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Rushford-Peterson approves public hearing


Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Education

Industrial Technology teacher Mark Winkels, who was placed on unrequested leave by the board on April 29th, has requested a public hearing regarding his position. The board has been working since the special meeting to determine what courses Winkels would be eligible to teach based on his seniority. Several issues including financial strain, low class enrollment, and a projected drop in district enrollment numbers have led to the recent staffing changes which included the termination of four positions and the unrequested leave of Winkels. While a specific date hasn't been set, the board has approved the hearing.

In yet another persistent issue, the rapidly aging elementary and high school facility, the district is still looking for feasible options in regards to the New School Initiative. Looking to determine how serious the district is with potentially moving forward with constructing an elementary building alone, Gary Benson of ICS Consulting, Inc. has presented the district with some preliminary cost figures.

A first-phase, elementary-only facility would likely run the district an estimated $12 million. The 68,000 square-foot plan assume today's construction market, and are for building construction, site work, design fees, permits, furnishings, testing, and other costs related to construction. Gary Olson of Ehler's Associates is working on a potential tax impact statement using the number as a guide. The use of Qualified School Construction Bonds, in the amount of $5 million will be factored into tax impact predictions.

In lighter news, the district has announced its 2010 Summer Meal Program. During the course of the summer, all children ages birth to 18, regardless of family income level, will be able to eat free breakfasts and lunches at school. The meals will be available Monday through Friday during designated serving times, with the exception of July 5 or the week of August 2-6. Adults may also take part in these meals, but for a small fee of $2.25 (breakfast) and $3.40 (lunch). Adults are encouraged to join their children for meals when possible.

Congratulations to:

• The Envirothon Teams for their success at the Area VII Competition. The two teams finished in first and second place and will advance to the Minnesota State Envirothon.

• FFA Members for competing at the 2010 MN State FFA Convention: Phillip Nitecki, Landon Feine, and Ashley Tschumper (Nursery Landscape); Danielle Christian, .....
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Chatfield School Board discusses Potter Center for the arts

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Education

Potter Center for the Arts, state funding, and a proposed walking path were all topics of discussion at the Chatfield School Board's meeting on May 17, 2010. All members except F. Mike Tuohy were present. Two students and adults representing the Cha ..... 
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Rushford Peterson school board proceeds with cuts

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Education

A room full of determined parents and students. A stopwatch displayed on an overhead projection screen. At hand, the fate of five R-P staff members.

While this could have made for a tense gathering, the special meeting on Thursday, April 29t ..... 
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Education Minnesota urges governor to sign bill saving schools hundreds of millions of dollars

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Education

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 7, 2010 - A bill that would save Minnesota schools hundreds of millions of dollars while improving health insurance for thousands of school employees now awaits Gov. Tim Pawlenty's signature. The bill, which creates a statewide h ..... 
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Harmony American Legion Auxiliary announces Girls State

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Harmony American Legion Auxiliary is proud to announce that Nashia Soland has been chosen to represent Harmony at the 64th annual Girls State program to be held June 13-19, 2010, at Bethel College in St. Paul. Soland is the daughter of LuVerne a ..... 
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Lanesboro High School student receives University of Minnesota Science Achievement Award

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Education

Dana Sautter, a student at Lanesboro High School, has received a Science Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). In addition to the award, Sautter also received a $200 ..... 
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AgStar Offers Grant to Support Ag Education in High Schools

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

MANKATO, Minn. (May 4, 2010) - AgStar Financial Services' Fund for Rural America, a corporate-giving program, is proud to once again offer a grant supporting equipment for agriculture classrooms. The AgStar Fund has approved $50,000 for this program ..... 
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YOUNG WRITERS TO MEET

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Hiawatha Valley Education District will host the annual "Young Writers' Conference" on May 13th and 14th, 2010 at Winona State University. There are over 1,000 students from grades 3-8 registered from the following schools: Arcadia, Caledonia, Ch ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board gives final approval

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board gave the final approval for many changes, additions and reductions in programs and staffing for the 2010-2011 school year. With the move of the seventh and eighth graders to the high school, as well as the needed bu ..... 
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