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Chatfield School Board discusses asbestos abatement for old school


Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board held a special meeting on Monday, November 2, at 7 p.m. to discuss asbestos abatement at the old elementary school and further renovations at the high school. One member was absent.

The board began with a discussion about asbestos abatement and demolition at the old elementary school and Potter Auditorium with the hope of reaching a plan of action, which the board could present to a committee being organized by the city. Among the main concerns was the cost of renovation versus demolition. While the board members agreed that the community's support of the building is an important factor to consider, some members also were curious as to how much money demolition of the building would save the district. By keeping the building, the district faces both the cost of renovating it now and the costs of upkeep and utilities in the future. However, the board also agreed that making a final decision now is difficult since no one is quite sure what the future will bring. Board member Greg LaPlante commented that he "likes black and white," that things would be a lot easier if the board knew where they'll be in three years or so. The members briefly discussed leasing the building for three years, at which time they could make a more informed decision for the future. However, before any definite time frame is negotiated, the building needs to be treated for the asbestos problem. Board member F. Mike Tuohy then pointed out that, out of the school board, the city, and the EDA, the school board is the only group without a resolution passed regarding the asbestos abatement. The board then approved a motion to proceed with the abatement, which will include pre-demolition treatment on the 1954 portion of the building, pre-renovation treatment on Potter and the 1918 section, and reduction of asbestos in some chalkboard adhesive within the buildings.

Second on the agenda was a list of further purchases to be considered regarding the high school renovation and the new elementary school. Superintendent Don Hainlen presented the list to the board, explaining that most of the items could be put off until a later date and that they still need to prioritize which items are the most important to complete. After board members Kathy Schellhammer and Tuohy both suggested additional projects to the list, Hainlen pointed out that it is still a work in progress. Some items are building-specific, such as landscaping at the elementary or remodelin .....
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Winter coaching positions approved

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Education

Much of the October 28 Fillmore Central School Board meeting was in discussion over winter coaching positions and scheduling of events. Athletic Director Jane Montgomery included a list of the number of students signed up for boys and girls basketba ..... 
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R-P baseball standout selected to play for US Baseball Stars

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Education

Rushford-Peterson High School student Cody Frick has been selected to represent Minnesota as a member of the United States Baseball Stars. The Stars are a national team that will travel to the Dominican Republic this winter. Frick will play on a squ ..... 
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Chatfield schools report illness-related absences have been pretty steady

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Education



The Chatfield School Board held their regular meeting on October 19th, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. following a special discussion about the legislature and the recent building projects with Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes.

The board talked abo ..... 
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R-P School Board receives audit report

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Education



Hearing from Darwin Viker of independent auditing firm Larson Allen Weishair, the board received both cautious and positive news at the Monday, October 19th meeting.

The district received a clear audit and only two control deficienci ..... 
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R-P Referendum detailed at public forum

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Education

With a public audience of eight, representatives from the Rushford-Peterson School Board and administration presented detailed information regarding the operating levy referendum Monday, October 12th, at the R-P Middle School cafeteria in Peterson.< ..... 
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Fillmore Central discusses H1N1 flu

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Education

There was discussion about the possibilities of an outbreak of the H1N1 flu at the recent Fillmore Central School Board meeting. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann gave the board members information on the flu itself, as well as things schools can do to ..... 
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Senator addresses R-P School Board

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Education

Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes was present at the Monday, September 21st, meeting to provide the board with a legislative update. Her message reiterated the current economic status, but it also held some hope in regards to the new school initiative a ..... 
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Chatfield discusses salaries

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, September 21, in the new elementary school media center. All members were present.

Following the approval of the agenda and the accounts, Ms. Patricia Solum, a high school English teacher at Chatfiel ..... 
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