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Lanesboro School Board approves hiring of math teacher to improve MCA test scores


Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board met Thursday, August 20 to finalize and clarify some last-minute details before classes resume on September 8.

The issue of fall sports was heavy on the agenda this week. The board approved the coaches for the cross-country team, as well as the volleyball and football teams. There will be three secondary coaches for the varsity football team-which has 36 members. The three secondary coaches will split the contract. Superintendent Jeff Boggs also discussed the sports practice policies with the school. Currently, coaches make their own policies-which often includes students who miss practice having to sit out a game. Many parents are unhappy with the current set-up, saying students who are missing for doctor's appointments or state fair participation shouldn't be punished. The board agreed the best route to go down was opening up more communication between the athletic director, coaches, and parents.

The board also approved the decision to split the incoming kindergarten class into two sections. There are 30 students total, including students with greater needs. It was decided it was to everyone's advantage to ask Krissy Overland to teach Kindergarten for one more year.

The board addressed the school's faltering math scores. While much of the recent statewide test scores showed the Lanesboro school as average or above, the high school junior's math scores were far below average. To help bring the math level of students up-to-par, the board approved the hiring of an additional math teacher. Said Superintendent Boggs, "We need more math this next year than in the past...increasing the amount of math that most students get." The board is hoping that the addition of another math teacher will extend to both ends of the spectrum, with excelling students eventually being able to take more difficult math classes as well. The school has already have many applicants, and have begun the interview process.

Also approved was Holly Clarke's request for maternity leave (The baby was born August 3. Her leave will be from Sept. 8 through Nov. 2.) and Linda Kingsbury's resignation (which was accepted with appreciation from the school board.)

The board discussed the possibility of adding video cameras to the school. They weighed the potential pros and cons, but ultimately decided to create a subgroup with Principal Clarke and board members Sara Decker and Linda Sifford. Although no exact time limit has been s .....
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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 ..... 
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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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