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R-P approaches city prior to referendum


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

What the new Rushford-Peterson Elementary School will look like if the referendum passes. Graphic provided

Likely the biggest topic in the community in recent days, R-P district superintendent Chuck Ehler and board representative Greg Smith addressed the city council this past Monday about the upcoming December 19 referendum vote. Along with a presentation highlighting the preliminary plan of the new $15 million elementary facility, the duo discussed several frequently heard talking points including issues discussed earlier in the night, in Peterson, at the first public referendum forum.

“We’re trying to be sensitive,” stressed Ehler. “We’re not building the Taj Mahal here. We’re trying to build a viable, functional facility that meets our needs now and in the future.”

The plan entails a new 69,000 square foot building situated just northeast of the district’s Niggle Athletic Field which would house the 300 students in grades K through 5, plus the 86 children currently in early childhood classes, with room to grow. According to Ehler, R-P is the only district in Fillmore County with gaining enrollment in the last three years. He hopes a new elementary will draw younger families into the community. “There is a future here in Rushford-Peterson,” he stressed.

One of the biggest issues with the New School Initiatives is what will happen in Peterson. When the districts consolidated in 1990, the elementary and high school students were placed in the Rushford facility while middle school students were placed in Peterson. The facility now needs a new boiler, windows, flooring, and ventilation, which could cost over $1.2 million to remedy. Should the referendum pass, the district will retain ownership of the building and the parcel of land it sits on, but adjacent land goes back to the city of Peterson for $100. It will be vacated, repurposed, and likely sold. “The school district is not interested in maintaining three facilities,” noted Ehler. “We are working with Peterson to find a collaborative, cooperative use for it. The options are wide open.”

Losing the use of the Peterson facility is not favorable with all, as Ehler noted from the night’s earlier public forum. When questioned about the anticipation of losing students, he acknowledged that some indicated they would send their children elsewhere should the district move out of Peterson. “Some of those fund balances of other schools were built on the backs of R-P. The money followed the students who open enrolled there. I’m d .....
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Rushford-Peterson informational meeting

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools will be holding an Informational Meeting regarding the upcoming Referendum for New EC-5th Grade Building for Business Owners on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Stumpy’s Banquet Room (basement ..... 
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Fillmore Central sells facility bonds for HVAC project

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Patty Heminover of Springsted financial advisors gave the Fillmore Central School Board some great news at their regular meeting on November 27. She informed the board that the alternative facilities bonds were sold at a competitive ..... 
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FC Club isn’t “camera shy”

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

Students at Fillmore Central High School have an opportunity that most kids in the area do not, and that is the opportunity to learn more about photography, share their pictures with others, and explore their interest by joining the Photography Club ..... 
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Chatfield School Board hears good news from audit report

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, November 19 with all members present at this regular monthly meeting. In addition to those who normally report to the board, auditor Alan Anderson was also present to present the 2011 ..... 
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Kingsland School Board receives National Certification

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland School Board held its regular school board meeting on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was held in the Kingsland school cafeteria, as a larger crowd than normal was expected to attend. Following the reg ..... 
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Kingsland School Board receives National Certification

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland School Board held its regular school board meeting on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was held in the Kingsland school cafeteria, as a larger crowd than normal was expected to attend. Following the reg ..... 
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Kingsland Schools to receive Project Lead the Way national certification

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Kingsland Public School will receive national certification for their Project Lead The Way Engineering and Biomedical Programs. Kingsland Middle School/Junior High will receive national recognition for the Gateway To Technology (GTT) Program it has ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears audit report

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro City Council the 2011-2012 audit report at their regular meeting on November 15, and the board approved it as presented. Ristau said the district had a decrease in their general fund balanc ..... 
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