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Fillmore Central seeks budget shortfall resolve


Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Education

There was a lot of discussion related to the budget at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 25. The board went over a few options they are looking at for cutting about $200,000 from the 2010 budget.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann talked a little about the Governor's plan to shift money for schools. She said money will be held back from the state in April, and is supposed to be paid back. They are now calling this an unallotment, which means that it will eventually be paid back, although there is no certainty as of when. Fillmore Central will have 27 percent of their funds held back from them this year.

The idea of moving the seventh and eighth graders from the middle school to the high school was discussed at length. Luehmann felt fairly comfortable that the district would save $150,000 if the move was made. Two teachers from the middle school would move as well, and one teacher could be cut. Luehmann said there are two teachers that may possibly retire this year. If they move the students, they will not have to rehire for those positions.

High School Principal Heath Olstad spoke to the board about the possible change. He feels that although there would be some challenges, the high school staff would be prepared. He said he has not heard any negative feedback about the idea.

Some of the advantages of moving the students would be increased class offerings for those students. They would be able to take agriculture, home ec. and foreign language classes. There would also be more extra-curricular choices for them. Olstad also felt it would make for an easier transition to ninth grade. They might be able to have a more efficient use of office/secretarial and non-certified staff.

Olstad admitted to some concerns about the move. "I have a hard time saying we don't need the middle school," he said. "We've done good things there, but we could have them here, too."

Olstad has also discussed possible transportation changes with Mark Scheevel from Harmony Transit. There would probably be one more bus going from Preston to Harmony. There might be more costs for transportation for spring sports, and either one-half or one more full bus route. Olstad said Scheevel came up with a very rough estimate of $37,300. He added they will be negotiating the transportation contract this summer.

"Harmony Transit will be great to work with," said Olstad. "I don't think this will be an item that will hold us back." .....
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Chatfield school board makes appointments

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Several Chatfield FFA members, three representatives of R.A. Morton, and the new interim superintendent of Chatfield Public Schools were all special guests at the school board's regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 29, 2010. The meeting also ..... 
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Fillmore Central triple "A" award winners

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Tricia Harstad and Nathan Hanson have been selected to represent Fillmore Central High School in the Triple "A" (Academics, Arts, and Athletics) Award program sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League.

Established in 1988, the Tri ..... 
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Lentz remains chair of Kingsland school board

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

After two meetings that had tie votes for a board chairman, the Kingsland School Board elected the current chair, Mitch Lentz, as chairman. In the past two unsuccessful attempts the vote was three votes for Mitch Lentz and three votes for Mike Zimme ..... 
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Discussing Superintendent's role

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Kingsland Board of Education met in special session on Wednesday night and attempted to elect a board chair for 2010. Two people were nominated for the position:

The current board chair, Mitch Lentz, was nominated by Deb Dahl and seconde ..... 
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Early Childhood Initiative

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore County Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) is a county wide coalition of community members who are concerned and involved in the early childhood experience for our children. The mission for our ECI is to "support families while building a ..... 
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Fillmore Central's District Science Fair

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central District Science Fair was held on Tuesday, January 12th. The students presented their final projects to an array of local judges. This process started back in September where the students wrote down three topics they were interes ..... 
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Fillmore Central Knowledge Bowl Team

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

In case you hadn't heard, the knowledge bowl teams did a fabulous job last Wednesday. We should all be extremely proud of how well our students represented Fillmore Central.

First of all, congratulations to the 9 th grade knowledge bowl team ..... 
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Kingsland School Board faced with some challenging decisions

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Education

The agenda for the meeting of the Kingsland School Board was short to begin with, and as it ended up, the board didn't get through item 1.

The first item on the agenda was the Election of Board Officers. The current Board Chair, Mitch Lenz, ..... 
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