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Senator addresses R-P School Board


Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Education

Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes was present at the Monday, September 21st, meeting to provide the board with a legislative update. Her message reiterated the current economic status, but it also held some hope in regards to the new school initiative and the recent legislative bonding tour.

In regards to the economy, Ropes opened by acknowledging recent news, "The plummeting and downward spiral has turned. Still, it will likely be a couple of years until Minnesota feels the full effect. People aren't working (contributing to a drop in income tax revenue) and people aren't spending (the same effect on sales tax revenue). There's a $7 billion hole, a predicted deficit, waiting. We're in the eighth year of eight (in the governor's term) and I can't imagine he'll change his strategy." Laying it on the line, she continued, "It's not good news, but realistic news. I want to be honest, not sugar-coat it, so you can make the most of what you have."

The conversation turned to the Legislative Bonding Tour of the district in early September. Superintendent Chuck Ehler noted how gratifying it was to have so many legislators taking a look at the situation first-hand. Coming right out of the chute, those in attendance wanted to know why the district should be the recipient. Ehler's contention was that the impact of a natural disaster was out of everyone's control.

Ropes encouraged the council saying, "You've made the case to me ten times over and I'm in your corner. It's key when you get your legislators down here on site. They're looking at a stack of projects, but I'm hoping this will heighten the urgency."

Chairman John Nitecki also indicated that he felt the tour was positive with several senators speaking to him on a one on one basis. "There's a perceived value that we need to do something. The question of 'Would you send your child or grandchild to this school?' really hit home. It's good that they could put a face with a name and see why we're speaking as loudly as we are."

Councilor Dan Munson, who was in a different group than Ehler and Nitecki, commented that he felt it was not quite as positive. "They (including Representative Greg Davids) said, 'I know you don't want to hear this, but you need to try a few referendums.' I feel it's irresponsible to ask our taxpayers." The district did attempt a new school referendum in 2002, only to be defeated by over 80 percent of the vote.

Citing the cost to prepare such a ref .....
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Chatfield discusses salaries

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, September 21, in the new elementary school media center. All members were present.

Following the approval of the agenda and the accounts, Ms. Patricia Solum, a high school English teacher at Chatfiel ..... 
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Kingsland School Board certified 2010 tax levy

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Education

LEVY CERTIFIED

The Kingsland School Board certified the tax levy for 2010 on Tuesday night. The tax levy is $1,867,654.08 which is a 2.04% increase over the current levy of $1,830,372.15. This year, in an effort to save money, there will not ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves Boggs' tax and levy proposal

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th. One board member was absent.

New Business

The board approved August bills, financial statement ..... 
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How was the Fillmore Central early start?

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

Over the summer, the Fillmore Central School Board approved a major change to the school calendar for the 2009-2010 year. Due to a major project being done at the middle school, Superintendent and K-8 Principal Myrna Luehmann recommended starting th ..... 
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R-P School Board determines referendum amount

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Education

In a nearly vacant room, with the exception of two members of the media and one district teacher, the Rushford-Peterson School Board came together in a special meeting to discuss and determine the fate of a new operating levy on Monday, August 31st. ..... 
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FCHS marching band playing at the first home football game

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Education

Don't miss your chance to see the 2009 FCHS Marching Band in action at the first home football game on Friday, Sept. 11th! The 82-member marching band will perform the first selection from their fall show, entitled, "ROCK REWIND." Selections include ..... 
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Fillmore Central improves AYP status

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann told the school board on August 25 that the district made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) based on testing done last spring.

Fillmore Central did not make AYP last year and was put on an improvem ..... 
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Kingsland discusses i4Knights

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Education

There was a good crowd at the August 25, 2009, Kingsland Board Meeting and at the workshop preceding the meeting.

After over an hour of discussion on facilities and i4Knights the board sat back and discussed the issues that were brought for ..... 
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