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Classes getting "overloaded" at Chatfield High School


Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board met for its regular meeting on November 16, 2009. All members but one were present. A large audience from the community also attended the meeting.

The main topic of discussion before the board was finance. Alan Anderson, who performed the audit for the 2008-2009 year, was present to share the results of the audit and answer questions. Overall, he reported that the audit went well and has been accepted by the state. However, he did show some concern over the district's deficit spending. Last year, the district overspent their budget by $176,000. This coming year, the deficit is expected to rise to $400,000, though the estimate could change based on state legislation and federal funding. Board chair Jerry Chase agreed with Anderson's concern saying that the board recognized that their budget was out of balance and that they would either need to pass an operating levy or have the state bail them out. However, Anderson stated that the district "will be okay with careful planning" and that the time gap involved in budgeting often makes such planning difficult.

On a different financial note, Chase shared the results of recent teacher negotiations. Because of the district's deficit and the recent building projects, the district felt they could not afford to give their teachers a raise without asking the voters for more money. As a result, there are "no real negotiations going on," according to Chase. He and board member F. Mike Tuohy briefly reminded the board that the state is also having budget trouble and that this could affect the amount of money available to fund teaching positions in the district. High school Principal Randy Paulson shared that some high school classes are being overloaded and that, as a result, some classes that would have over forty students must be broken up into additional sections. The district has faced a small increase in teacher salaries already due to this overloading and the need for additional classes.

Principal Paulson also gave a short presentation on Chatfield students' ACT scores over the years. The ACT is a test given to measure high school students' college readiness. Paulson pointed out that the test is "curriculum-based," and that Chatfield Schools have a strong focus on their curriculum. Overall, Chatfield scores have increased since 2004, with this past year being the first that the district's average has surpassed that of the state. The district has also seen an incr .....
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Program praised by R-P school board

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

Teachers Shari Michel and Cheri Vix gave an enthusiastic presentation regarding a new program in the district at the Monday, November 16th, board meeting. While the goal is to have the program eventually reach more grade levels, the program currentl ..... 
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Fillmore Central holiday concert

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Schools band and choir department would like to invite you to their annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 7, 2009, at 7:00 PM in the high school varsity gymnasium in Harmony. Performance groups will include the FCMS 5-6th g ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School honor roll

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

A Honor Roll 2009-2010

Quarter 1

Grade 9

Brianna Benson, Jordyn Goree, Shane Jacobson, Abby Jameson, Cody Manfull, Rebecca Munson, Katherine Prinsen, Megan Schossow, Amy Todd,

and Kyli Torkelson

Grade 10

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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in 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 10-1 ..... 
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Honoring our Veterans

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Veteran's Day Program at the Fillmore Central Middle School on November 11 was a huge success. A few students from the middle school spoke about honoring veterans and why they liked America. Nicholas Mensink was chosen for 1st place and Sara Sch ..... 
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Passport to Reading at Fillmore Central Elementary

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Education

Family Fun Night is approaching quickly here at Fillmore Central Elementary School. This year's theme is Passport to Reading. Students and their families will have the opportunity to travel to three countries on Tuesday evening, November 17th, 2009. ..... 
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Karl Randall speaking at Rushford-Peterson school

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Education

Karl Randall, motivational speaker from Baxter, Minnesota, will be a guest speaker on November 16th at 1:00 p.m. Mr. Randall's presentation will focus on self-worth concepts, coping with the stress and pressures of school life and the difficult choi ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson referendum

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson School District is very proud to have the support of the communities demonstrated in such a distinguished manner as a passed levy referendum vote. Says Superintendent Chuck Ehler, "The passing of this referendum vote is a treme ..... 
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