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A hopeful R-P hosts Senate Tour


Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

Aimed at furthering its New School Initiative another step, R-P played host to a contingent of the Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee December 15. Senators David Senjem, committee chair, Keith Langseth, Dan Sparks, Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austin, and Jeremy Miller, as well as Representative Greg Davids, toured the elementary/high school facility with district staff, board members Daniel Munson, John Nitecki, Beth Stanford, and six student ambassadors.

"The tour went as well as could be expected, as we were pressed for time," noted Superintendent Chuck Ehler. "I'm grateful to be a part of the tour, but in my frank opinion as to how it will impact our goal, I'm not too sure."

The district had missed the cut on a previous senate bonding tour, despite repeated pressure on the state regarding the need for a new school facility. Citing aging facilities that do not meet Accessible Design Apply per Americans with Disabilities Act standards, structural and environmental issues, excessive heating and maintenance costs, lack of space, and the lack of property valuation to support the cost incurred in building a new facility, the district's request is currently second on the agency's priority ranking.

R-P hopes to secure a Cooperative Facilities Grant for up to $20 million to partially fund a new Pre-K through grade 12 facility. A referendum in the amount of $8.9 million is expected to be put forth by the district to voters in 2012, if the legislature approves the grant funding.

Senator Miller also participated in a luncheon, targeting the New School Initiative, with district staff and board members Kathie Ingram, Roger Metz, and John Nitecki December 13. "It was a good meeting" said Ehler. "Senator Miller understands his role in presenting our story and the bill in the senate."

The district will continue working with ICS Consulting to develop the project and engage the community, architectural firm ATS&R to create preliminary plans, and RCS Consultant Peg Larson to assist with lobbying the legislature for funding.

In related news, the district has been notified that it is the recipient of a grant, in the amount of $6,995, to assist with a National Register evaluation, by the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation. The evaluation will support the repurposing of the historic 1906 and 1936 facilities.

The district continues its work with reducing the special education referral or assignment through its A .....
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Fillmore Central students learning with virtual reality

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board approved the final levy for 2012, which was the same as what was proposed this fall. The total levy is $1,621,231.60, which is a 5.54 percent increase from last year.

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Chatfield Schools hold Truth in Taxation meeting

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board completed its final 2011 agenda at the regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 19. During this regular meeting, the board held its public Truth in Taxation hearing.

The Truth in Taxation hearing was primarily l ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves levy and budget

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board approved the budget and levy for 2012 during their regular meeting on December 15. Superintendent Jeff Boggs went over the levy certification with the board and explained the different places the school's funds come from.[Read the Rest]

Chatfield School Board discusses passage of levy

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

At the monthly Chatfield school board meeting on November 21, 2011, a wide variety of topics were brought in front of the board. All board members were present at the meeting along with Superintendent Edward Harris and other school administrators. S ..... 
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Kingsland School District receives $15,000 Early Childhood Grant from SMIF

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Superintendent John McDonald announced that the Kingsland School district received a $15,000 early childhood grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) for pre-school, school-aged child care and kindergarten programs at the schoo ..... 
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R-P selects architectural firm and consultant

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Following a review process that included the school board, administration and the volunteer members of the Facilities Task Force, the district has decided to move its New School Initiative forward with the architectural firm of ATS&R, of Minneapolis ..... 
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Fillmore Central hears audit report for 2010-2011

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

At the regular board meeting on November 22, Fillmore Central received the audit report from Steve Salveson of Smith Schafer and Associates.

Salveson went over the revenues and expenditures for different areas of the budget from 2010-2011. ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board focuses on 2010-2011 audit report

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Lanesboro school board members met on November 22, 2011, for the monthly November meeting. The monthly meeting focused on the district's 2010-2011 audit report and a presentation by high school and elementary administrators regarding the district's ..... 
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