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Chatfield school finances looking good


Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board meeting was held July 20 in the high school media center. The first item of business involved four Chatfield Girl Scout students-ninth graders Merissa Wellman, Kayla Nelson, Danielle Felstead, and Shoshana Kosnopfal. The four girls presented a plan to revamp and repair the school-owned Jaycee Park (which is adjacent to the high school). They discussed their ideas to replace swings, provide baby swings, remove the rust on pieces of playground equipment, upgrade the landing surface near the slide, replace missing merry-go-round handlebars, clean up the litter, and put up birdhouses. The project would be long-term for all Chatfield Girl Scout troops, and it would include fundraising/donations. The board unanimously approved the project, and it was asked that they work closely with Dr. Hainlen while working with the playground equipment. Staying with the theme of volunteer work and beautification of school property, Lyman Hare reported on the work of moving the courtyard bell to the front of the school. He announced the bell has been sandblasted and painted, thanks in part to a $200 donation from the Athletic Club. He has contacted area service groups and businesses to help cover the $1,700 cost of the monument.

The board recognized Stacy Fritz, who has been elected as Membership Secretary for the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators. Also recognized was the school custodial staff for their hard work moving equipment to the new elementary school building and dealing with the construction of the high school.

The board approved various consent items, including long-term substitute teacher Jessica Johnson, resignation of elementary para-professional Kathy Lange, the upcoming choir fundraiser, and Katie Goldsmith's request for maternity leave.

Justin Thorne of R.A. Morton reported on the school's substantial building project. He announced the H.S. renovations were right on schedule, with it expected to be completed the second week of August. He publicly thanked the Valleyland staff for their cooperation during the renovation.

Matt McMahon, school board clerk, noted the district will remain in good shape financially after the projects are completed, with $232,000 remaining. He reviewed the additional costs of the proposed softball field changes and the addition to the parking lot. Also noted were further expenses, listed as: Art room ceiling, elementary softball field, server room air conditi .....
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Fillmore Central teacher pay freeze?

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

At a short meeting on July 28, the Fillmore Central School Board adopted some new policies and made some changes to others. They also approved some changes to the Root River Program handbook, as well as the High School handbook.

Superintende ..... 
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Kingsland, Fillmore Central, Chatfield above average

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

In the July 20 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, I dissected the 2009 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test scores for mathematics and reading for all six Fillmore County area school districts.

From that information, sorted and f ..... 
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"Time is of the essence" for R-P School Board

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

A bump in the road to finding a new principal for the district was one of the key topics at the Monday, July 20th, meeting. The district has attempted to be ultra-proactive in both finding the person best suited for the district opening and in utili ..... 
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Strosahl discusses Kingsland's future

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

It was one of the longer school board meetings on Monday night as board members for the Kingsland School District waded through the monthly bills and other housekeeping chores.

High on the list of discussion was a presentation by Superintend ..... 
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How is your school performing?

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Since 2006, the Minnesota Department of Education has administered the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for students, teachers and administrators to identify areas of proficiency along with opportunities for improvement.

With th ..... 
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Lanesboro follow-up meeting regarding bullying

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Concerned parents, faculty, and community members attended a special meeting on July 14th to further discuss the topic of bullying in the Lanesboro Public Schools. The issue spurred much debate and discussion at the last school board meeting on June ..... 
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Second Lanesboro school board meeting of the week

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Parents packed the room at the July 16 Lanesboro school board meeting in hopes of further discussing the recent hot-button bullying issue, although it was lunch prices, substitute teacher pay, and renewing yearly agreements that dominated the meetin ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board proposed 2009/10 budget

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Education

Many decisions were made for the 2009-2010 school year at the recent Fillmore Central School Board meeting on June 23rd. There were also some changes made to the teachers. The board accepted a resignation from Charlene Grabau, a part-time custodian. ..... 
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