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Fillmore Central seeks to improve math scores


Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann gave the school board a presentation giving them more information about the Flexible Learning Year program.

Several schools in southwest Minnesota have combined to make a consortium, and applied to have school start two weeks earlier. There are now many districts in southeast Minnesota that are interested in doing the same thing. There are many reasons for doing this, and Luehmann explained some of them.

If Fillmore Central applies to be a part of this consortium, they will have to do so by February 15. Luehmann explained it is a three-year term they would be signing up for, and would start in 2011. In order to apply for the consortium, the school must hold three public meetings.

With the new schedule, the first semester would end before winter break, and the year would end approximately two weeks earlier. The schools that combine would have shared professional development days, which could save the districts money. Each school must pay into a pool $10 per student for each of the three years, and this money would be used for those professional developments.

Luehmann said they cannot reduce the number of student contact days. This schedule would be aligned with local colleges, as well as the other districts.

Along with cost efficiency or the trainings, the schools that collaborate could use certain technologies together. Luehmann explained that kids learn differently today than many years ago; they need a higher level of critical thinking. Schools today are working on getting kids ready for college and helping them through college, in what Luehmann referred to as "K-16" instead of K-12.

The board agreed they are interested in pursuing this. Board member Deb Ristau wanted to make sure all of the staff members are on board with the idea. Principal Heath Olstad said he will be meeting with staff as soon as winter break is over. They will then set up the three meetings that need to be held. They have no obligation until they make a commitment in February.

High School Math Study

During his Principal's Report, Heath Olstad informed the board of a pilot program that will be taking place for juniors. Olstad said the program would be to help the students in eleventh grade be more successful with their standardized math tests in the spring.

"We need to improve the overall math scores," said Olstad. "That's the bottom line."

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Chatfield approves use of cell phones during lunch

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education



After winter weather delayed the Chatfield School Board meeting from Monday, December 20th, to Tuesday, December 21st, the agenda was completed with three of the five board members present. Kathy Schellhammer took the oath of office as she b ..... 
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School board issues letter to the newspapers

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Education

The bullying issues that have plagued Lanesboro schools recently were discussed during the school board meeting on December 16.

Chair person Dave Lawstuen said he had drafted an open letter to parents and patrons regarding the recent articl ..... 
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Discussion of bullying at Lanesboro School dominates council meeting

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Education

Frustrated parents addressed the Lanesboro City Council on December 6 over what they consider a lack of adequate response to their complaints of bullying at school aimed at their children.

A letter from Stuart and Amy Dyreson addressed to th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools to establish facilities task force

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is establishing a task force to study the facility and related educational needs of its early childhood through 12th grade students. It is the desire of the school board for the task force to be composed of members who prov ..... 
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Chatfield School Board brings back the Knowledge Bowl

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

The November Chatfield School Board meeting took place on Monday, November 15th, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. in the high school media center. The majority of the meeting was allotted to administration reports and the 2009-2010-district audit report. Alan And ..... 
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Kingsland applies for flexible learning year

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

The November meeting for the Kingsland Public Schools took place on Nov. 15 with all board members present. The board members were presented with a summary of their 09-10 audit. Amanda Clark of Larson Allen LLP, presented their internal audit summar ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board revisits bullying issue

Fri, Nov 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

After a short meeting of the Lanesboro School Board on November 16, Karen and Terry Neneman spoke out about the bullying that her daughter recently received. Karen read a statement she had prepared, and gave the board members a separate document tha ..... 
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Fillmore Central preps for referendum

Tue, Nov 2nd, 2010
Posted in Education

During the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on October 27, board member Craig Britton spoke about the things that the referendum committee have been working on to promote voting for the referendum.

After the board meeting that evening, ..... 
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