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Chatfield continues to prepare for opening of new school


Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield school board met August 17 to deal with last-minute issues before the school year begins. This includes the approval of various policies-including school attendance, school standards, and district testing plans (all things that need to be re-evaluated yearly.) Also addressed were building and remodeling issues and updates of the school,

In the "District Patron time" portion of the meeting, Ben Halvorson-a Chatfield resident-spoke out against the school's plans to put a parking lot on Burr Oak St., which is near his home's driveway. The school has already removed the playground equipment (which school board member Matt McMahon later said was no longer safe enough for the children to play on), as well as reduced much of the area's green space. Halvorson believes the addition of the parking lot will take away the remaining area of the neighborhood children's play space, as well as creating a dangerous blind spot for drivers. The board responded that the city told them where to put the parking lot, and they would re-discuss it with representatives from the city in the near future.

Next, the board recognized two members of the school's FFA chapter-Tyler Steinbrink and Jordan Hanson--for their stellar achievements. The two members both placed among the ten national winners for the Ag. Entrepreneurship award. The prestigious honor includes $1000 for each winner, a $500 check per winner for the school (to go towards the funding of agriculture entrepreneurship programs), and a plaque presented at an award ceremony attended by over 50,000 people. Then each of the winners spoke in front of the board. Tyler Steinbrink is raising 124 grass fed cattle, taking over the duty from his parents. He buys them in February, and sells them in September. Jordan Hanson raises horses, and sold 50-60 this spring.

Superintendent Don Hainlen then discussed his earlier meeting with Senator Franken. He, along with other superintendents and a college professor from the area, met with the Senator to discuss the problems with the No Child Left Behind act. He said that the problems included one sub-group in the school bringing the entire school's marks down, and the issue that every state has its own set of standards, making comparisons among the states impossible.

Next on the agenda, the board approved the resignation of high school nurse Kim Westphal, as well as the posting for a new high school nurse. They also received updates on the bu .....
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R-P School Board seeks continuity in prepareation for referendum

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Education

At the Monday, August 17th meeting, the board diligently sought to find a clear, collective strategy in the goal for a new or improved operating levy referendum. The current levy, which was adopted in 2002 in the amount of $840 per pupil, is set to ..... 
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Graduating seniors fair well in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

In Fillmore County, the communities have always been very supportive of their schools and the students who graduate from them. Businesses, organizations, and individuals pull together to help these kids be successful in life by giving them some mone ..... 
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Chatfield school finances looking good

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board meeting was held July 20 in the high school media center. The first item of business involved four Chatfield Girl Scout students-ninth graders Merissa Wellman, Kayla Nelson, Danielle Felstead, and Shoshana Kosnopfal. The f ..... 
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Fillmore Central teacher pay freeze?

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

At a short meeting on July 28, the Fillmore Central School Board adopted some new policies and made some changes to others. They also approved some changes to the Root River Program handbook, as well as the High School handbook.

Superintende ..... 
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Kingsland, Fillmore Central, Chatfield above average

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

In the July 20 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, I dissected the 2009 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test scores for mathematics and reading for all six Fillmore County area school districts.

From that information, sorted and f ..... 
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"Time is of the essence" for R-P School Board

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

A bump in the road to finding a new principal for the district was one of the key topics at the Monday, July 20th, meeting. The district has attempted to be ultra-proactive in both finding the person best suited for the district opening and in utili ..... 
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Strosahl discusses Kingsland's future

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

It was one of the longer school board meetings on Monday night as board members for the Kingsland School District waded through the monthly bills and other housekeeping chores.

High on the list of discussion was a presentation by Superintend ..... 
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How is your school performing?

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Since 2006, the Minnesota Department of Education has administered the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for students, teachers and administrators to identify areas of proficiency along with opportunities for improvement.

With th ..... 
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