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Chatfield School Board discusses special education, welcomes new staff, reports changes in test scores and finances


By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday July 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. The agenda was approved following motion by vice chair F. Mike Tuohy and second by director Scott Backer. Claims and accounts were approved following motion by treasurer Lanny Isensee and second by clerk Greg LaPlante.

Superintendent Edward Harris thanked Nick Duchateau, director of the north cluster of Hiawatha Valley Education District (HVED), for attending and reporting the district summary. Harris noted the challenging role Duchateau has, and commented on the excellent work he’s done so far, stating “Nick’s very responsive, seeks information, and I really enjoy how he approaches conversations, challenges, and problem solving. Duchateau explained his role – he supervises 20 highly specialized staff who provide special education to students in their district, which include 14 public and 2 charter schools (Ridgeview and Bluffview). He routinely rotates through the schools, meeting with Chatfield’s presidents and superintendents to discuss progress. He provided handouts of information to the board regarding needs and costs and details of funding and budgeting for the program, pointing out that state aid changes yearly, and they were still forecasting for the next year.

During the board committee reports, Backer noted that Laura Fredrickson has been doing a great job as the interim executive director for special education, and that interviews to find a permanent executive director have taken place and an excellent candidate has been selected. The official announcement is pending.

Isensee stated he accompanied the 8th grade on their Washington, D.C. trip, and that he was “very proud of our kids – of the way they acted and carried themselves in front of everybody. They were very respectful.” He also credited the teachers and staff. Brief committee reports included director McMahon discussing negotiations, Tuohy reviewed district task force meetings, chair Jerry Chase discussed the teacher’s association and task force updates.

Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke was pleased to report the MCA scores have increased, with 5% increase of 3-6th graders meeting/exceeding in math, and a 10% increase meeting/exceeding in reading. All grades overall exceeded the state average. Ihrke mentioned that Chatfield’s Reading Research program, which has been greatly successful, will be featured as a success story at state and nation .....
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Chatfield School Board makes calendar changes for 2015-2016 school year, introduces teacher evaluation surveys

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

April’s Chatfield Public Schools School Board meeting took place on Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Chatfield High School Media Center. All board members were in attendance, as well as Superintendent Edward Harris, Elementary Principal Craig ..... 
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Penny Wars!

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield Elementary hosted a Penny War to help raise money for fellow student, Caleb Eide. The Penny War was an event where pennies gave classes negative points and all other coins and dollars gave them positive points. The classes wanted to have t ..... 
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Senator Miller and Senator Nelson meeting with Chatfield FFA

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

ST. PAUL – Senator Miller and Senator Nelson met with a group of students involved in Chatfield’s FFA program. Southeastern Minn. has a proud tradition of supporting our FFA organizations and they had a strong showing at the Capitol.

Chatfield School Board hears details for service trip opportunity

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board met Tuesday, February 17 in the Chatfield High School media center for their monthly regular meeting. All board members were present for the duration of the meeting. Board members include Jerry Chase (chair), F. Mike T ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show opens January 10

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

Lanesboro Arts will present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, showcasing work by 9-12th grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, and Rushford-Peterson High Schools. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, January 10 fro ..... 
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Chatfield School Board proclaims new referendum authority

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

At its regular August meeting on August 18, the Chatfield School Board approved a resolution authorizing new board approved referendum authority that will generate local revenue for the district. While the additional revenue will be generated locall ..... 
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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. ..... 
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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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