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Rushford Peterson school board proceeds with cuts


Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Education

A room full of determined parents and students. A stopwatch displayed on an overhead projection screen. At hand, the fate of five R-P staff members.

While this could have made for a tense gathering, the special meeting on Thursday, April 29th, proceeded in a methodical and straightforward manner. The regular April meeting only ten days earlier was anything but, with students and parents presenting long arguments in defense of industrial technology teacher Mark Winkels and agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Dawn Lubahn.

During the course of the twenty minute meeting, FFA president Kaitlyn Peterson was the only one to address the board, presenting a petition with the names of 63 students wanting to take ag classes next year. Board Chairman Dan Munson received the petition with polite gratitude, but nothing else was said on the matter before the board moved into voting on the proposed cuts.

The cuts come under some scrutiny from students and parents unhappy with a pre-registration process which took place at the district last fall. However, the district maintains that the cuts are the result of low enrollment numbers in the classes and a lack of secure funding from the state for some of the positions.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler noted, "It's time to evaluate what our particular needs are."

Staff members receiving termination are Lubahn (board member Greg Smith abstained in the roll-call voting); Emily Englehardt, high school math interventionist; Margaret Marklowitz, grade K-2 reading interventionist; and Tracy Janke, grade 3-5 reading interventionist.

Mark Winkels was put on unrequested leave. He is entitled to recall rights and future consideration will be based on licensure.

Also discussed at the meeting were the results of Ehler's April 30th review. The board felt he either met or exceeded expectation with some room for growth. They found Ehler highly accountable, innovative in approach, having a good grasp of technology, and tenacious in pursuing funds. Areas listed for improvement were in regards to working relationships and personal time management. Ehler's current contract is up in 2011.

Education Minnesota urges governor to sign bill saving schools hundreds of millions of dollars

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Education

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 7, 2010 - A bill that would save Minnesota schools hundreds of millions of dollars while improving health insurance for thousands of school employees now awaits Gov. Tim Pawlenty's signature. The bill, which creates a statewide h ..... 
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Harmony American Legion Auxiliary announces Girls State

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Harmony American Legion Auxiliary is proud to announce that Nashia Soland has been chosen to represent Harmony at the 64th annual Girls State program to be held June 13-19, 2010, at Bethel College in St. Paul. Soland is the daughter of LuVerne a ..... 
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Lanesboro High School student receives University of Minnesota Science Achievement Award

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Education

Dana Sautter, a student at Lanesboro High School, has received a Science Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). In addition to the award, Sautter also received a $200 ..... 
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AgStar Offers Grant to Support Ag Education in High Schools

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

MANKATO, Minn. (May 4, 2010) - AgStar Financial Services' Fund for Rural America, a corporate-giving program, is proud to once again offer a grant supporting equipment for agriculture classrooms. The AgStar Fund has approved $50,000 for this program ..... 
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YOUNG WRITERS TO MEET

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Hiawatha Valley Education District will host the annual "Young Writers' Conference" on May 13th and 14th, 2010 at Winona State University. There are over 1,000 students from grades 3-8 registered from the following schools: Arcadia, Caledonia, Ch ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board gives final approval

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board gave the final approval for many changes, additions and reductions in programs and staffing for the 2010-2011 school year. With the move of the seventh and eighth graders to the high school, as well as the needed bu ..... 
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Chatfield contemplates budget cut proposal

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

"We have x amount of dollars to work with," Chatfield School Board Chair Jerry Chase explained to the large group of students and adults who gathered at the board's April 19 meeting to protest placing Chatfield English teacher Patricia Solum on unre ..... 
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R-P School Board postpones cuts in staffing needs

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Monday, April 19th agenda included two resolutions affecting staffing needs for the 2010-2011 school year. Stemming from a work session earlier in the month, district Superintendent Chuck Ehler had recommended changes in five current positions. ..... 
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