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Chatfield discusses salaries


Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, September 21, in the new elementary school media center. All members were present.

Following the approval of the agenda and the accounts, Ms. Patricia Solum, a high school English teacher at Chatfield, and two students, Tia Gurtner and Melanie Ovel, gave a brief presentation detailing a trip that a group of Chatfield high school students took recently. The group spent seven days touring London, England, and Paris, France. Both the students and teacher stressed the value of the trip and the fun time they had. Solum concluded by expressing her hope that the trip would become a bi-annual opportunity for Chatfield students.

The board also discussed the two elementary buildings. Superintendent Don Hainlen mentioned how pleased they were with the attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new building, which included Representative Greg Davids and Senator Sharon Ropes. Additionally, the board discussed the time frame for awarding an asbestos abatement contract for the old building. According to the levy, the project must be completed and paid for by June 30, 2010. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) will not approve funds for the building until the asbestos abatement project is completed. The Chatfield City Council, Chatfield School Board, and Chatfield EDA will further discuss the situation at a joint meeting on September 28th at 5:30 p.m.

Superintendent Hainlen also brought up concerns over the H1N1 virus. Local schools have been cooperating during sporting events, asking athletes not to shake hands but to acknowledge each other by a thumbs-up or a nod. Dr. Hainlen mentioned that they are treating flu-like symptoms "like snow days" this year in that schools can cancel sporting events and not have them count as forfeitures.

Upcoming teacher negotiations were also a topic of discussion. The board reviewed the salaries of surrounding school districts and decided that Chatfield ranks among the highest paid, both for teachers with bachelor's and master's degrees. The board also compared the reserve amounts of area schools with their own. After mentioning the new elementary building and high school renovations, the board decided that raising salaries would be impractical for the district's long-term financial outlook.

High school Spanish teacher Julie Gloss also attended the meeting to request the board's approval for her application to the Fulbright Classroom Teach .....
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Kingsland School Board certified 2010 tax levy

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Education

LEVY CERTIFIED

The Kingsland School Board certified the tax levy for 2010 on Tuesday night. The tax levy is $1,867,654.08 which is a 2.04% increase over the current levy of $1,830,372.15. This year, in an effort to save money, there will not ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves Boggs' tax and levy proposal

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th. One board member was absent.

New Business

The board approved August bills, financial statement ..... 
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How was the Fillmore Central early start?

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

Over the summer, the Fillmore Central School Board approved a major change to the school calendar for the 2009-2010 year. Due to a major project being done at the middle school, Superintendent and K-8 Principal Myrna Luehmann recommended starting th ..... 
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R-P School Board determines referendum amount

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Education

In a nearly vacant room, with the exception of two members of the media and one district teacher, the Rushford-Peterson School Board came together in a special meeting to discuss and determine the fate of a new operating levy on Monday, August 31st. ..... 
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FCHS marching band playing at the first home football game

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Education

Don't miss your chance to see the 2009 FCHS Marching Band in action at the first home football game on Friday, Sept. 11th! The 82-member marching band will perform the first selection from their fall show, entitled, "ROCK REWIND." Selections include ..... 
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Fillmore Central improves AYP status

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann told the school board on August 25 that the district made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) based on testing done last spring.

Fillmore Central did not make AYP last year and was put on an improvem ..... 
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Kingsland discusses i4Knights

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Education

There was a good crowd at the August 25, 2009, Kingsland Board Meeting and at the workshop preceding the meeting.

After over an hour of discussion on facilities and i4Knights the board sat back and discussed the issues that were brought for ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves hiring of math teacher to improve MCA test scores

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board met Thursday, August 20 to finalize and clarify some last-minute details before classes resume on September 8.

The issue of fall sports was heavy on the agenda this week. The board approved the coaches for the cro ..... 
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