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R-P Superintendent gives "generosity" report


Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - "We continue to be impressed and thankful for the generosity people have shown to our school and community," said Superintendent Chuck Ehler at the regular meeting of the R-P school board, December 17. "It's overwhelming."

Ehler's comments came with a written "Generosity Management" report that he presented to the board.

The community of Rushford has been the recipient of various donations since the August flood, but as the Christmas season arrived, more and more donations poured in, particularly for children.

The report shows that many donations are from local groups. For example, La Crescent Elementary School donated new snowpants and boots to children whose homes and belongings were affected by the flood.

Numerous local groups participated in Project Santa on December 15 that distributed Christmas gifts to be given to 360 children.

Byron Elementary School donated complete turkey dinners to 30 local families during the week of Thanksgiving.

Lille By Preschool was the recipient of books, teacher resources and money from the Rainbow School in Rochester, while 80 bicycles arrived from Alexandria, Minnesota, to be distributed next spring.

Girl Scouts from Austin and Kasson donated to and participated in the annual Santa's Workshop. So did the Winona Community Foundation by providing 300 new books to flood-affected children.

But national companies have responded to needs in Rushford, too. Three hundred ninety-one pairs of Nike shoes were delivered to all students in grades 5-12 on December 20. The students had all been measured for shoes by the Nike company earlier in the month to insure accuracy of sizes.

The Aeropostle clothing company delivered 300 "high-end quality" teddy bears to elementary students, according to principal Joel Hovland.

And speaking of gratitude, the board learned that teacher negotiations concluded with the faculty ratifying the proposed contract the previous Friday. Unlike last year where the district was assessed a fine by the state for missing the January 15 settlement deadline, the district was well within the specified time this year.

With a long history in education, Ehler has been involved with negotiations before, but never as a superintendent.

"I appreciated the cordial atmosphere and express my gratitude to Tom and Judy Vix and Jim Reinhardt (faculty representatives)," Ehler said. "We were able to have open dialogue, an .....
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Kingsland receives donations

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board met Monday night December 17 and heard reports on several issues. The Christmas spirit was evident as it was announced that several donations have been made to the district by local residents.

A special memorial s ..... 
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Water damages books at Fillmore Central High School

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

HARMONY - Fillmore Central High School Principal, Heath Olstad told the school board at their December 17 meeting that over 300 books were lost due to water damage when a sink overflowed in a second floor science room and leaked into the first floor ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board certifies levy

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

LANESBORO - The Lanesboro School Board held their last meeting of calendar year 2007 on Thursday, December 20, 2007. At the meeting, the board certified the education levy for taxes payable in 2008 at $494,472. The amount was for the maximum allowab ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Parents can now go online to monitor child's progress

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Education

Parents can now go online to the Fillmore Central website to check their child's academic progress at school, Principal Heath Olstad told the school board at their November 26 meeting. Parents, with use of their password, can only access their own c ..... 
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R-P takes another step in exploring new facility

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - The R-P school board took another step on their path to exploring special funding for new school facilities by approving the hiring of ICS Consulting of Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, for architectural services.

"I want to be clear ..... 
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Kingsland addition on schedule

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - Pat Simpkins of the DLR group briefed the Kingsland school board members on the progress of the new addition to Kingsland High School at the Nov. 19 meeting. He said that in the last few weeks great progress has been made and that workers a ..... 
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Lanesboro School finishes fiscal year with strong financial performance

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Education

LANESBORO - "This is a fun district to audit, because it has strong fund balances," CPA Pam Ristau told the Lanesboro School Board at their Thursday, November 15 meeting.

Ristau presented the district's audited financial statements for the ..... 
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Fillmore Central board looks into coach hirings

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2007
Posted in Education

HARMONY - The topic of who is going to coach winter sports at Fillmore Central, as well as the process by which the coaches are chosen, was a matter of long discussion at the regular school board meeting on Monday, October 29.

Athletic Direc ..... 
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