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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 the council was not read at the meeting. City Attorney Thomas Manion advised against reading the letter as part of the meeting because it was not policy. He called it a statement of concern by the parents and the city can't be sure of the facts expressed in the letter. He acknowledged that the issue of "bullying" is a serious concern for the community.

A copy of the letter was provided to the press and the couple said in the letter that they had pulled their three children out of the Lanesboro School system due to escalating bullying over the years. They have moved and relocated after 10 years in Lanesboro. They claim the Lanesboro School administration and school board were unwilling to put a "zero tolerance" policy into place. The letter suggested the administration and school board are denying there is a problem rather than trying to fix it.

Statements were read by Karen Neneman, Kelly Jean Ohl, and Tyra Jackson concerning their children and the bullying their children have endured. Neneman said the problem should be fixed rather than blaming the victim.

Neneman suggested the school's policy, as written in the student handbook, is adequate but not enforced by the faculty or the administration. She said the situation has resulted in members of the community taking sides. She explained the length she and her husband, Terry, have gone to stop the bullying, including contacting the state attorney general. She was told by high school personnel that the word "bullying" was overused. Neneman insisted it is the right of every child in the United States to receive a public education.

Parents who removed their children from the Lanesboro School system because of bullying did so because they felt it was not a safe environment for their children.

Council woman Ceil Allen, who has also attended a school board meeting when the problem was discussed, agreed it is a serious problem. She acknowledged receiving calls from parents concerning bullying in the school. Allen said she did not like hearing that six kids have been pulled from the school system over the issue.

Allen said she had talked to the principal who said the school is focused on dealing with behavioral problems wit .....
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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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Lanesboro School Board revisits bullying issue

Fri, Nov 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

After a short meeting of the Lanesboro School Board on November 16, Karen and Terry Neneman spoke out about the bullying that her daughter recently received. Karen read a statement she had prepared, and gave the board members a separate document tha ..... 
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Fillmore Central preps for referendum

Tue, Nov 2nd, 2010
Posted in Education

During the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on October 27, board member Craig Britton spoke about the things that the referendum committee have been working on to promote voting for the referendum.

After the board meeting that evening, ..... 
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Enrollment: up or down?

Tue, Nov 2nd, 2010
Posted in Education

With the October 1 data submission deadline passing, the Minnesota Department of Education has collected enrollment figures from public schools around the state. Unfortunately, data posted to the MDE website is always six to 12 months behind, so enr ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Foundation seeks board members

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Schools will be working with the Preston Area Foundation on establishing a school foundation. We are looking for a founding group to develop a plan to organize and launch the school foundation. The group will be considered the board ..... 
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Fillmore Central mini grant program

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

A "mini grant" program has been continued for the fifteenth straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District.

Grants of up to $500 eac ..... 
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