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R-P looks to possible collaborative effort


Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



Despite wintery weather, the R-P school board forged ahead at the Monday, December 20th, meeting with Superintendent Chuck Ehler presenting an update regarding an initiative for a Flexible Learning Calendar.

The effort is spearheaded by the Southeast Minnesota Learner Achievement Collaboration, an organization comprised of school districts, higher educational institutions, and education-related service agencies. The mutual interests of the group include the allowance of a flexible learning year approval for an earlier beginning to the school year, maximizing funds for high-quality teacher development, and the potential for not only the mutual utilization of services, but cooperation with the community and other agencies.

According to documentation, state statute does not allow districts to begin the year prior to Labor Day. However, the group believes school board members should be able to determine both the starting and ending dates of a district's calendar. An application to the Minnesota Department of Education would grant the district the ability to begin approximately two weeks prior to Labor Day. The district feels this would provide both teachers and students quality instruction time before statewide accountability assessments.

The summary indicates numerous additional benefits in joining the collaborative effort. These include: "Common learning management system to support collaboration and student achievement tracking, time for teachers to implement and refine research-based instructional strategies, common calendar days dedicated to professional development, and an alignment with high education semester schedules."

A recent survey of district staff members indicated a clear divide. Of 52 votes, 58 percent are in favor of the proposed change, while 42 percent opposed it. The reasoning for the split was not defined.

The collaborative effort would allow for staff development opportunities, including integrated professional learning communities across school districts, maximizing the sharing of resources and strategies. There would be three common professional development days for staff, beginning in mid-August and wrapping up the following February of each year.

To assist with a decision of the proposed collaboration, three public forums have been scheduled in regards to the effort. The first will be Monday, January 10th, at the middle school lunchroom in Peterson. The second will be held Thu .....
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Fillmore Central seeks to improve math scores

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann gave the school board a presentation giving them more information about the Flexible Learning Year program.

Several schools in southwest Minnesota have combined to make a consortium, an ..... 
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Chatfield approves use of cell phones during lunch

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



After winter weather delayed the Chatfield School Board meeting from Monday, December 20th, to Tuesday, December 21st, the agenda was completed with three of the five board members present. Kathy Schellhammer took the oath of office as she b ..... 
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School board issues letter to the newspapers

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Education

The bullying issues that have plagued Lanesboro schools recently were discussed during the school board meeting on December 16.

Chair person Dave Lawstuen said he had drafted an open letter to parents and patrons regarding the recent articl ..... 
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Discussion of bullying at Lanesboro School dominates council meeting

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Education

Frustrated parents addressed the Lanesboro City Council on December 6 over what they consider a lack of adequate response to their complaints of bullying at school aimed at their children.

A letter from Stuart and Amy Dyreson addressed to th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools to establish facilities task force

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is establishing a task force to study the facility and related educational needs of its early childhood through 12th grade students. It is the desire of the school board for the task force to be composed of members who prov ..... 
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Chatfield School Board brings back the Knowledge Bowl

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

The November Chatfield School Board meeting took place on Monday, November 15th, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. in the high school media center. The majority of the meeting was allotted to administration reports and the 2009-2010-district audit report. Alan And ..... 
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Kingsland applies for flexible learning year

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

The November meeting for the Kingsland Public Schools took place on Nov. 15 with all board members present. The board members were presented with a summary of their 09-10 audit. Amanda Clark of Larson Allen LLP, presented their internal audit summar ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board revisits bullying issue

Fri, Nov 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

After a short meeting of the Lanesboro School Board on November 16, Karen and Terry Neneman spoke out about the bullying that her daughter recently received. Karen read a statement she had prepared, and gave the board members a separate document tha ..... 
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