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Rushford-Peterson receives 1:1 update


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

The Monday, September 19 Rushford-Peterson School Board meeting wrapped up in just over an hour. Items garnering the majority of discussion covered a new school progress update and a program update for the 1:1 Chromebook Initiative.

Back in June, the board had voted unanimously to approve a new 1:1 Initiative. The program is a cost-saving partnership with Best Buy and looks to put technology in the hands of R-P students. It was determined the company would offer a $100 off coupon to each R-P student, grades 9-12, to be used in the purchase of one of three classroom compatible devices. The devices are owned by the family, who are fully responsible for support, maintenance, warranty options, and accessories. Ranging from economy models to more top of the line models, the devices start at $99 with the coupon. A number of loaner models are available from the district for students not able to purchase the devices. The district hopes to expand the program to include grades 6-8 in the 2017-2018 school year.

According to Technology Director Corey Mattson, informational parent meetings were held July 21 and August 17 and were well attended. The district web store opened August 19. While there were a few roadblocks, as noted by Mattson, it’s been a positive concept. “People are paying attention to what we’re trying to do here,” said Mattson. “Staff is excited; receptive. They’re embracing this head on.”

As of the meeting, 111 devices had been purchased with 44 devices leased, a 68% adoption of the program. “It’s encouraging. There have been some pretty big jumps and decisions in the last few months,” continued Mattson.

High School Principal Jake Timm echoed the positivity, noting students are enjoying the devices and teachers are finding increased efficiencies. “It’s another tool in the tool belt of our staff members,” said Timm.

R-P parent Leah Mensink Jacobson, whose family has opted out of the program, was present at the meeting to voice concerns over the program. “I am here to express concerns regarding equal education for all students in the district. The Rushford-Peterson School District provides a list of Student Rights. These rights include the right to a free and full education and the right to equal educational opportunities for all students,” she read in a prepared statement.

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Mabel City Council hears noise complaint from resident

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert Mabel Resident Lois Suckow asked that the council take action to address the loud noises coming from the American Legion and the On/Off Sale Bar. She had spoken at the August council meeting as well, but reported that the situati ..... 
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Frustrations mount for Rushford Village over road project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner After hearing frustrations from the city council, project engineering firm, and residents (as noted by council members), it appears that Rushford Village’s frustrations with work in the south Rushford area of the city continue ..... 
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Implementation of Root River 1W1P just months away

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner After over two years of cooperative efforts of six southeastern Minnesota counties, the process to create and implement the One Watershed One Plan (1W1P), which encompasses the entire Root River watershed of about 1.3 million acres ..... 
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School year off to a great start in Lanesboro

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Hannah Wingert Recently hired Lanesboro Superintendent Matt Schultz was pleased to say that the 2016-17 school year was off to a great start. He has been enjoying working with the staff and wished to recognize transportation director Chad Wange ..... 
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Kingsland sets tax levy

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Rich Wicks The Kingsland School Board met September 19 in regular session. All members were present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard and Ann Oeltjen, along with Superintendent John McDonald. The board unanimously ..... 
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Preston sets preliminary budget and levy

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner City Administrator Joe Hoffman summarized the proposed adjustments to the 2017 budget at the city council’s September 20 meeting. As discussed at the September 6 meeting, there is a $129,282 Twenty-14 Project surplus. Using jus ..... 
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Houston School Board looking to the future

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in All Government

By Eric Leitzen The Houston Public Schools Board of Education met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 20 at 6 p.m. In attendance were Board Members Stillin, Evenson, Krage, Bonner, Carlson and Wilson. Following the Pledge of ..... 
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Harmony’s Monster Bash promises a scary good time

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

By Hannah Wingert When Jay Masters first started the Monster Bash at the Community Center gym in Harmony five years ago, he didn’t realize it would be such a big hit. Masters first approached the Fillmore Central high school band director w ..... 
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