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Fillmore Central anticipates budget cuts


Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

Preston - There was a lot of discussion among the Fillmore Central School Board members at their Feburary 18 meeting about the budget for the upcoming year, possible cuts and how to work with the legislative decisions that are coming up this spring.

Board member John Torgrimson attended a legislative meeting at the Southeast Service Co-op in Rochester with Chairperson Sue Sikkink and Superintendent Myrna Luehmann. Torgrimson said the general consensus among legislators was that there would be cuts in state education funding in the biennial budget. He said it was unclear how the federal stimulus money for education will affect the state budget, but noted that Governor Pawlenty's budget proposal calls for using 3.5 billion in stimulus funds to balance the budget. The state deficit is now expected to be around seven billion dollars.

At the meeting they talked about Pawlenty's offer to use Q Comp as an education incentive. Teachers would be paid based on merit, the end goal being better academic performance. According to Sikkink, the idea has been met with mixed feelings.

"There will be a lot of debate and discussion in the legislature as to how the budget is going to play out," Torgrimson said, noting that 40-percent of the state budget is education funding.

Senator Sharon Ropes had previously told the school district and surrounding communities to make a plan for their budgets with five, ten and fifteen percent cuts.

Luehmann has been asking staff at the K-8 building for any ideas they may have on how to save some money, and Principal Heath Olstad has been doing the same at the high school. She asked the board for direction on how to proceed with possible budget reductions.

Board member Ross Kiehne felt the budget committee should meet to see where they are sitting as far as the budget, and also to look at what the numbers would look like for the projected cuts. Sikkink suggested they hold at least one public meeting to get some input from parents and other members of the community.

"Let them come tell us what their thoughts are," she said. "We need feedback from everyone, and to listen to their ideas."

A budget committee meeting was set up for the week of February 23. The committee will look at the budget numbers so people have some idea of what the cuts will do to the budget. A public meeting was set for Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school media center. The public can voice their .....
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Lanesboro School Board hears about successful Spanish trip

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

Spanish teacher Chris Knutson briefed the Lanesboro School Board at their February 19 meeting on the recent Spanish trip to Southwest Texas. Knutson and teacher Dave Rogers chaperoned the trip.

Thirty eight Sophomore and Junior students left ..... 
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Nitecki to lead R-P school board again

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Education



John Nitecki will continue for a fourth year as chairman of the Rushford-Peterson school board, but says it will be his last consecutive year as he believes the position should rotate more regularly. Board member Daniel Munson nominated Nite ..... 
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Fillmore Central refinances building bonds

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Education



HARMONY - Fillmore Central's new school board passed a resolution involving the sale of general obligation bonds. Money from the bonds will refinance $1,395,000 in debt service on the elementary school. The bonding will reduce the tax levy b ..... 
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Fillmore Central celebrates Sno Daze

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Education



When it comes to events at Fillmore Central High School, three stand out above the rest: Homecoming, Prom, and Sno Daze. During the week of January 26-30 Fillmore Central students celebrated Sno Daze. This is a week in the middle of the year ..... 
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Kingsland Board meets for first time in 2009

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Education

The new school board members found their places around the meeting table as the first meeting with the new members in attendance got underway. Members Peggy Merkel, Al Williams and Kristin Beck received their indoctrination into conducting the busin ..... 
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"A Jury of Her Peers"

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2009
Posted in Education

Suspicious activity on a small town farm. An abusive husband strangled in his sleep. A scheming "jury" of women trying to disguise a crime. These are only a few of the eerie elements appearing in "A Jury of Her Peers", Fillmore Central High School's ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board meets with Representative-elect Davids

Fri, Dec 26th, 2008
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Representative-elect Greg Davids spoke to the Fillmore Central School Board during their regular meeting on December 22. Davids, a former Representative, will once again be representing southeast Minnesota at the capitol in January.

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R-P school officials meet with Walz regarding funding

Fri, Dec 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

Tough times call for tough measures, and the Rushford-Peterson school district is going on the offensive to seek school funding, while at the same time practicing good old-fashioned belt-tightening.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler, board member D ..... 
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