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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 recruitment process for a new superintendent for the district, and to consider restructuring administration.

In the absence of board chair, John Nitecki, who was out of town, Roger Metz led the meeting using a "town meeting" type format. Approximately fifteen people, the majority of them district teachers, attended the meeting.

Metz worked at stimulating discussion by asking questions, for example-why should a potential candidate for superintendent want to come here?

"We get complacent," Metz said. "We don't take time to look at what we do have."

After some prodding, the group came up with a number of answers.

"We're one of the few growing small communities in the area," said Kitchens.

Others mentioned academic awards, strong athletics, considerable parental involvement with the school, a large, active Booster Club, and "good kids" as being plusses for the district.

Metz emphasized that the scenic bluffs, rivers and streams make the area a dream for outdoor enthusiasts.

When asked to consider the drawbacks, or "challenges" in the area, board member George Ingram piped up with "our buildings" at the same time that his colleague, Dan Munson, answered "facilities."

The group considered that the ever-present variables in state funding make it hard to plan for the future in a district, and that Fillmore County is "financially challenged."

Ingram said that the biggest "burden" on the district is having two facilities, five miles apart. Member Greg Smith said the situation with the two locations is "touchy." District citizen Susan Koenen pointed out that having two locations makes the district "inefficient," and Mike Honken agreed that the "logistics of the district" would be a challenge to a superintendent coming in.

Metz then assigned people to small groups to brainstorm about the qualities they desired in a superintendent. The group came up with a long list, topped by things like "leadership," "future vision for the district, and the ability to bring the district forward into that vision", and a good background in finances and business.

"Their first priority should be students and learning," said fifth grade teacher, Pat Ha .....
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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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Lanesboro School Board Report: Winter sports teams recognized

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Education



LANESBORO - The Lanesboro School Board recognized the efforts of the school's winter sports teams at its Thursday, March 15 meeting.

The girls basketball team won the conference championship and finished second in the sub-section tou ..... 
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Special meeting results in hires and expulsion

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Members of the Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 12 to deal with a few important issues.

The first item was to hire Blaine Moe as the new Building and Grounds Supervisor. According to Superintendent Myr ..... 
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Strosahl hired to lead Kingsland

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
Posted in Education

SPRING VALLEY - After several months and meetings, Kingsland has a new Superintendent.

Kingsland High School Principal Darrin Strosahl will be the new Superintendent of the School District. He was hired during the board meeting on Wednesday ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Board exhibits sure signs of spring

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
Posted in Education

Quick-what do these three things have in common? Robins, the Twins opener, and the R-P school board prioritizing summer repair projects?

Answer: they're all signs of spring.

At its monthly meeting February 20, the board looked at a ..... 
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