flexible Learning Year. Flexible Learning Year is a different school year calendar that the school would follow with other schools in the program. The school year would begin around two weeks earlier with this program in place and release two weeks earlier. The program has many different objectives. One is to give more time to cover more of the curriculum for standardized testing. Another is to give more time for teacher training and professional development. However, some at the meeting did express concern saying that it would affect summer activities such as 4-H involvement in the state fair. With both pros and cons being expressed, the board considers this to be only a time of investigation of the program. The first meeting adjourned after statements from the public.

The regular meeting began following closely after the first. All members were in attendance, including newly sworn in member Thomas Sturgis and returning member Matt McMahon as they each began their new terms.

Ed Harris started off with his superintendent's report. He presented details of what the schedule was like for the upcoming workshop day. Many examples were given on how staff will be engaged in professional development. Support staff will be focusing on school safety training and curriculum writing will take place. Also, hourly employees will be learning about the new time clock system.

Both principals also gave a brief report. In the high school Randy Paulson stated that Tony Cole will be directing the one act play. The cheerleaders were recognized for their awards they've received. Finally, the high school is looking into returning to a block schedule for at least part of the day. This will help students focus on their classes and impro .....
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R-P looks to possible collaborative effort

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



Despite wintery weather, the R-P school board forged ahead at the Monday, December 20th, meeting with Superintendent Chuck Ehler presenting an update regarding an initiative for a Flexible Learning Calendar.

The effort is spearheaded ..... 
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Fillmore Central seeks to improve math scores

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann gave the school board a presentation giving them more information about the Flexible Learning Year program.

Several schools in southwest Minnesota have combined to make a consortium, an ..... 
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Chatfield approves use of cell phones during lunch

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



After winter weather delayed the Chatfield School Board meeting from Monday, December 20th, to Tuesday, December 21st, the agenda was completed with three of the five board members present. Kathy Schellhammer took the oath of office as she b ..... 
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School board issues letter to the newspapers

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Education

The bullying issues that have plagued Lanesboro schools recently were discussed during the school board meeting on December 16.

Chair person Dave Lawstuen said he had drafted an open letter to parents and patrons regarding the recent articl ..... 
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Discussion of bullying at Lanesboro School dominates council meeting

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Education

Frustrated parents addressed the Lanesboro City Council on December 6 over what they consider a lack of adequate response to their complaints of bullying at school aimed at their children.

A letter from Stuart and Amy Dyreson addressed to th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools to establish facilities task force

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is establishing a task force to study the facility and related educational needs of its early childhood through 12th grade students. It is the desire of the school board for the task force to be composed of members who prov ..... 
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Chatfield School Board brings back the Knowledge Bowl

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

The November Chatfield School Board meeting took place on Monday, November 15th, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. in the high school media center. The majority of the meeting was allotted to administration reports and the 2009-2010-district audit report. Alan And ..... 
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Kingsland applies for flexible learning year

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

The November meeting for the Kingsland Public Schools took place on Nov. 15 with all board members present. The board members were presented with a summary of their 09-10 audit. Amanda Clark of Larson Allen LLP, presented their internal audit summar ..... 
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