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Lanesboro School Board seeks levy increase


Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Education



At the Lanesboro School Board meeting on September 16, the board approved a preliminary levy of $526,527.75, which is a 3.9 percent increase from last year. Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained this is only a preliminary number, and they have until December to make any changes.

Also during the meeting, board members were given an opportunity to see first-hand how the Smart Boards work in the classroom. Third grade teacher Brett Klaehn demonstrated how he uses the one in his room to help kids get involved with learning.

Klaehn said the Smart Board is kind of like a big computer, but a lot more convenient than taking a classroom full of kids to the computer lab. He uses his for a large part of his day, and said his goal is to use it most of the time.

"The power button for the remote is like a power button for their brains," said Klaehn.

He said the Smart Board, which is connected to a computer, allows for him to access the internet at any time and find games and activities for the kids. It is completely interactive, as the kids get up out of their seats and take turns using it.

Klaehn uses his Smart Board for math more than any other subject. He said the kids really enjoy participating in it, and they get a lot more out of it than they would otherwise.

"The kids get to come up here and do this, and it adds interest to their day," he said.

He demonstrated how he uses the board for his lessons, worksheets, review games of Jeopardy, the Saxon Math curriculum, science, a virtual solar system, language arts, and even virtual dissection.

"It provides them instant feedback," said Klaehn. "You see how much the kids love it and it makes it worth the time."

He added that he feels it helps some kids be more successful, although it's not a cure-all for everyone. He also has seen kids who are introverted and wouldn't normally participate get enjoyment out of using the Smart Board.

Boggs said they add about one or two new Smart Boards to the building each year. There are currently four in the high school. There are no Smart Boards yet in the kindergarten, fourth or sixth grades. Boggs said it is largely up to teacher preference, but he is seeing more teachers request one for their room.

Principal Report

High school principal Brett Clarke presented the board with his Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Performance. This report was approved by the .....
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Kingsland schools enter national contest

Fri, Sep 3rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Kingsland Elementary School, Kingsland Middle School and Kingsland High School have been entered into the Kohl's Cares school contest. Kohl's will award one-half million dollars to twenty schools nationwide. Contest winners are selected by receiving ..... 
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WALZ PROMOTES COLLEGE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE AMERICANS

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Education

Mankato, MN - Today at Rasmussen College in Mankato, Congressman Walz highlighted a new law that will make college more affordable for students, improve the student loan process and save taxpayer dollars.

"As a teacher and a parent, I know how ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools reflect on Statewide Assessment results

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Minnesota Department of Education has released the statewide assessment scores, and Rushford-Peterson students showed tremendous growth across the board in 2009-2010. Students in third through eighth grades, tenth and eleventh grades are measure ..... 
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R-P survey questions new school initiative

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Education



The results of a district-wide survey by the R-P school district are in. Intended to question 2,500 households on the direction of district facilities, the survey presented two options: Option one is a continuance of the new school initiati ..... 
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Chatfield discusses budget cuts, raising levy

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

All members were present to discuss the upcoming operating levy proposal at the Chatfield School Board's regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Superintendent Edward Harris gave a PowerPoint presentation detailing the budget conditions ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board seeks to fill board position

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

Lanesboro Principal Brett Clark spoke to the board at the meeting on August 19 about several items. The first was to go over the high school handbook. Clark said the handbook was mostly unchanged from last year.

Board member Steve Snyder as ..... 
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Hanson graduates from Continental Auctioneer School

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Education

Continental Auctioneer Schools of Mankato, MN, announces the graduation of Jordan D. Hanson, 31252 Cty. 7, Chatfield, MN, 55923. Students received instruction in all phases of the auctioneer profession and were awarded diplomas and the "Certified Au ..... 
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Melver of Preston, receives Diamonds and Dreams scholarship

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Education

MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Twins Community Fund today announced that the Diamonds and Dreams Scholarship Program will grant $2,000 scholarships to 20 Upper Midwest youth in pursuit of post-secondary education. A ceremony to recognize rec ..... 
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