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Fillmore Central faces budget cuts


Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - The Fillmore Central School Board is faced with the difficult and unpleasant task of making cuts to the budget for 2008. At the regular meeting on Wednesday, January 30, the board decided to form an ad hoc committee to look at the numbers and get some more information before any final decisions are made.

As far as the amount of money needed to be cut from the total budget, Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said, "We need to get as close to $200,000 as we can."

Luehmann put together some numbers for the board to consider, which included possible staff retirements, the cost of the current staffing and programs, as well as possible changes to the budget if the school were to move the seventh and eighth grades to the high school. If the decision to go with a 7-12 high school were made, the elementary would be K-6, and there would be no middle school. The school could potentially save money by eliminating some duplication in class offerings. Luehmann also figured in what the budget would be like if things remained the same, and the enrollment projections for the next couple of years.

Class sizes have been going down gradually every year. The graduating classes have been around 60-65 students, but the number of students coming into kindergarten is around 35-40. Currently, the district receives $5,074 per pupil unit from the state, and Luehmann said the money is not covering the cost of educating the students. More students are choosing open enrollment out of the district than into the district. The district expects $100,000 less revenue in 2008.

K-8 Principal Brenda Lentz presented some ideas for making cuts at the elementary and middle schools as far as teaching staff and moving some programs around. Many teachers were present at the meeting, and many had already given some suggestions and input at a meeting on Monday night.

High School Principal Heath Olstad mentioned that if they were to change to 7-12, the seventh and eighth graders would have more options as far as elective classes that they are not offered now. The extra students would also strengthen some traditional programs, such as agriculture and small engines.

Board member Deb Ristau said she wasn't sure it was a strong enough reason to move the middle school program, and would like to look at making other cuts before making such a drastic change.

Board member John Torgrimson stated that there could be some negative repercussions to ch .....
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R-P moves closer to asking for new school

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - The Rushford-Peterson school board unanimously approved a 20-page letter to Commissioner of Education, Alice Seagren, prepared on behalf of the district by ICS Consulting, Inc, of Spring Lake Park.

The document outlines a "skeleto ..... 
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Kingsland receives several gifts

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - It was a very positive meeting of the Kingsland School Board. It started off with several donations to the School District from members of the public. Sam's Club donated $1,000, the Fountain Fire Department gave another donation of $1,000 a ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board authorizes 2008 multi-cultural trip

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Education

LANESBORO - At their first meeting in 2008, the Lanesboro School Board authorized teacher Chris Knutson to go ahead with organizing a December 2008 school trip to the border area of Texas. Billed as a Multi-cultural Experience, with exposure to Span ..... 
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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."

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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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