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Fillmore Central School Board District's 2007-08 budget forecast improves


Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore Central School Board, which has been dealing with budget issues lately, approved the revised budget for the 2007-2008 school year during their regular meeting on March 25.

Last June the board approved the proposed budget with an expected deficit of $250,000. But increases in revenue have heled soften the bottom line for the present fiscal year.

When asked if the revised budget still had a deficit, Superintendent Myrna Luehmann replied "probably not." She added that the general fund may even have a positive balance after federal special educaton funds and other money is received. There were a few other changes to the budget, including salaries and roof repair expenses and the receipt of insurance recovery money.

Luehmann also mentioned that due to decreased funding from the legislature, there will more than likely be more budget cuts in the future.

Media specialist Jill Eerdmans asked Luehmann if there was anything that could be done at the state level about the reduction in funds. Luehmann replied, "Contact your legislators." She explained the state has to balance their budget, and they have to figure out how they're going to do that. She believes that requests for an increased budget will fall on deaf ears at this time, which can make things difficult for schools, as the prices of things keep going up but the money they receive from the state gets lower.

"How can we keep doing more with less?" Luehmann asked. "The decisions become more difficult. We end up making decisions we don't want to make, and I think we are already there. We don't have a way to increase our funds. The only thing we have is what they give us."

PTC Meeting and

Community Input

The week before the meeting, board member Michelle Topness attended a Parent Teacher Committee (PTC) meeting to answer some questions about the budget decisions from parents and school staff members. Topness reported that the biggest concern she heard was about the breakdown of communication between the school board and the community. The faculty members believed they would have a say in the decisions about budget cuts. The PTC members also expressed a desire to see the agenda for meetings posted somewhere other than at the schools, such as on the web site.

Topness said that some people were upset about the decision to cut K-8 principal Brenda Lentz's job and have Luehmann take over principal duties along with her .....
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Kingsland looks at budget cuts

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - Superintendent Darrin Strosahl discussed the need for budget cuts for next year at the board's March 17 meeting. Strosahl and Mitch Lentz recently attended a meeting with state legislators who warned them that for the next two years no new ..... 
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Block scheduling eliminated at R-P Middle School

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - Next fall, block scheduling will be a thing of the past for Rushford-Peterson middle schoolers.

The idea of changing back to seven-period days has been in the works since late last summer, and the change was finalized last Monday ..... 
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Lanesboro School District gets ready for prom

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Education

It must be spring. The Lanesboro school board meeting on Thursday, March 20, was all about the upcoming prom on May 3rd.

So far, 12 adults from the community have agreed to chaperone the dance and one off duty police officer will be present ..... 
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Fillmore Central makes budget cuts

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting to decide on needed budget cuts on March 11.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said that the process started in November when faculty members were asked for their input on how t ..... 
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Kingsland building project on schedule

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board received several reports at their Thursday, February 21 meeting.

Building Project

The building project is on Schedule. Scott Sinclair representing the contractor said that concrete was poured on the last sl ..... 
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Lanesboro School District donates $1000 to Lakeview

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro school board, at their regular meeting on February 21, 2008, agreed to send a donation of $1,000 to the memorial fund that has been established on behalf of the children killed in the tragic school bus accident near Cottonwood on Tuesd ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board to require annual review of administrators

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board had some discussion at their regular meeting last Thursday, February 21 about the need to conduct annual reviews of the administration and the superintendent. The board members agreed that having an annual review pr ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School board deals withroutine matters

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - It was slim pickins' for new business at the R-P school board's regular meeting last Monday, February 11. But maybe that's a relief after a year that included a 500 year flood.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler reported that he and admin ..... 
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