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Fillmore Central looking to improve technology


Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met at noon on February 28. One of the main issues discussed was the future of technology in the district. A technology committee had been created to come up with some ideas for plans to do this, as well as ideas for financing.

Chairperson Ross Kiehne, who is on the technology committee, said they talked about the wireless infrastructure of the school, and how it would need to be updated to meet future needs. Some of the ideas include purchasing iPads and/or Mac Airbooks for students for educational purposes.

Jim Love, another committee member, suggested they make changes slowly, instead of throwing a lot of new things in at once. Buying a lot of computers and software all at once would be more costly.

“I think it’s a good thing,” said Love. “I think we’re moving in the right direction.”

Superintendent Richard Keith mentioned that bandwidth is becoming a problem at the high school, and that they have talked with IT Jeff Thompson, as well as the phone company in Harmony. Kiehne mentioned that with more technology and different programs, they might need more support for teachers and students.

“By next fall we want to be doing something,” said Keith.

The school did a survey of students to see how many of them have the Internet at home, and the result showed that 90 percent of students do have access.

It was suggested the budget committee look at how much money can be allocated for technology in the coming years. Board member John Torgrimson said maybe they should have the technology committee look into costs and inform the budget committee. He added that he felt the district was fiscally in good shape for this planning.

Love said he would like to look at a 2-3 year time frame for implementing the new technology.

High School HVAC

Improvements

Torgrimson said the Facilities committee met with Keith to talk about upcoming and future projects for the district. He said this summer they are looking at radon mitigation, lighting at the high school gym, and asbestos removal at the middle school. He added that some of the funds would come from Health and Safety, and some from Deferred Maintenance.

Another project they are looking at is a major HVAC project at the high school. Torgrimson said every year the district levies $175,000 for Health and .....
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SWCD Scholarship deadline fast approaching

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Attention all Fillmore County graduating high school seniors! If you are pursuing a degree in natural resources, agriculture or a related field, the deadline to apply for a $500 scholarship from the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SW ..... 
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Lanesboro horticulture class working on landscaping project

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The talk at the Lanesboro School Board meeting was all about plants on February 16. Two groups from the new horticulture class gave presentations about landscaping projects, and the school board had to decide which one to approve. The first prese ..... 
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College News

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Dean’s List/Honor Rolls •Augsburg College: Kristin Bunge of Preston •Bethel University: Abigail Stocker of Peterson. •UW-LaCrosse: Danielle Kristine Anshus, Hannah R. Hollermann, and Heidi Meyer of Chatfield; Jamie Dylan Mathison of Presto ..... 
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Fillmore Central gets organized for 2012

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Education

At the regular board meeting on January 24, Fillmore Central discussed several items in planning for the new year.

Ross Kiehne will remain the chairperson, and Craig Britton the vice-chair. Deb Ristau is still the clerk, but Shelly Topness ..... 
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Chatfield discusses adequate yearly progress

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Education

The Chatfield Public School Board met for its first meeting of 2012 on January 17. All board members were present for this meeting. The brief meeting's main focus was on analyzing curriculum within the district in order to achieve adequate yearly pr ..... 
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Fillmore Central art students display work

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Education

The current show in the gallery at the Lanesboro Arts Center features student art from local high schools. One of the schools participating is Fillmore Central. Each year Fillmore Central students, along with those from Lanesboro, Chosen Valley, and ..... 
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Kingsland School District approves a levy increase

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board approved a 4.41 increase for the 2012 tax levy at their meeting Monday, December 19.

The board held the state mandated Truth in Taxation public hearing to present the 2012 budget and the proposed levy. Business Man ..... 
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A hopeful R-P hosts Senate Tour

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

Aimed at furthering its New School Initiative another step, R-P played host to a contingent of the Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee December 15. Senators David Senjem, committee chair, Keith Langseth, Dan Sparks, Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austi ..... 
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