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Rushford-Peterson School Board: R-P looks at building security


Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
Posted in Education

A security expert has determined that there are too many open entrances at Rushford-Peterson schools.

The R-P school board took a closer look at building security at its regular monthly meeting November 20. Superintendent Jeff Miller presented a report generated by Michael Trok, Ph.D., of School Securities L.L.C.

As a result of the study, Miller is recommending that the board consider five strategies:

1.) Locking all doors except one main entrance to each building during the hours that school is in session.

2.) Investing in extension recorders that would allow employees to record threatening phone calls more easily.

3.) Investing in a number of 2-way radios for when faculty and/or administration are either in the far reaches of the buildings or off-campus (example: phy.ed. classes).

4.) Pins or badges for any contractors working on school property so that they can be easily identified.

5.) Strobe lights for areas like gyms and cafeterias where noise might prevent occupants from hearing emergency announcements.

The board agreed with Miller, who said the first three items were the most important. "It is imperative that we get the building locked down, the recorders, and the 2-way radios," he said.

Trok had positive comments for the district's handling of a bomb threat earlier in the fall where the perpetrator was caught quickly. And the fact that R-P buildings could use some security improvements is, in an odd way, a compliment to the staff, according to Trok.

"Because the Rushford building provides students with many opportunities for distance and privacy from supervision it is clearly a testimony to the integrity and competence of the staff and administration that there are so few problems," the report said.

Other Business

In other business, the board-

• approved the purchase of another district van.

• discussed the possibility of the state implementing all-day, every day kindergarten, and wondered what the district would need to be ready for such a mandate, primarily the space issue. According to Miller, next year's incoming kindergarten is projected to be around 65 students, at the high end for R-P class size. "That's a nice problem to have," commented Roger Metz.

• heard lots of happy talk about the Rushford-Peterson football team as they head to the state championship game Friday, November 24, and offered praise to the athlet .....
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Lanesboro School Board: Lanesboro School - $1/2 million in the black

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Education

"I applaud you for your strong fund balances," proclaimed CPA Pam Ristau as she delivered the audit report on Lanesboro School's finances at the monthly school board meeting November 16. The report showed excess revenues over expenditures of $503,26 ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: SADD marks 25th year

Fri, Nov 3rd, 2006
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board members took a break during their regular meeting last Monday to walk outside in the cold wind and witness a special gathering at Selvig Park in Harmony. Members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) host ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: R-P in good financial shape

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Education

The R-P school board proved that when it comes to district communications and technology, they're all on the same page, by hiring RSchoolToday of Winona to create and maintain a high-tech informational website for the district.

The unanimous ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board: Parent questions lack of calculus, qualified guidance counselor

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Education

Mimi Abell was at the Lanesboro School Board meeting last Monday evening on behalf of many parents who have children attending the school. Abell has a son who is a junior this year. She explained the two major concerns she has to the board members. ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Baseball field upgrades progressing

Fri, Sep 29th, 2006
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Renovations for the Fillmore Central baseball fields are up and running, according to School Board member John Torgrimson. Torgrimson updated the board on the project at the regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Work has already begun ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board Report: Insurance refund to be used for Flex and HRA fees

Fri, Sep 22nd, 2006
Posted in Education

LANESBORO - What to do with excess money? Now that's a problem seldom faced by a school board! The Lanesboro School Board needed to decide what to do with a refund from Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance at their regular meeting Thursday, September 21 ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Board discusses land, facility options

Fri, Sep 22nd, 2006
Posted in Education

An offer to purchase more land from local businessman Richard Holle prompted a lengthy facilities discussion at the regular R-P school board meeting last Monday.

Holle offered the district the chance to purchase a forty-plus parcel of land, ..... 
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R-P property "better than average"

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - "This is not the type of site we're worried about, not even remotely," said Colby Verdegan of Chosen Valley Testing when asked about potential sink holes in the school's property near the football field.

Board member Chuck Eidensc ..... 
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