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Kingsland School Board faced with some challenging decisions


Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Education

The agenda for the meeting of the Kingsland School Board was short to begin with, and as it ended up, the board didn't get through item 1.

The first item on the agenda was the Election of Board Officers. The current Board Chair, Mitch Lenz, conducted the election. Normally this annual event goes smoothly and without controversy, but at this meeting members were unable to agree on a board chair. Nominations were made in the names of Mike Zimmer and the current Board Chair, Mitch Lenz. When the votes were taken for each candidate, it was a tie. Those voting for Mike Zimmer were Al Williams and Christine Beck and Zimmer. Those voting for Mitch Lenz were Deb Dahl and Peggy Merkel, and Lenz.

Lenz said that in 15 years he has never before seen anything like this happen. In two separate votes conducted by Lenz the vote was the same. Tied.

Board member Christine Beck said she voted for Zimmer because she feels the board needs new blood in that position. Al Williams also indicated that he felt there needs to be someone new in the chair position. Peggy Merkel shook her head and said, "This is not good boys and girls!"

The inability to elect a chair left the board in the position that no further business could be conducted. Zimmer commented that he had spoken to Lenz and he (Zimmer) had been told that Mitch Lenz was not going to be running for school board in the next election. "I believe it would be good for me to be the new chairman so I can learn from Mitch before he (Lenz) goes off the board," said Zimmer.

Lenz countered by saying, "I'll be the chair as long as the board wants me to be," and confirmed that he was not planning on running in the next election this year.

Zimmer had an idea: "let's flip for it" as many elections are determined this way. The board didn't agree that this would be an acceptable solution to the deadlock.

The meeting continued with comments from Lenz as to the importance of the board chair position and whoever is elected to that post from the board must understand all the various duties and functions that are required. Zimmer agreed, "That's why I think it is necessary to have a new chair this year before the experience Lenz has acquired is lost after he leaves."

The situation was lessened after Superintendent Strosahl suggested the Minnesota School Board Association be contacted to determine what needs to be done to break the twice tried, twice failed election of a boa .....
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Chatfield School Board endorses transfer of Potter Auditorium over to EDA

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board held its regular monthly meeting on December 21st, 2009. All of the board members and approximately fifteen community members were present. Holiday refreshments were served to those present to accompany the "Truth in Taxat ..... 
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R-P races to the top

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

Both the board and the administration were in a light-hearted, jolly mood at the Monday, December 21 meeting. No doubt it had just as much to do with the rapid forward paces the district has been making as it does the holiday season. The short meeti ..... 
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Kingsland school board holds truth in taxation meeting, certifies final property tax levy

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday, December 21, at the Kingsland High School District Conference Room. All members were present. The agenda was approved with two additions.

Public Thank Yous

Superintenden ..... 
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Fillmore Central holds special meeting

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on December 21 with the intent of getting input from the public on a few issues. On the agenda were major topics of discussion, including making large cuts in the budget and possibly restructu ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board takes action on items discussed at special meeting

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

The night after their special meeting was held to discuss restructuring their administration, the Fillmore Central School Board made some decisions that will mean changes at the school. They are also looking to the future at other possible changes t ..... 
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Kingsland school board holds truth in taxation meeting, certifies final property tax levy

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education



The Kingsland School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday, December 21, at the Kingsland High School District Conference Room. All members were present. The agenda was approved with two additions.

Public Thank Yous

Super ..... 
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FCHS students to Wartburg College Meistersinger Honor Band

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

Congratulations to the following FCHS band students on being selected to the prestigious Wartburg College Meistersinger Honor Band in Waverly, IA, on

February 6 and 7th:

Senior Band (10-12th grade)

Andrea Nolan

Logan Whit ..... 
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Fillmore Central nominates students for ExCEL award

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central High School has nominated Katie Ristau and Drew Bahl for the ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) award.

Sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League, ExCEL is a unique recognition program design ..... 
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