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FC School Board votes to move 7th and 8th graders


Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

In a unanimous decision, the Fillmore Central School Board has voted to move the seventh and eight graders to the high school building in Harmony for the 2010-2011 school year.

There were several people from the community in attendance to voice their concerns and questions about the decision. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann started by saying there has been no changes to the numbers since last month. There is one resignation, and the other person they thought might retire is coming back parttime for one more semester. According to Luehmann, if they move the students, they will not have to replace the retired teachers, which will be a savings.

"Is this going to be a good thing for our students?" asked Luehmann. "That's the first thing we have to think about."

Board member Jim Love asked if there would be deeper cuts if the move was not made. Luehmann said there would have to be cuts into student programs. She said with the move, the students will have additional offerings.

High School Principal Heath Olstad mentioned some of the things that the students will be able to have that they weren't able to get at the middle school. They would have choices such as Intro to Spanish, Home Ec., Ag, and shop classes.

"It's not going to be a middle school setting," said Olstad. "But I think it will be a positive thing."

One concern that Olstad spoke about is having the seventh and eighth graders in a block schedule. Right now the high school classes are 77 minutes long and students are in a class for one semester. There is sometimes a concern about having English first semester one year and second semester the next year and the large gap between.

Olstad said other classes incorporate English skills in their curriculum with writing reports and other things. He also mentioned the possibility of splitting one block period into two "skinnies" for the younger students.

Board member John Torgrimson asked about social situations with seventh graders and seniors in the same building. Olstad responded by saying it's a small school so it's not realistic to say they would be completely separate. He added that the high school has a very dedicated staff, and he is confident the adjustment would work and be a positive experience.

Love asked if the students would be more ready for ninth grade, when their grades really start to count toward their future. Olstad believed it would be a much smoother transition for them .....
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Fillmore SWCD scholarship

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a scholarship for Fillmore County high school graduating seniors. To be eligible students must be pursuing a degree in natural resources, agriculture or related fields.

The Educat ..... 
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R-P school board reading goals

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

74,000 minutes. That's a lot of reading in a short four days for the students of Rushford-Peterson Elementary School, but the potential reward for achieving their ultimate goal of 250,000 minutes in the month of February is even greater: the opportu ..... 
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Local student studying environmental studies in Australia

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Katherine Halvorson from Peterson, a student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, is spending this semester pursuing her studies in environmental studies in Australia.

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Rushford-Peterson middle school honor roll 2nd quarter

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

A Honor Roll

Grade 6

Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O'Hare, Rachel O'Shaughnessy, Morgan Vitse, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter.

Grade 7

Jordan Agrimson, Joshua Agrimson, ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson school district enters Minnesota's nation leading Q Comp Program

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Minnesota Education Commissioner Alice Seagren announced today that the Rushford-Peterson School District will implement Minnesota's nation-leading Q Comp performance and professional pay program. The school district will receive $165,100 in total r ..... 
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Superintendent Ehresmann's impression of Chatfield Schools

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Chatfield's new interim superintendent, Greg Ehresmann, was present at the Chatfield school board's monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Agenda items included an update on CCTV, discussion on action by the state legislature, and a report b ..... 
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Kingsland discusses a new position

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

In a work session prior to the Kingsland Board of Education meeting, board members discussed the creation of a new position that would have the title of; "Director of Buildings & Grounds." Currently, the district is under contract with a company cal ..... 
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Lanesboro school board ratifies teacher seniority list

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at a few minutes past 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 18th. All board members were present. Chairman David Ruen called the meeting to order. The board ame ..... 
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