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Security at Fillmore County Schools


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in All Education

The tragedy of Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14 resulting in twenty children and six Sandy Hook Elementary staff members dead has had a rippling effect across the United States, including Fillmore County. The recent sorrowful event in that community has with no doubt stirred concerns among students, their parents, community members, and school administrators and employees. In light of this unsettling situation, school districts are looking at their emergency plans and making sure they meet the priority of keeping children safe while they are receiving their educations. Each school district in Fillmore County has its own plan in case emergencies arise ranging from fire evacuations, tornado and severe weather sheltering, and more recently brought to our attention—lockdown procedures. All of these plans help the local districts of Fillmore County uphold the priority of keeping children safe.

Although crisis management policies and procedures among school districts vary slightly, all have the same goal of security for the children and employees who attend Fillmore County’s learning facilities. Minnesota state law requires a minimum of five lockdown drills every school year in addition to five fire drills and one school-wide tornado drill. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, lockdown procedures are used in “situations where harm may result to persons in the school building, such as a shooting, a hostage incident, an intruder, trespass, disturbance, or when determined to be necessary by the building administrator or his or her designee.”

As learning and education continue, school administrators try to reassure parents that their children are safe in the faculty’s care. Here is a look at what steps Fillmore County Schools have taken to assure safety.

Chatfield

The Chatfield School District has the advantage of a technology-based door locking system. The building can be completely locked down with the push of a button. Within the elementary at any sign of alarm, exterior doors are locked and interior doors at each wing of the building are locked. Chatfield Superintendent Ed Harris stated that he feels the district is as prepared as anyone can be as far as having secure facilities and trained staff members. Harris also mentioned that the Chatfield Police Department is also an advantage. The district has worked closely with law enforcement and the police department knows .....
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R-P approaches city prior to referendum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Likely the biggest topic in the community in recent days, R-P district superintendent Chuck Ehler and board representative Greg Smith addressed the city council this past Monday about the upcoming December 19 referendum vote. Along with a presentati ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson informational meeting

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools will be holding an Informational Meeting regarding the upcoming Referendum for New EC-5th Grade Building for Business Owners on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Stumpy’s Banquet Room (basement ..... 
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Fillmore Central sells facility bonds for HVAC project

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Patty Heminover of Springsted financial advisors gave the Fillmore Central School Board some great news at their regular meeting on November 27. She informed the board that the alternative facilities bonds were sold at a competitive ..... 
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FC Club isn’t “camera shy”

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

Students at Fillmore Central High School have an opportunity that most kids in the area do not, and that is the opportunity to learn more about photography, share their pictures with others, and explore their interest by joining the Photography Club ..... 
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Chatfield School Board hears good news from audit report

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, November 19 with all members present at this regular monthly meeting. In addition to those who normally report to the board, auditor Alan Anderson was also present to present the 2011 ..... 
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Kingsland School Board receives National Certification

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland School Board held its regular school board meeting on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was held in the Kingsland school cafeteria, as a larger crowd than normal was expected to attend. Following the reg ..... 
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Kingsland School Board receives National Certification

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland School Board held its regular school board meeting on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was held in the Kingsland school cafeteria, as a larger crowd than normal was expected to attend. Following the reg ..... 
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Kingsland Schools to receive Project Lead the Way national certification

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Kingsland Public School will receive national certification for their Project Lead The Way Engineering and Biomedical Programs. Kingsland Middle School/Junior High will receive national recognition for the Gateway To Technology (GTT) Program it has ..... 
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