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Chatfield School Board endorses transfer of Potter Auditorium over to EDA


Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board held its regular monthly meeting on December 21st, 2009. All of the board members and approximately fifteen community members were present. Holiday refreshments were served to those present to accompany the "Truth in Taxation" presentation.

The first main item on the agenda was the district's annual "Truth in Taxation" hearing. The purpose of the annual hearing is to provide district patrons with information about how their taxes are affected by the school district's levy. Most of the school's annual revenue comes from state aid, which is calculated using the number of "pupil units" in a district, and is then augmented by local levies to equal the total revenue. In the past few years, state aid per pupil unit has not increased. However, the total local levy for 2009 (payable 2010) has also decreased by .7 percent when compared to the year before. Though the district is projecting to deficit spend in the general fund this coming year, the substantial cost of building construction will no longer be a budget item next year. Additionally, Chatfield's pupil count has increased in the past few years after decreasing for several years, bringing in more income from state aid.

The board also discussed Potter Auditorium for a portion of the meeting. Superintendent Don Hainlen reported that asbestos abatement in the building was mostly completed on Friday, December 18th, after a slight setback due to the thickness of some of the floors. However, later in the meeting, board member F. Mike Tuohy brought up an offer by the Economic Development Committee (EDA) to take Potter "off the district's hands with no strings attached" for $275,000. The school district would pay the EDA in a lump sum so as to transfer all liability for the building immediately. Board chair Jerry Chase viewed the proposal as a great opportunity for the district, commenting that to tear down the building would be quite expensive as well as upsetting to the historical society. "I think we should jump on it," Chase said. The board agreed, passing the proposal with plans to draw up the legal papers as soon as possible.

The board also discussed two different issues dealing with staff contracts. Board member Matt McMahon presented the board with information regarding the first issue, the ongoing teacher negotiations. According to data compiled by contacting several nearby school districts, Chatfield's teacher salaries are "right in the ballpark," accord .....
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R-P races to the top

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

Both the board and the administration were in a light-hearted, jolly mood at the Monday, December 21 meeting. No doubt it had just as much to do with the rapid forward paces the district has been making as it does the holiday season. The short meeti ..... 
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Kingsland school board holds truth in taxation meeting, certifies final property tax levy

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday, December 21, at the Kingsland High School District Conference Room. All members were present. The agenda was approved with two additions.

Public Thank Yous

Superintenden ..... 
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Fillmore Central holds special meeting

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on December 21 with the intent of getting input from the public on a few issues. On the agenda were major topics of discussion, including making large cuts in the budget and possibly restructu ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board takes action on items discussed at special meeting

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

The night after their special meeting was held to discuss restructuring their administration, the Fillmore Central School Board made some decisions that will mean changes at the school. They are also looking to the future at other possible changes t ..... 
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Kingsland school board holds truth in taxation meeting, certifies final property tax levy

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education



The Kingsland School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday, December 21, at the Kingsland High School District Conference Room. All members were present. The agenda was approved with two additions.

Public Thank Yous

Super ..... 
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FCHS students to Wartburg College Meistersinger Honor Band

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

Congratulations to the following FCHS band students on being selected to the prestigious Wartburg College Meistersinger Honor Band in Waverly, IA, on

February 6 and 7th:

Senior Band (10-12th grade)

Andrea Nolan

Logan Whit ..... 
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Fillmore Central nominates students for ExCEL award

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central High School has nominated Katie Ristau and Drew Bahl for the ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) award.

Sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League, ExCEL is a unique recognition program design ..... 
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5th - 12th Grade Band and 6th - 12th Choir Holiday Concert

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Schools Band and Choir Department had their annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 7, 2009, at 7:00pm in the high school varsity gymnasium in Harmony.

The groups preformed a wide variety of traditional and popular h ..... 
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