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R-P seeks to be authorizer of Dakota School


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Education

The school board has granted Superintendent Chuck Ehler permission to explore the possibility of being the authorizer for the Dakota Charter Community Schools, a move that could yield several benefits to the R-P district. One of the most obvious is the potential increase to future enrollment in the district. The Dakota Area Community School is a K-5 facility that typically serves less than 50 students; students who will at some point seek a middle and high school education within the area. R-P hopes that education comes within their doors. In addition to possible enrollment increases, the district would also see a slight monetary reimbursement from its role as authorizer.

According to the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools, “One of the basic components of public charter schools is that they are granted a ‘charter’ by an approved entity known as an ‘authorizer.’” It is the role of the authorizer to monitor and evaluate the goals and performance of the school. At the end of the written charter contract between the two, the authorizer has the ability to either renew the charter of end the contract if the school is not performing well academically or even financially or through operations.

The majority of authorizers in Minnesota are either local education agencies (LEA), such as the R-P district, higher education institutions, or non-profit organizations. Per the Minnesota Department of Education, there are 28 approved authorizers within the state. The overwhelming majority will serve just one or two schools. In southeastern Minnesota, only Rushford-Peterson Public Schools, Rochester Community Technical College, and Winona Area Public Schools are approved as authorizers.

The district had previously sought to be the authorizer of Ridgeway Community School back in 2010, but the effort was denied.

In other news, the board will meet and conduct a working session with planning and architectural firm ATS&R June 2, at 6:00pm, in the high school biology room. The firm is assisting the district with the predesign phase of its New School Initiative.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is Monday, June 18, 2012, at 5:30pm in the high school biology room. The public is encouraged to attend.





Chatfield School Board discusses literacy plan

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members met on Tuesday, May 22 for the final meeting before the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year. Items on the meeting agenda included several alterations in the district’s staffing and the approval of the newly initi ..... 
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Fillmore Central hears Community Ed. report

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Fillmore Central Community Ed. Director Holly Kanengeiter gave the school board an annual report during the board meeting on May 22, 2012. Kanengeiter reported that the One Block at a Time Day Care has 75 registered children right now, and they a ..... 
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Kingsland discusses iPads

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Education

The Kingsland School Board had a full agenda on May 21, 2012. Superintendent John McDonald and all school board members were present. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Doug Plaehn. Consent agenda items were approved. A discussion was he ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves computer purchases for high school students

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

In the fall, Lanesboro students in grades 9-12 will each be receiving their own personal tablet computer. High school Principal Brett Clarke and Superintendent Jeff Boggs have been researching different computers and discussing their ideas for imple ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson National Honor Society

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Education

On Wednesday, April 18 the Rushford-Peterson Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony. The National Honor Society recognizes those students that have followed our school’s motto of “Always Our Best” in the areas ..... 
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Fillmore Central discusses technology needs

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Fillmore Central’s technology committee met recently to further discuss options for offering more technology to the students. Superintendent Richard Keith and board member Jim Love spoke to the board at the regular meeting on April 24. “We di ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board looking at improving technology

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board heard from High School Principal Brett Clarke at their meeting on April 19. Clarke was excited to share with them something the school had been talking about for years. With him he had two different netbook computers that ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses Action 100

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members had a busy night on April 16 as the group met for its regular monthly meeting. A main focus during the meeting was discussion on reading curriculum instructional development as new initiatives are being formulated for ..... 
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