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Fillmore Central's audit receives clean bill of health


Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

Steve Salveson of Smith Schafer was at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting to go over the recent audit with the board members.

Salveson went over the Average Daily Membership, which has decreased 23 percent since 2003. He then looked over the revenues of all of the funds. This past year, 57 percent of the school's revenues have come from State Aids, 13 percent from Federal Aids, 19 percent from property taxes, and 11 percent other sources.

Due to the declining enrollment, both expenditures and revenues have gone down over the years. Salveson said schools need to watch their expenditures to match those declining revenues.

The Food Service Fund has come out even for the past three years, which is good. Salveson also mentioned the revenues from the daycare are now covering the costs.

The unreserved undesignated general fund balance is 19 percent of the current General Fund expenditures. Salveson explained the state recommends having at least eight percent in undesignated funds.

Salveson said many schools have been building up their undesignated funds, getting ready, as it is still unknown what the state will do with aid to the school districts.

Torgrimson reminded the board the HVAC project is not in the audit report, as it is only current through June 30.

Flexible Learning Year

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann updated the board on discussions about creating a flexible learning year consortium. There is already a group of districts in southwest Minnesota that had their request approved to start school two weeks earlier. According to Luehmann, there are 35-40 districts in southeast Minnesota that would like to try the same thing.

Luehmann explained that starting the school year two weeks early would align the calendar with that of colleges. She added that the earlier start is not the only benefit of the flexible learning year. She said there would be many other advantages to joining the consortium, including advantages for professional development of staff. Money would go into a fund for all districts involved. The students will have more time for learning before the standardized tests in the spring.

It would be a three-year commitment for Fillmore Central. The schools involved will have to have the same amount of student contact days, and will have to have three public hearing meetings before they can join the consortium, if they decide to do so. The group of districts .....
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Repairs plans for bridges listed for closure

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

County Engineer John Grindeland updated the board at their November 23 meeting on options to repair or replace the seven bridges that have been listed as "critical bridges" by the special State Aid consultants. Grindeland has not yet received a full ..... 
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Chatfield Trails, Inc. to take over maintenance of ATV trail

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

A resolution to approve an agreement between the city and Chatfield Trails, Inc. was adopted at the November 22 city council meeting. The city serves as the local government sponsor. The trail has been maintained by the Bluff Country ATV Club. Counc ..... 
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Whalan's Block Well project tabled

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The November meeting of the regular Whalan City Council met with the following present: Larry Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Everett Johnson, Johnny Halverson, David Rahn and Lolly Melander. Mayor Johnson called the meeting to order and Lolly Melander re ..... 
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R-P forming facilities task force

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

Gary Benson and Pat Overom of ICS Consulting, Inc. were present at the Monday, November 22nd, meeting to discuss the development of the Facilities Task Force. ICS was contracted with in October of this year to help the district make positive strides ..... 
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Rushford waits for feasibility study

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

A report from Otomo Engineering was presented to the council at the Monday, November 22nd ,council meeting. Reviewing the summary of reports regarding FEMA for street and underground utility improvements resulting from the flood of 2007, the report ..... 
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Spring Valley company seeks EDA Loan

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

For the next couple of weeks the Spring Valley City Council will be studying a proposal from the A&F Consulting Group, Inc., seeking a $50,000.00 loan to expand their business of snow removal and landscaping. The group is in the process of purchasin ..... 
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Peterson City Council reviews proposed 2011 budget, employee insurance cuts

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council met on November 4, 2010. Chuck Eidenschink, Jan Smaby, Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson and Lolly Melander were present, along with three guests. Mayor Eidenschink called the meeting to order ..... 
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Governor recount requires added staff time

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter requested additional part-time employee hours at the November 9 meeting to deal with the expected automatic recount in the Minnesota governor election. The recount will be automatic due to the closeness of the electio ..... 
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