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Mabel-Canton Board of Education discusses technology fees


Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Canton Education

By Hannah Wingert

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on September 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. All members were present.

The board wished to welcome the students and staff back to school for the 2013-14 school year. Congratulations were given to volleyball coach Lonnie Morken on his 500th winning game and to Chris Loppnow for completing the MSBA Phase I, II, and III Leadership Development series.

The consent agenda was approved. It included approval of Roger Lamm as FFA advisor, approval of Heidi Myhre as vocal advisor, approval of Michelle Logan as health secretary/elementary special education paraprofessional, and approval of Jill Dawley as title I paraprofessional. The consent agenda also included the approval of the Assurance of Compliance Certification, the second reading of the Student Representative on the School Board policy, the approval of Superintendent Jennifer Backer as District Title IX and human rights coordinator, and approval of the 2013-14 Mabel-Canton advisors.

Superintendent Backer gave the financial report. She advised the board to consider maximizing the levy. The budget she presented was preliminary and will be finalized after the audit is complete. She did not think it was in the district’s best interests to increase spending on anything at this time.

The payment of the district bills was approved.

Principal Jeff Nolte reported on the ACT scores from last year’s college bound seniors. The scores and number of students who took the test were both positive. Principal Nolte also discussed the Technology Committee’s latest meeting. The committee’s goal is to keep the fees for students to “check out” laptops and tablets affordable for everyone. It was proposed to the board that a yearly fee of $40 be charged for laptops and $15 for tablets. The committee also proposed setting a $50 spending cap for families with more then one student eligible to take home an electronic device. The fees will help cover the inherent costs of upkeep and repairs on the laptops and tablets. The fees will need to be paid before students can take the devices home, and students will be expected to use either the school provided cases or purchase their own to avoid damage. A concern was raised that students would access inappropriate sites while using the devices in their homes. Superintendent Backer stated that, because they are the school’s property, the school can sea .....
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Mabel-Canton Board of Education discusses technology fees

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

By Hannah Wingert The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on September 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. All members were present. The board wished to welcome the students and staff back to school for the 2013-14 school year. Congratulations were given to volle ..... 
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Chatfield details school district emergency plans

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge Chatfield School Board members met on Monday, September 16, which has been the first meeting since the beginning of the new school year. All board members were present for the meeting along with Superintendent Harris, Principa ..... 
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Houston Interim Superintendent resigns

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Education

By Angie Rodenburg Houston Public Schools held a school board meeting on Tuesday, September 17. At the meeting, Krin Abraham presented the Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Achievement for the 2012-2013 school year. The Annual R ..... 
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Goal nearly reached on $2 million Wally Nelson endowment fund

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Education

The ongoing mission of the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center at Lamberton has expanded significantly since its embryonic years in the early 1960s. To facilitate this greatly enhanced program and as a tribute to the herc ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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State Commissioner of Education visits Kingsland

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland Schools received a very special visitor on Monday, September 9 when Minnesota State Commissioner of Education, Brenda Cassellius, stopped by to tour the middle school and high school. Ms. Cassellius first toured the mid ..... 
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