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Rushford-Peterson joins Minnesota Schools Food Buy Group


Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - At its monthly meeting last Monday, August 25, the Rushford-Peterson School Board approved Superintendent Chuck Ehler's recommendation that the district join a food buying co-op, the Minnesota Schools Food Buy Group, as the most recent cost-saving measure for R-P schools.

The Anoka school district manages the co-op, to which fifty-one schools already belong. There is a membership fee of $400, but Ehler said he could assure the board that with what he's seen of the prices available through the co-op, "we'll make up that in a short time."

The board still needed to decide on local bids for milk (Kemps), bread (Sarah Lee), and gasoline (Pam's Corner) for the district.

Handbooks and Policies

The majority of the meeting was spent hearing from new principal Shane McBroom on his sizeable assignment of updating student, parent and staff handbooks and policies.

McBroom said that reading the current handbooks allowed him to observe that the district is currently operating in part under some outdated policies. In addition, McBroom was able to make a few additions that reflect issues he considers important.

He recommends adding a standard grading scale for the district, "out of fairness to parents and students" so that, for instance, a percentage will always correspond to the same letter grade district-wide.

McBroom said faculty will still have the freedom to incorporate their own variations on the grading scale as long as the grading scale is clearly laid out in the course syllabus.

Student dress codes were reinforced so that students will be required to wear clothing that does not "jeopardize safety or health...(and) not be a distraction" to other students and staff.

The policy states that the district does not wish to "abridge the right of free speech," and that students are not discouraged from wearing clothes that express political, religious, or philosophical opinions as long as those opinions are not "obscene, defamatory, profane, and do not advocate violence or harassment against others..."

Middle school principal Joel Hovland added that he reinstated a former dress code rule that "shorts and skirts may not be shorter than fingertips when arms are held at your sides."

District-wide, students are basically required to "dress in keeping with community standards," and when the issue of ambiguity is raised, those present agreed the student's principal would be the fin .....
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Kingsland School Board meets in new high school

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Education

The first Kingsland School District School Board meeting was held Monday night, August 18 in the new High School cafeteria.

The building Project Update was given by Pat Simpkins of the DLR Group. He said that the project is winding down to ..... 
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Lanesboro Schools looks into security system

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Education

Teenaged boys in orange and black jerseys clustered around the doors of the Lanesboro School on a cool, rainy Thursday evening as the school board gathered inside to address the upcoming year. Fall was in the air.

Principal Brett Clarke pres ..... 
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Fillmore Central sells parcel of land in Harmony

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore Central School Board held a very short special meeting on July 30 to cover a few key issues that couldn't wait until the board's next official meeting on August 26.

The school district recently learned that they owned ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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