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Houston School Board analyzes possible levy scenarios


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on November 19 in the Houston High School Library. At the meeting Bradley Carlton of Clifton Larson Allen, an accountancy firm, presented the findings of the Houston School’s audit. Carlton went through numerous categories showing the board where each category stands financially. Such categories were pupil support services, transportation, community service, capital expenditures, site, buildings, and equipment, as well as many others. Each category was also compared to the state average in said categories. Houston School’s fared well in comparison to state averages in most of the categories. Carlton told the board that the firm encountered no issues and that nothing needed to be fixed. Carlton praised the finance staff on a job well done and thanked Gwen Rostad, Houston School’s Director of Finance, in particularly on a job well done. Carlton reported that the school had very little debt and that was “something to be proud of.”

At the meeting Gwen Rostad presented five possible scenarios for the Payable ‘14 Levy. The scenarios were discussed in preparation for the Truth in Taxation meeting that will be held on December 3. The first scenario would be an under levy. Scenario 2 would be accepting all the location equity revenue, but having under levies in other categories. Scenario 3 would be half of the location equity revenue with all other levies staying the same. Scenario 4 is half of the location equity revenue with under levies in other categories. Scenario 5 compares Houston to the other districts in Houston County, which is at a tax rate equal to the next highest tax rate in the county. Rostad and other board members expressed favor for Scenario 4, however, a final decision will not be made until December 17. Before a decision is made, the board will do a cost/benefit analysis, get a recommendation from the finance committee, and hold the Truth in Taxation meeting. All the information gathered will aid in making the final decision on the Payable ‘14 Levy.

A MNVA update was also given by Justin Treptow and Cody Mathers. They shared the K12 goals and showed how they align with Houston Public Schools and MNVA goals for the 2013-2014 school year. According to Treptow and Mathers, the Houston Public Schools and MNVA vision is to “lead in learning.” The mission is to “discover, develop, and achieve the potential within all learners.” The aims are to maximize student a .....
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Chatfield students utilize iPads for class projects

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

The last couple of weeks for the entire Chatfield School District has been exciting time as fall athletic tournament time has taken Chatfield on the road to both the Mayo Civic Center for girls volleyball and the Metrodome for football. The exciteme ..... 
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Education Minnesota kicks off community conversations on teacher quality in Rochester

Tue, Nov 12th, 2013
Posted in All Education

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 8, 2013 - A series of statewide conversations on what it takes to recruit, train and support high-quality teachers to serve Minnesota’s students will begin later this month. The first is scheduled for Nov. 18 in Rochester. ..... 
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Houston School Board welcomes new interim superintendent

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on November 4 in the Houston High School Library. A highlight of the meeting was the school board welcoming Dr. Charles Rick as the new interim superintendent on behalf of Houston Schools. Dr. Rick signed his ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Club

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Club

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Club

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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Fillmore Central Elementary applies to be celebration school

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

At the regular school board meeting on October 29, Dean Chris Mensink informed the board that Fillmore Central Elementary is eligible to be a Minnesota Department of Education Celebration School. He explained the top 25 percent of schools in Minneso ..... 
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Fillmore Central Elementary applies to be celebration school

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

At the regular school board meeting on October 29, Dean Chris Mensink informed the board that Fillmore Central Elementary is eligible to be a Minnesota Department of Education Celebration School. He explained the top 25 percent of schools in Minneso ..... 
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