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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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Swing Street Big Band’s final concert

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Swing Street Big Band will perform for the final concert of Chatfield’s “Music in the Park” concert series on Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chatfield City Park Bandshell. This popular 17-piece big band is made up of some of the top ..... 
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Neva Ann Horsman

Tue, Jul 22nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Neva Ann Horsman, 71, of Chatfield, Minn., passed away July 20, 2014 at her home in Chatfield. Neva was born in her family’s home on December 17, 1942 in Jordan Township near Spring Valley, Minn. to Howard C. and Theone Geneva (Wallace) Horsman ..... 
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Help Our Neighbors/tourism center

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the July 14 Chatfield City Council meeting a proposal from Help Our Neighbors (HON) to share space at the Tourism Center was approved. This non-profit organization was established in 2012 to help senior citizens stay in their homes. HON will s ..... 
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Concert in the Park July 24

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Rochester Community Band, under the direction of Mr. Michael Mangan, will perform Thursday for the Chatfield “Music in the Park” summer concert series. The concert will be on Thursday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chatfield City Park Band Sh ..... 
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Forestry Field Day July 23 near Chatfield

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield The Great Outdoors

On July 30, 2014 the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a field day to explore past, present, and future restoration practices taking place at the Isinours Forestry Unit just outside of Preston, Minn. The tours will begin ..... 
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Brass band concert at the care center

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass Band will perform this week’s “Music in the Park” concert at the Chosen Valley Care Center. The concert is on Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m. in the back parking lot of the Care Center. The band will perform traditional favorit ..... 
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A Jordan Town Hall celebration

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Jordan Township Hall was built in 1877. The building was constructed out of local limestone by mason Thomas Ferguson. The stone has stood the test of time until now. A front corner has fallen and it needs repair. A Town Hall Restoration committe ..... 
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Anton “Andy” Ludwig Petersen

Mon, Jun 30th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Anton “Andy” Ludwig Petersen, 83, of Chatfield, Minn., died Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Anton was born May 12, 1931 in New York City to Martin J. & Teresa (Kucera) Petersen. He attended school in New ..... 
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