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Fillmore Central School Board proposed 2009/10 budget


Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Education

Many decisions were made for the 2009-2010 school year at the recent Fillmore Central School Board meeting on June 23rd. There were also some changes made to the teachers. The board accepted a resignation from Charlene Grabau, a part-time custodian. They also accepted a resignation from Heather Shupe for the Youth Enrichment Program. A replacement for Grabau, Cheryl Tesch, was approved for hire.

Two new teachers were hired as well. The board approved the hire of Aaron Janssen for the high school Social Studies position. Emily Kastler will take over the first grade teaching position at the elementary school.

Two teachers who have been with the district for three years were approved for tenure. Jessica Powell is the elementary music teacher, and Nate Carlson teaches high school Health and Physical Education.

The board also approved the renewal of High School Principal Heath Olstad's contract. It is a two-year contract with no changes, and Olstad has agreed to a salary freeze for that time.

Fees and salaries were also set for the next school year. The board decided to keep the substitute teacher, paraprofessional, custodial, secretary and van driver pay the same as last year. The price for hot lunch for students and teachers was increased by five cents, as well as extra milk. The price for breakfast will remain the same.

The board looked at the fees for sports and other extra-curricular activities. They decided to make the fee for all sports $75 and all other activities $35. The maximum family fee is $300.

The admission price for sports was raised to $5 for adults, $55 for a season pass, and $140 for a family season pass.

There was also a major change to the school calendar for next year. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann suggested they start school two weeks earlier, on August 24. The last day for students will be May 21. This will allow workers to start on the large heating and ventilation project at the middle school at an earlier date to give them more time to get done during the summer months.

According to Luehmann, if a district has a project going on that is more than $400,000, they are allowed to request a change in the schedule. Their request from the Department of Education was approved.

Luehmann said she had spoken with Blaine Moe, the Custodial Superintendent, and he had no problems with an earlier start date. She had also spoken to the athletic Director, Jane Montgomery, regardi .....
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Lanesboro parents and school contend with bullying

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

Over 30 concerned parents and community members packed into a small office in the Lanesboro Public School Thursday, June 18 to share their opinions and worries on the topic of bullying. Although there were many other items on the agenda for the scho ..... 
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Kingsland School Board

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board meeting started off on a very positive note as a major contribution from the Kingsland Booster Club was made. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl accepted the check of $20,000 from Booster Club member, Steve Tammel. Strosahl th ..... 
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Unexpected news at R-P School Board Meeting

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

While the majority of the Monday, June 15, meeting was coupled with a casual atmosphere and moments of laughter, as to be expected at the end of a school year, there was also a surprising turn of events.

After a closed meeting to evaluate el ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses project funding

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board decided to go ahead with a large and much-needed project at the Middle School at their May 26 meeting. Aaron Hess from A&F Consulting spoke to the board about the HVAC project and the air quality study that was rece ..... 
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Frustration and pride for R-P School Board

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

In a topic that was also recently present on the city council agenda, R-P Community Education director Beth Thede presented comments on the city's suggestion that Community Education absorb the summer ball schedule. The program has always been run b ..... 
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Lanesboro accepts Fillmore Central dissolution of contract for cooperative Cross Country program

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

On May 31, Lanesboro will celebrate 31 graduates. The community will be busy with parties and open houses to honor these successful young people. The teachers and school administrators get invited to share in much of the celebration after knowing so ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves budget cuts

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School board approved budget cuts for 2009 totaling $224,485 during their meeting on April 28. The budget committee had been working together to come up with a way to trim the budget five percent in anticipation of a cut in thei ..... 
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$280,000 cut from Kingsland budget

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Education



"If we cut 280 thousand dollars more from the budget, this won't look like a school!"

Such was the comment of School Board member Kristin Beck at Monday's Kingsland School Board meeting during discussions surrounding the budget for n ..... 
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