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Fillmore Central bus costs skyrocket


Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Transportation costs, community projects, and handbook changes were important issues at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting, held at the middle school on July 21.

After several Transportation Committee meetings over the past few months, an agreement covering the final two years of a four year bussing contract with Harmony Transit was reached. Board member John Torgrimson noted that volatile fuel prices made it very hard to find what was right for both parties, noting that diesel prices that day were at $4.50 per gallon compared with the last two years when the agreement used $2.75 per gallon as the base price. Torgrimson said 23,000 gallons of diesel are consumed annually.

"The agreement would have been reached a long time ago if it wasn't for the fuel prices," said Superintendent Myrna Luehmann.

Judging by today's diesel prices, transportation for the year will cost the school $30,000 more than it did last year. Torgrimson said the agreement calls for a 2 percent increase in the base contract with Harmony Transit in each of the next two years. A fuel formula was also created where the district will pay for diesel costs above and beyond the $3.00 per gallon base price set for the next two years.

The board voted unanimously to approve the transportation contract.

Another major fuel-related issue was the subject of the late bus, which is available for kids needing transportation after sports practices. After discussing the possibility of cutting down the route or implementing a payment program for the families using it, the board decided to keep the late bus operating like last year but to monitor the number of students using the service so that necessary adjustments can be made if needed.

Tennis Courts

A presentation about Preston Community Recreation Projects was given by Doug Keene and Wayne Dreier representing the Preston Tennis Committee. When MNDOT removed the tennis courts north of the elementary school for the Hwy 52 project, the school was compensated for the loss of land and facilities. The board agreed to set aside $30,000 of that amount for recreation projects in Preston as part of a settlement of the tennis courts which was built in cooperation between the district and city. The City of Preston conducted a survey and decided to put $5,000 towards the new playground at the ballpark and $25,000 towards the new tennis courts. Keene noted that the tennis courts, which are unde .....
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R-P's test scores rise in reading and math

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson district made "notable improvement" in its pass rate in both reading and math scores on this year's MCA II tests, according to a report from the Hiawatha Valley Education District (HVED).

The report was presented by sup ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board discusses bullying

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Education

There was much work done at the Lanesboro School Board's Thursday, July 17, meeting in preparation for the coming year.

The principals reported that a meeting had been held with parents concerned about bullying. Their concerns were heard and ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board makes changes to cell phone and other policies

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Education

HARMONY - Fillmore Central School Board members went over some changes in staffing, handbook policies, and prices for the 2008-2009 school year at their regular meeting on June 23.

High School Principal Heath Olstad discussed some of the cha ..... 
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R-P board deals with range of issues

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - A school year that started with a flood closed with a number of retirements in the Rushford-Peterson school district.

Most recently, at the June 16 meeting of the school board, the board accepted the resignation of long-time 6th g ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board fills teacher vacancies

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Education

On New Years we honor the old and welcome the new. So it was with the Lanesboro School Board at their June, 19, 2008 meeting as they looked toward the upcoming school year.

The board was proud to recognize the success of the boys track team ..... 
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R-P names McBroom new high school principal

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHOFRD - There will be a new principal at the helm of Rushford-Peterson High School. Shane McBroom of Chatfield was offered and accepted the principal position, it was announced at an R-P school board special meeting May 28.

McBroom replac ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board struggles with uncertainty over restructuring

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore County School Board tackled a long agenda at their nearly four hour meeting on May 27. Members grappled with changes to Superintendent Myrna Luehmann's job description. The blending of her job and that of the K-8 principal is ..... 
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R-P looks at ways to cut costs

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - With the word "recession" on everyone's mind, and record prices on goods like gasoline and groceries, school districts all over are looking for ways to tighten budgets that already have no wiggle room.

In his first year at R-P, Su ..... 
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