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Kingsland K-6 school year starts with two Pre-Assessment Days


Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

March 16, the Kingsland School Board met in regular session. In attendance were Doug Plaehn, Ann Oeltjen, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Deb Larson, and Superintendent John McDonald. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the consent agenda items.

Superintendent McDonald recognized and thanked several donors, including: NWTF Deer Creek Long Spurs ($150 Trap Team Donation), Custom Alarm ($150 to Youth Soccer Program), Ministerial Association (student clothing donation), Youth Basketball Coaches (Eric Mundfrom, Julie Warren, Toni Kolling, Anna Krahn), and American Legion ($100 Trap Team Donation). He also thanked staff of First Robotics.

In the Public Comments section of the meeting, Kari Grandahl addressed the board and asked them to consider increasing the music staff by adding a half-time position to alleviate the work overload that currently exists. She also suggested finalizing and announcing staff schedules sooner, so that staff can plan ahead for their workload.

In the Spotlight on Education section, five staff reported on PBIS at the high school, which was implemented four years ago. The program focuses on “Respectful, Responsible, and Productive” behavior by students.

Five staff spoke about the KHS reading program for 8th and 9th grade students, and reported significant improvement in overall reading comprehension. The program has been helping students learn the three learning styles (Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic) and discover which style works best for each student. Two staff also reported on reading comprehension progress in 5th grade.

Ann Oeltjen reported that the Teachers On Call system is now up and running, as of March 16. Troy Asher reported on Finance/Facilities, and Deb Larson reported on Policy/PR. Several administrators and staff submitted written reports, and Business Manager Todd Lechtenberg reported on the budget, summarizing that a revised budget for the current fiscal year has been approved. He said revenues and expenditures are below last year, but the main reason continues to be lower enrollment. He said the numbers now are “overall still tracking according to plan” and that he’ll work on ways to shrink the overall deficit budget.

Superintendent McDonald reported that Kingsland had an overall graduation rate in 2014 of 97.86%, which is well above the state’s guideline of at least 90%. He stated that currently .....
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Kingsland K-6 school year starts with two Pre-Assessment Days

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Education

March 16, the Kingsland School Board met in regular session. In attendance were Doug Plaehn, Ann Oeltjen, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Deb Larson, and Superintendent John McDonald. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of th ..... 
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Mabel-Canton to update school’s boiler system

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met for their regular meeting on March 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the February 17th, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved by the board with only one minor change. ..... 
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Mabel-Canton to update school’s boiler system

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met for their regular meeting on March 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the February 17th, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved by the board with only one minor change. ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Education

Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up meeting and visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. The Fillmore Central Elementary School will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation fo ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Education

Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up meeting and visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. The Fillmore Central Elementary School will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation fo ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up meeting and visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. The Fillmore Central Elementary School will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation fo ..... 
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Senator Miller and Senator Nelson meeting with Chatfield FFA

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

ST. PAUL – Senator Miller and Senator Nelson met with a group of students involved in Chatfield’s FFA program. Southeastern Minn. has a proud tradition of supporting our FFA organizations and they had a strong showing at the Capitol.

Doing things differently at Houston Schools?

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Education

The Houston school board held a meeting on March 3. Nearly half of the meeting was given to Houston high school principal Todd Lundberg as he discussed several ideas that resonated with him for doing things differently as far as education is concern ..... 
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