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R-P's test scores rise in reading and math


Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson district made "notable improvement" in its pass rate in both reading and math scores on this year's MCA II tests, according to a report from the Hiawatha Valley Education District (HVED).

The report was presented by superintendent Chuck Ehler at last Monday's regular meeting of the R-P school board.

"I congratulate our students, parents, and staff for working together to obtain these positive results," Ehler said. "This is an extremely positive reflection on our school district."

The report, prepared by Dan Hyson, showed that while R-P scores in the past three years have hovered just at or below the state average, the scores for 2007-2008 jumped out ahead of the state average in both reading and math.

The state average remained relatively stable during that same period.

The report also compared the district to eleven other districts of comparable size (625-675 students) and found that R-P "also showed notable improvement from 2006 to 2008 in the percent of students passing the MCA-II in both reading and math when compared to districts of like size."

Only one other HVED district in the comparison, Wabasha-Kellogg, continues to show a slightly higher pass percent than R-P.

District scores in the area of Special Education did not have the same rise during that period and generally remain slightly below the state average.

"I do have some concerns in regard to our special education scores, and we began taking some corrective measures last spring," according to Ehler.

New Hires

The board approved a group of new additions to the faculty. Most recently hired were Shannon Kopperud for the additional section of 4th grade, and Dave Lind for 6th grade-both are area residents with long term connections to the district.

Also hired were Scott Hanson for K-12 art, previously teaching in the Kingsland and LeRoy-Ostrander districts, and Dawn Wilson Lubahn for agriculture, a 2006 graduate of University of Wisconsin, River Falls.

Jason Dahl has accepted a one-year position as head boys' basketball coach in the absence of Tom Vix who requested one year's leave. Dahl has taught 5th grade in the district for one year.

Chris Drinkall, a 2000 graduate of R-P and a stand-out athlete, has accepted the position of assistant boy's coach.

In a related issue, the board agreed to a Memo Of Understanding between the district and the faculty association to a .....
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Lanesboro School Board discusses bullying

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Education

There was much work done at the Lanesboro School Board's Thursday, July 17, meeting in preparation for the coming year.

The principals reported that a meeting had been held with parents concerned about bullying. Their concerns were heard and ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board makes changes to cell phone and other policies

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Education

HARMONY - Fillmore Central School Board members went over some changes in staffing, handbook policies, and prices for the 2008-2009 school year at their regular meeting on June 23.

High School Principal Heath Olstad discussed some of the cha ..... 
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R-P board deals with range of issues

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - A school year that started with a flood closed with a number of retirements in the Rushford-Peterson school district.

Most recently, at the June 16 meeting of the school board, the board accepted the resignation of long-time 6th g ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board fills teacher vacancies

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Education

On New Years we honor the old and welcome the new. So it was with the Lanesboro School Board at their June, 19, 2008 meeting as they looked toward the upcoming school year.

The board was proud to recognize the success of the boys track team ..... 
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R-P names McBroom new high school principal

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHOFRD - There will be a new principal at the helm of Rushford-Peterson High School. Shane McBroom of Chatfield was offered and accepted the principal position, it was announced at an R-P school board special meeting May 28.

McBroom replac ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board struggles with uncertainty over restructuring

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore County School Board tackled a long agenda at their nearly four hour meeting on May 27. Members grappled with changes to Superintendent Myrna Luehmann's job description. The blending of her job and that of the K-8 principal is ..... 
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R-P looks at ways to cut costs

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - With the word "recession" on everyone's mind, and record prices on goods like gasoline and groceries, school districts all over are looking for ways to tighten budgets that already have no wiggle room.

In his first year at R-P, Su ..... 
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Kingsland prepares for end of year, looks forward to new facility

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Education

"It takes a lot of boxes to move a school!!"

These were the words of Mitch Lentz, Chairman of the Kingsland Board of Education at their regular meeting on Thursday evening, May 22. Lentz was referring to the current building program of the ..... 
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