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Fillmore Central approves 2010/2011 budget


Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann spoke to the school board recently about a referendum in the fall. Luehmann said the last levy, which was for an extra $400 per pupil unit, will be sunsetting this year. It was a ten-year levy, and even if they don't want to make any changes, the levy has to go to the voters. She recommended they ask to keep the levy as is for another ten years. She also recommended they form a committee to help with the decision as to what to ask for during the voting process.

Luehmann said they could ask for it to continue for another ten years, which will mean no changes to tax payers. They could also ask for an extra amount of money if desired. According to Luehmann, the maximum levy is for $1,567, so their $400 is "not exorbitant by any means." The average levy in Minnesota is for $995.

"We have tried really hard not to raise property taxes," said Luehmann.

The board needs to make a decision on what they will be asking for by July. A committee consisting of Jim Love, Sue Ostrom, and Craig Britton was formed, and they will report at the next meeting.

Operating Budget

The budget committee presented the operating budget for 2010-2011 to the board, and it was approved. Board member John Torgrimson said the expenditures were down, but the revenues were down as well. He also mentioned that the unreserved funds in the general fund are at 10 percent of the total expenditures. The auditor had said this was not bad, but recommended they shoot for 16 percent.

Torgrimson said they would be staying at ten percent. He added that it wasn't too bad, considering the fiscal climate and the fact that the school is down 25 students next year, which means a loss of $125,000.

"It's a fair budget given our circumstances," said Torgrimson. "We're not moving forward, but we're not moving backward, either."

Ag Course

High school ag/shop teacher Lisa Sackreiter presented a summer agriculture course to the board. according to state regulations, a student must have an ag course to be involved in FFA. Luehmann said this is not a new regulation, but one that has not been enforced before. Sackreiter said some of her students have a very full schedule and have a hard time getting an Ag class during the year. This summer traveling course would fill those requirements.

Sackreiter has been working on this plan with two other Ag teachers from Fillmore County. There are alrea .....
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International Exchange Students coming to Minnesota this Fall

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

A local Non Profit Exchange Program is inviting local Fillmore County families to host international exchange students for the 2010-2011 school year. The teenage students come from over 30 countries and attend local high schools. The students have t ..... 
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Chatfield School Board recognizes Lyman Hare

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

After fourteen "rewarding" years on the Chatfield School Board, Lyman Hare voted on school issues for the last time as a board member at the school board's regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 21, 2010. Board chairman Jerry Chase thanked Hare, no ..... 
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Bernard Bus Service fights for R-P contract

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

At the Monday, June 21st, school board meeting, Mike Bernard, owner of Bernard Bus Service, and attorney Joe Hammell spoke before the board, contesting the recent bidding process for the district's transportation needs. Ready Bus Line, of LaCrescent ..... 
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What qualifies for Health and Safety Program Revenue?

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Education

During the Lanesboro School Board meeting on June 17, there was some discussion about an application for Health and Safety Program Revenue. Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained that this application used to be called Attachment #99. The board approve ..... 
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$500 scholarship available for returning college students

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a scholarship for Fillmore County college students who are returning to school this fall. To be eligible students must be a returning college sophomore, junior or senior; must be pursuing ..... 
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Make a splash...read!

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

Ahoy Readers! Young people age 0 through 18 are encouraged to come in and "Dive into Books" at Preston Public Library this summer, June 7 - August 28. Readers may sign up anytime all summer long. Weekly prize drawings will reward readers along with ..... 
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Fillmore County Deputy Sheriff's Association awards scholarships

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore County Deputy Sheriff's Association awarded two $500.00 scholarships this year. The scholarship program was established by the association in 1998. Graduating high school students who are residents of Fillmore County and pursuing a care ..... 
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County wide bullying grant

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Family Resources was awarded a county wide violence prevention grant in 2008. The grant is a Problem Solving Partnership Grant from Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs. The primary goal of the grant is to increase sa ..... 
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