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R-P sifts through school project, current facilities, student incident


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education



While the R-P School Board agenda for Monday, April 20 may have largely been dedicated to approval of personnel changes, the majority of discussion related to continuation of plans for the new school facility and repair and redevelopment of the current facilities.

Glen Palecek, who owns a 52-acre parcel east of the new school site, was first to begin discussion on district plans. When the district purchased its parcel, Palecek was granted a 66-foot easement on the south and east sides of district land. He maintains he is in favor of the new school and would like to see it built, but that are issues with current plans, including preliminary drawings which show parking and a playground on the easement, a violation of the agreement to keep the area clear at all times.

District Superintendent Chuck Ehler noted the drawings are no longer current and that a revised plan is in place. “I’ve seen five plans and all grossly violate my rights,” responded Palecek. “We don’t know what’s going on and that’s the reason we’re here.”

“I can’t understand how the plan got a positive review and comment,” added Board Director Taylor Peterson, discussing Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) approval of the plans. “I wish the department would have seen what we see. I can’t believe they gave a positive review with all the errors.” It was suggested that MDE was unaware of the Palecek easement. “If they didn’t know about this, why didn’t someone inform them?” asked Peterson.

Palecek suggested two options that he believed would allow the district to build the facilitity and honor his property rights. The first is for a street to be built completely around the new facility. “It’s called an easement, but it could be called ‘roadway property,’” he added. The second option, according to Palecek would be for the district to purchase the upper meadow acreage for the school site. “I don’t want to sell, but I think it’s the right place.” He further maintains several parties are interested in the parcel including two developers, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Nature Conservancy. Board Chairman John Linder suggest Palecek put together a proposal or offer, but the district made no comment on whether or not its interested in the parcel.

Additionally requested calculations for amendments to the lower parcel of land owned by the district .....
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R-P sifts through school project, current facilities, student incident

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

While the R-P School Board agenda for Monday, April 20 may have largely been dedicated to approval of personnel changes, the majority of discussion related to continuation of plans for the new school facility and repair and redevelopment of the cu ..... 
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Mabel-Canton gathering information for SAC program

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met for their regular meeting on April 21st, 2015 at 7 pm. All board members were present. The minutes from the March 17th, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved by the board. Chairperson Cristal Adkins ..... 
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Lanesboro’s horticulture class to host 2nd annual greenhouse sale

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board met on April 16, 2015 at 7 p.m. Board members Dave Lawstuen and Lolly Melander were not present. The agenda was approved with two additions. The minutes from the March 29, 2015 board meeting were reviewed and appr ..... 
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Chatfield School Board makes calendar changes for 2015-2016 school year, introduces teacher evaluation surveys

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

April’s Chatfield Public Schools School Board meeting took place on Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Chatfield High School Media Center. All board members were in attendance, as well as Superintendent Edward Harris, Elementary Principal Craig ..... 
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Houston school board discusses expectations for superintendent

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board met on April 7. The meeting covered a number of agenda items,but spent the majority of its time discussing a few continuing items. Steven Wurst with Unesco began the meeting discussing the assessments that he has done of t ..... 
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Penny Wars!

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield Elementary hosted a Penny War to help raise money for fellow student, Caleb Eide. The Penny War was an event where pennies gave classes negative points and all other coins and dollars gave them positive points. The classes wanted to have t ..... 
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Lois Roberton Nursing Scholarship for local nursing students

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for this year’s Lois Roberton Nursing scholarship are currently being accepted. Through the generosity and vision of the late Lois Roberton, Rushford Community Found ..... 
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Lois Roberton Nursing Scholarship for local nursing students

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for this year’s Lois Roberton Nursing scholarship are currently being accepted. Through the generosity and vision of the late Lois Roberton, Rushford Community Found ..... 
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