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Fillmore Central approves staff development program


Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Education

At the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on March 26, Superintendent Richard Keith explained a staff professional development company called Editure. He had spoken to the teachers about it at a recent faculty meeting, and felt it would be beneficial to use their services. A special part of the program, according to Keith, is an observation piece. The superintendent, principal, or another teacher will observe the teachers.

Keith said the MREA (Minnesota Rural Education Association) has picked up a big chunk of the cost for schools that want to participate. The first year there will be a $2,500 joining cost, plus $2,000. Each year after that will just be $2,000. Keith said the cost is comparable to other programs. They may have to have an early dismissal once a month in order to make time for training for the teachers.

The board approved the program, which will replace SEMLAC (Southeast Minnesota Learner Achievement Collaborative).

Technology Update

Keith said the technology committee met recently and discussed the direction they want to go bringing more technology to the students. They would like to go with MacBook Air for the high school students, and iPads for the elementary students. They also discussed the possibility of needing more staff support when more technology is added. They are currently looking at costs and funding options.

Board member John Torgrimson, who is on the budget committee, said they discussed technology at their recent meeting as well. They decided they will need to come up with $100,000 to update the infrastructure at the school in order to support the new technology, and for the extra support staff. They are looking at leasing options versus purchasing as well.

Staffing Changes

The board approved the resignation of Athletic Director and math teacher Jane Montgomery. Montgomery has been with the district for 35 years. They also approved the resignation of Diane Hadoff, who has been with the district for 22 years. The board expressed thanks to both for their years of service.

The resignation of Jill Hoover, custodian was approved.

Hours will be increasing slightly for paraprofessional Kaynell Rindels. She will be at seven hours a day due to student needs. Paraprofessional Terisa Scrabeck will be increased to seven hours a day twice a week for student needs as well.

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College News

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Education

President’s List •Western Technical College: Melissa Hirsch and Lacey Spalla of Mabel Dean’s List/Honor Rolls •Viterbo Unversity: Tony Becker, Jaclyn Holger, Steven Koenen, Marie Luhmann, Morgan McManimon-Myers, and Emily Zuccarelli, all o ..... 
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Kingsland School Board strategic objectives for the district

By Kevin Blanchard

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in All Education

The Kingsland School Board approved strategic objectives and district goals at their meeting Monday, March 19. The vision, mission, strategic objectives and district goals were developed through a series of strategic planning meetings. “The visi ..... 
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Chatfield School Board approves programs for 2012-2013

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

At the Chatfield School Board’s March 19 meeting several items pertaining to the 2012-2013 school year were approved. Greg LaPlante was absent. The administrative plan for Action 100 Book Challenge was approved. Superintendent Ed Harris said ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Kindergarten registration

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools will be holding Kindergarten Registration on April 13, 2012. Kindergarten registration will be conducted through one-hour registration periods. (To register for Kindergarten, your child must be five years old by September 1 ..... 
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R-P marches forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Superintendent Ehler testified before the House Finance Committee, along with board member Angela Colbenson and local businessman Brad Hoiness, February 8 and before the Senate Education Committee, along with Colbenson and board member Greg Smith, F ..... 
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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 fo ..... 
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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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