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Rushford-Peterson superintendent committee works on district goals


Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson superintendent search committee met for the first time Monday, May 14, with John Nitecki, current board chair, serving as committee chair. Board member Dan Munson also serves on the committee.

Originally, the plan had been for this committee of staff and district residents to cull through applications and make recommendations for interviews. But according to Nitecki, that plan changed after the information session several weeks ago with a representative from the Minnesota School Boards Association.

Nitecki began the meeting with a clarification of "what this committee is and isn't."

"We won't be selecting the finalists and won't even be looking at applications," he said. "So if that's what you wanted to do, this might be good time to excuse yourself."

None of the eleven people present left, so Nitecki continued by distributing early draft documents of a Superintendent Profile, comprised of items mentioned at an earlier citizen meeting chaired by Roger Metz, and a variety of other items Nitecki had culled from MSBA websites, and a draft of "Short-term and Long-term District Goals," originally begun in May, 2006, by the board.

The group spent most of its time on the district goals because, as Susan Hart asked rhetorically, "How can we expect someone (a new superintendent) to lead us in (district) goals if we're not sure what they are?"

In addition to Hart, Angela Colbenson will serve as a citizen member of the committee, although she was not present for this meeting. Principal Brad Johnson was also unable to be there, but will serve. Other district staff on the committee are Wanda Kopperud, Beth Theede, Pat Hatlevig, Rachel Brown and Mike Honken.

After a lengthy discussion, the group hammered out five general district goals:

1. Increase and improve communication with all people residing in our district,

2. Assess enrollment reduction in order to increase total student enrollment,

3. Enhance curriculum to meet the educational needs of all Rushford-Peterson students,

4. Create a cohesive, knowledgeable, and approachable Board of Education, and

5. Provide functional, efficient, high quality facilities for our students, staff, and district residents.

Under the communication goal are items like re-engineering the website (already in progress) and developing "partnerships with local agencies, businesses, and civic organizations."

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Lanesboro City School Board: Three staff resign from Lanesboro Schools

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Education

Heidi Knepper, Sue Schnaufer, and Phyllis Penheiter all submitted letters of resignation to the Lanesboro School Board at their May 17, 2007 meeting. Knepper, the daycare director for the past several years, resigned to take a position with Southeas ..... 
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Kingsland awards construction bids

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - A motion by Mike Zimmer and second by Deb Dahl and a unanimous vote of the Kingsland School Board approved the awarding of bids for the construction contracts and Alternate No. 5-Kingsland Middle School Renovation at the May 5 meeting of th ..... 
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Kingsland School Board: Work group cuts $1.2 million from school proposal

Fri, May 4th, 2007
Posted in Education

Kingsland Board President Mitch Lentz termed Wednesday's meeting of the board work group as productive. Board members and administration were successful in trimming over one million dollars from the bids for the new construction. The original Bond R ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board hears about Senior Trip

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Education

Senior advisor Joe Stevens gave a report to the Fillmore Central School Board about the recent senior trip to Washington, D.C. There were 48 students and 12 adults on the 10-day trip.

According to Stevens, the class raised $56,000 for the t ..... 
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R-P Superintendent to pursue tenure rights

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - recently released superintendent, Jeffrey Miller, is pursuing the possibility of tenure rights due to his holding the position of middle school principal for the past four years.

The item came at the end of the agenda for the boar ..... 
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Kingsland rejects bids for new building

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - The Kingsland School Board has decided to wait until next Wednesday, April 25 to take action on the bids for the new building. The architect appeared before the board and said that the bids had exceeded the budget amount for the project and ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board: "More time for..."

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Education

"More time" was Elementary Principal James Semmen's refrain as he updated the Lanesboro School Board on the kindergarten program. In the past years, Lanesboro has moved its kindergarten program from three days a week, to four days a week, and, in th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Board will conduct superintendent search

Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
Posted in Education

At a special meeting on April 9, the R-P school board decided to go it alone hiring a new superintendent, rather than hiring an agency. A number of agencies that specialize in superintendent searches have contacted board members since it was announc ..... 
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