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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 board's monthly meeting last Monday, April 16.

Board chair John Nitecki addressed the issue by distributing a legal opinion he'd obtained from board attorney, Patricia Maloney, after Miller made his request for tenure rights.

The five page document concludes that "Mr. Miller will not have any continuing contract or other employment rights to a principal position in the School District after June 30, 2007."

The document acknowledges that "Minnesota Courts have not ruled on an identical situation," but there are similarities to a 1986 case in Canby.

Essentially the opinion asserts that, although Miller did serve as middle school principal, and principals generally do have tenure rights, Miller has none because he was only hired as a superintendent and his contract is thus governed by "the statute governing superintendents' contracts."

"Although he is properly licensed as a principal and has been assigned as part of his Superintendent's duties to act as the Middle School Principal, Jeffrey Miller has only been employed by the School District as a superintendent," the document states.

Nitecki asked the board for a motion to support the legal opinion that Miller has no tenure rights; a motion was made and passed unanimously. Miller indicated after the meeting that he will likely challenge the board's decision.

Earlier in the meeting the board heard staffing requests from elementary principal Bruce Blixt. As a result of large classes in two of the elementary grades and the recent decision to go to all day/every day kindergarten, the hiring of an additional 2.17 FTE is required. Blixt pointed out that this is only 1.0 more than already approved with the kindergarten decision.

The board approved the hiring request.

The board also learned the unfortunate news that some of the funding for the middle school counselor position held by Jill Diana through a Hiawatha Valley agreement is "going away." The position, which is shared with Caledonia, costs $32,500, which comes from a variety of sources, including family services organizations. The $15,500 from Fillmore County Family Services collaborative will no longer be available so, barring the discovery of o .....
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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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R-P seeks input on Supt. post

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - "We have the opportunity to reshape this district for years to come," said Jim Kitchens, R-P school board member. "We have that responsibility right now."

Kitchens' comment came during a meeting with the public to discuss the recr ..... 
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FC board discusses tennis court options

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Preston City Council member Heath Mensink and Preston City Administrator Joe Hoffman attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting last Tuesday to discuss the possibility of purchasing land for a tennis court. At the February meeting, ..... 
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Miller out as Rushford-Peterson Superintendent

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - In a move that came as a surprise to many, at least those outside the school system, the Rushford-Peterson school board voted not to renew the contract of Superintendent Jeff Miller at their regular March meeting.

Board Chair John ..... 
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R-P moves to all-day, everyday Kindergarten

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - The room broke out in applause when the R-P school board voted to implement all day/every day kindergarten at its March 20 meeting.

The board invited the community to come speak prior to the regular meeting. Approximately twenty-f ..... 
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Kingsland will award construction bids in April

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - Chairman Mitch Lentz updated the Kingsland School Board on pre-construction plans at their Friday, March 16 meeting, which lasted 35 minutes. Lentz said that a pre-bid meeting is planned for March 22 at 3:30 p.m. with bids due at the Kingsl ..... 
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