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Lanesboro School finishes fiscal year with strong financial performance


Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Education

LANESBORO - "This is a fun district to audit, because it has strong fund balances," CPA Pam Ristau told the Lanesboro School Board at their Thursday, November 15 meeting.

Ristau presented the district's audited financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2007.

Highlights for the year, included:

• The General Fund undesignated fund balance increased by $340,694.

• The overall general fund increased by $260,620.

• Net assets increased by $573,035 with the purchase of two school buses and one van, as well as the purchase of property.

• District revenues were $4,108,303 verses expenses of $3,814,857.

Ristau commented that the district's undesignated fund balance of $3,159,075 might be considered high by the Minnesota Department of Education, but it is balanced against paying off future debt. The debt includes bonds valued at $2,910,000.

Ristau praised the district for its strong financial performance.

MCA Testing

High School Principal Brett Clark updated the board on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment testing. Clarke said that the MCA tests are administered in reading and math to third through eighth graders; a writing test to ninth graders; a reading test to tenth graders; and a math test to eleventh graders.

Clarke said that at the elementary level, scores are above average in reading and math. He said that scores at the high school are above average in reading, but fall off in math (only 25% of students earned proficient scores on the math test). Clarke believes that this is due in part to the lack of motivation at the high school level as scores do not have individual consequence. Next year, reading and math scores will be part of the graduation standards and he expects overall performance to improve.

Clarke said that the district does use scores to drive curriculum. He cited the Aims-Web testing program, used in conjunction with the Hiawatha Education District, which will be administered three times a year at the elementary level to identify problem areas. Remediation can then be provided as is necessary.

Other Business

• Approved winter sports contracts - Girls Basketball: Terry Highum, head coach; J.B. Mathison, assistant coach; Cody Hungerholt, junior high. Boys Basketball: John Smith, head coach; Chris Hanson, assistant coach; Justin Rein and Mike Wilford, junior high.

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Fillmore Central board looks into coach hirings

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2007
Posted in Education

HARMONY - The topic of who is going to coach winter sports at Fillmore Central, as well as the process by which the coaches are chosen, was a matter of long discussion at the regular school board meeting on Monday, October 29.

Athletic Direc ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Board weighs $25-million new building and renovation plan

Fri, Oct 26th, 2007
Posted in Education

Rushford-Peterson school superintendent Chuck Ehler outlined a referendum proposal to fund a $25-million school building and renovation project at a special meeting of the R-P school board last Wednesday, October 24.

"Tonight," said Ehler to ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Superintendent to pursue funding for new school

Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - "There's no time like the present" is Rushford-Peterson superintendent Chuck Ehler's attitude toward his suggestion that the district attempt to work with local legislators to develop a special financial package for the building of a new ..... 
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Kingsland School Board: Curriculum changes planned for mathematics

Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - The Kingsland School Board met at the Middle School in Wykoff on Monday night, Oct. 15. It was a full agenda with the board taking action on a number of issues.

Principal Jim Heckimovich addressed the board and explained the outcom ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Board hears preliminary audit report

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann met with the district auditors recently to discuss the auditing process for the 2006-2007 school year. Luehmann shared the information she received with the school board in a preliminary audit report at ..... 
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Lanesboro School sets levy

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board, meeting on Thursday, September 20, set the proposed levy for 2008 at $494,472, a decrease of 2.39 percent from 2007's levy amount of $506,629.

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Kingsland sets 2008 levy

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - The Kingsland School Board met in regular session on September 17. Among the items taken action on was certifying the Proposed Property Tax Levy for payable 2008. The proposed maximum levy will be $2,104,864.22 as compared with the actual f ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: What the flood revealed

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - In an ironic twist, the recent flood has revealed some likely sources for air quality issues that have long been a concern at R-P schools.

Following the September 17 regular board meeting, superintendent Chuck Ehler took several b ..... 
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