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Rushford-Peterson studies district goals


Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - Darwin Viker of Larson Allen Weishair gave his annual auditor's report to the Rushford-Peterson school board prior to their monthly meeting last Monday.

Not surprisingly, Viker recommends caution in spending over the next several years.

Board chair John Nitecki responded to the report by admitting he's felt "nervous" over the school's budget the past several years, but that he wanted to say "hats off to the administration" for having "walked a fine line" between conservation and responsible spending in the district. The administration "made sure our district is stable," praised Nitecki.

Within minutes of the compliment, superintendent Chuck Ehler had to report an unexpected expenditure to the board. One of the district's water heaters suddenly failed, which will cost $10,000-$12,000 to replace, according to Ehler.

The high price is because the natural gas heater had previously been plumbed into the boiler system, which is no longer allowed, Ehler said.

High school principal Shane McBroom reported that he'd recently become certified to teach a college concurrent enrollment course at R-P in the area of business marketing. The course offers students college credit through Minnesota State College, Southeastern Technical school.

Ehler reported the hiring of Michelle Malone as food service and special education classroom paraprofessional. Malone replaces Lynn Hinz who resigned prior to the school year's start.

In an effort to revise and update district goals, administration recently conducted a staff survey to determine which goals were deemed most important. The goals came from a list created by the board and community members during the superintendent hiring process a year and a half ago.

Receiving the most support from staff was Goal 3: Enhancing curriculum to meet the educational needs of all Rushford-Peterson students. Specifically, staff members mentioned "improving technology opportunities for students, creating a comprehensive school, reviewing the schedules of all three levels, and enriching curriculum opportunities," according to a written report presented by McBroom.

Second most noted goal was Goal 1: Increasing and improving communication with all people residing in our district. Here, staff members mentioned "Online student information" (grades, lunch accounts, etc.) as well as "better communication between administration, staff, and the community."

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Kingsland board challenged on jersey issue

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - The Public Comment period of the Monday, October 20 Kingsland School Board meeting period brought forward concerns from family and friends of the retirement of the football jersey number 28 previously worn by Dustin Atwood before his tragic ..... 
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FC Knowledge Bowl teams known for "kicking brain"

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Education

Not every team at Fillmore Central has to deal with wild fans and sweaty gym bags; the Fillmore Central Knowledge Bowl teams don't need much to succeed in "kicking brain".

Knowledge Bowl is a trivia competition where three teams of five comp ..... 
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Fillmore Central gives preliminary go ahead to bond for retiree benefits

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Education

Jim Schmidt from Springsted spoke to the Fillmore Central School Board at their Tuesday, September 23 meeting, about bonding for Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB). State legislation allows for school districts to bond to pay for retiree benefits ..... 
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Lanesboro School makes plans to improve math scores

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

School is in session and it would appear all is running smoothly because the Lanesboro School Board met with a short and efficient agenda on September 18th.

The annual report on curriculum, instruction and student performance was discussed. ..... 
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R-P board approves levy increase of 9 percent

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

Rushford - The Rushford-Peterson school board approved a levy increase for 2008, payable 2009, of 9% or approximately $72,000.

The increase comes about through increases in general expenses and community education, according to superintenden ..... 
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Kingsland School Board discusses 2009 levy

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board met on the evening of Thursday September 11 and took several agenda items under advisement.

The main item was the Board certifying the Proposed Property

Tax Levy for Payable 2009. The actual dollar amount ..... 
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Fillmore Central to study using bonds to pay retiree benefits

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Education

HARMONY - With the 2008-09 school year just a week away, the Fillmore Central School Board met on Tuesday, August 26, in the high school media center to finalize last minute plans for the upcoming school year.

OPEB Bonding

The 2008 M ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson joins Minnesota Schools Food Buy Group

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - At its monthly meeting last Monday, August 25, the Rushford-Peterson School Board approved Superintendent Chuck Ehler's recommendation that the district join a food buying co-op, the Minnesota Schools Food Buy Group, as the most recent co ..... 
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