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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 that I am not advocating moving ahead (with a building project) unless we can secure significant funding from other sources rather than our local property owners," said superintendent Chuck Ehlers.

After a public meeting on October 24 on the topic of facilities, a board subcommittee of Roger Metz, Daniel Munson, John Nitecki and Ehlers met informally with representatives from ICS, a firm that specializes in school facilities. Legislator Gene Pelowski also attended.

Metz called the event a "good informational meeting" because ICS really "knew what they were talking about."

The others agreed, with Nitecki emphasizing that the process is still purely "exploratory."

Ehler said that a preliminary ballpark figure for a new facility is about $24 million, which, in addition to a new facility in Rushford would include several million to improve the Peterson building with new windows, roof, and updated classrooms.

Ehler is proposing the district ask the state to commit to at least 75% of the costs. The rest would then fall upon the district, but both Nitecki and Ehler believe additional funding options might be secured to assist with the district's share.

But before securing financing, it is necessary for the district to have a plan outlining their needs, according to Ehler, which is why the board agreed unanimously to hire ICS. The agreement with the firm would include pre and post referendum services in the amount of $23,800. The board asked that the district be allowed to terminate services early, if need be.

"Someone from the state (education) office is not going to tell us what our needs are-we need to tell them what we need," Ehler explained.

Last month Ehler proposed the idea of seeking financing from the state over and above what was typical, in the aftermath of the August flood.

To date, the cost for flood clean-up and repair of the Rushford school building has exceeded $600,000, a small portion of which is covered by insurance, and the rest by FEMA and state funds.

In a related topic, Ehler informed the board that a requirement of receiving the FEMA funds is that the district needs to invest in flood insurance. Working with agent B .....
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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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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Board weighs $25-million new building and renovation plan

Fri, Oct 26th, 2007
Posted in Education

Rushford-Peterson school superintendent Chuck Ehler outlined a referendum proposal to fund a $25-million school building and renovation project at a special meeting of the R-P school board last Wednesday, October 24.

"Tonight," said Ehler to ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Superintendent to pursue funding for new school

Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - "There's no time like the present" is Rushford-Peterson superintendent Chuck Ehler's attitude toward his suggestion that the district attempt to work with local legislators to develop a special financial package for the building of a new ..... 
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Kingsland School Board: Curriculum changes planned for mathematics

Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - The Kingsland School Board met at the Middle School in Wykoff on Monday night, Oct. 15. It was a full agenda with the board taking action on a number of issues.

Principal Jim Heckimovich addressed the board and explained the outcom ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Board hears preliminary audit report

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann met with the district auditors recently to discuss the auditing process for the 2006-2007 school year. Luehmann shared the information she received with the school board in a preliminary audit report at ..... 
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Lanesboro School sets levy

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board, meeting on Thursday, September 20, set the proposed levy for 2008 at $494,472, a decrease of 2.39 percent from 2007's levy amount of $506,629.

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