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Chatfield School Board discusses revenue opportunity; approves senior passes


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

At the Chatfield School Board meeting on July 21, Superintendent Ed Harris explained that there was an opportunity from the state allowing for the school board to take advantage of a minor increase in revenue for the district.

The minor levy adjustment will impose a minimal tax impact on the public. Harris estimated about $1.50 per month which would in turn create about $77,000 of additional revenue to be added to the district’s annual budget.

Board member Matt McMahon commented that during his years on the school board he has observed that the state has been continually attempting to make a larger portion school district funding come from more local sources.

While a formal decision is to be made in August, Harris has drafted a resolution to add this additional route to the district’s budget.

High school principal Randy Paulson addressed the board informing them of the few developments that have take place in July. Paulson recently attended a workshop centered around grading systems. Paulson said it may be practical to go to a system where tests, quizzes and projects make up 80-90 percent of a student’s grade while 10-20 percent is based off of assignments. Paulson felt that grading procedures may need to be formulated differently since grade evaluations are now more visible and transparent to both parents and students.

“Emphasis should be on accomplishing standards enforced by tests, quizzes and projects,” said Paulson.

Paulson also offered congratulations to Brian Baum for being named Section 1A Baseball Coach of the Year.

In new business the board approved support staff contracts for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.

The board also acknowledged donations/grants received during the 2013-2014 school year. Donations/grants totaled $27,190.36.

The district leadership team had looked at the idea of giving senior citizens and staff members free passes to extracurricular events, including high school sporting events. The recommendation of the team was to initiate the free passes for the upcoming school year. Though the income from these two groups is marginal, the team thought that it is good to consider these groups for free passes because of the support they provide. The board approved senior citizen passes and employee passes for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Chatfield activities director recaps change

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board convened for its June meeting on Monday, June 16 at 7 p.m. Present were all school board members, district principals Craig Ihrke and Randy Paulson, Superintendent Ed Harris and the district’s activities director, Dan Sc ..... 
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Chatfield looks to wrap up school year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board meeting opened on May 19 with four members present along with principals Craig Ihrke and Randy Paulson and Superintendent Ed Harris. Both principals thanked the music department for the effort put in for the spring concer ..... 
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Science projects presented to Chatfield School Board

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board members had an opportunity to enjoy the work of two of the district’s students firsthand at their most recent meeting on April 21, 2014. Matthew Dietz and Justin Friedrich were present at the meeting to present two of the ..... 
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Chatfield Community Preschool: A sneak peek at a typical preschool day

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

By LuAnn Klevan Community Education Director You probably recognize that preschool is an exciting time for children and their families. But, have you ever wondered about what takes place in a preschool classroom? Let’s take a peek and see. ..... 
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Chatfield School Board approves 2014 levy

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

CPA Alan Anderson was in attendance at the Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday, December 16 to give a district audit financial report on the 2012-2013 school year budget. Anderson reported that the school district is doing well in terms of its ..... 
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Chatfield students utilize iPads for class projects

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

The last couple of weeks for the entire Chatfield School District has been exciting time as fall athletic tournament time has taken Chatfield on the road to both the Mayo Civic Center for girls volleyball and the Metrodome for football. The exciteme ..... 
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Chatfield elementary MCA results lower than anticipated

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board met for its regular October meeting on Monday, October 21. Board members Kathy Schellhammer and Greg LaPlante were absent from the meeting. In Principal Randy Paulson’s report he thanked everyone involved with homecomi ..... 
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Chatfield details school district emergency plans

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge Chatfield School Board members met on Monday, September 16, which has been the first meeting since the beginning of the new school year. All board members were present for the meeting along with Superintendent Harris, Principa ..... 
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