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Fillmore Central School Board changes snow day policy


Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

Due to the harsh winter and many snow days that came with it, the Fillmore Central School Board discussed the current policy in regards to make-up days.

The current policy states the first snow day is forgiven, and after that the district must make up the next five. Going by this policy, the school would have to make up four days at the end of the school year. This would put the last student day at June 9 and the last teacher day June 10.

In the new policy that was recommended, the first snow day will be forgiven, but the district must make up the next three days by adding them to the end of the school year. Teachers must use PTO or complete staff development programs to make up for any missed days beyond the first four. The teacher’s contracts are approved for a certain amount of days per year.

Superintendent Richard Keith suggested they set the last day of school for the students to be June 5, with teachers coming back on June 6. He said the city of Harmony has been asking when school will be finished so they can begin the 1st Avenue street repair project.

Board member Emily Ellis said that was not what the policy committee decided, and asked why they even have a meeting if what they decide is not followed.

Board member Deb Ristau was concerned about the staff development programs, and how they would be monitored. Keith said they can set up online staff development the teachers can do from home, including activities on Schoology.

“I don’t want to make it sound like we don’t think the teachers are doing what they should be, because we do,” said Ristau. “I just don’t want to complicate things.”

Jim Love, who is on the policy committee, stated the policy will never be perfect. “It’s going to be ever evolving,” he said, adding they thought they had a policy that would cover everything, but this winter was unexpectedly harsh.

The board approved the first reading of the changed policy. They also set the last day of school for students to be Friday, June 5, which is a half a day. Teachers will return on Monday, June 9 for a work day.

Principal Reports

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Willis “Willie” J. Cambern

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Willis “Willie” J. Cambern, 73, of Fountain, Minn. died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Willie was born June 28, 1940 in Preston to Daniel & Evelyn (Smith) Cambern. He attended school in Preston, where h ..... 
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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 11 to pass a resolution to issue bonds for projects at both the Preston and Harmony sites. The district is going to finance approximately $4,660,000 in projects with no increase in ..... 
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Fountain City Council reviews financial statements

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall. By a motion made by Jim Schott and seconded by Chad Wangen the Consent Agenda items were approved including minutes from the February 6, 2014 meeting, Treasure ..... 
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Fillmore Central looks at maintaining facilities

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Richard Keith presented the school board with some of the facility projects that need to be done in the next few years. “We have two great facilities,” he said. “We want to maintain and improve them the best ..... 
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Winslow attends National Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Young farmer leaders from Minnesota attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Conference held in Virginia Beach, Va., February 7-11. Katie Winslow of Fountain in Fillmore County was among the more than 1,0 ..... 
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Fountain City Council shows support for Taste of the Trail

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the city office. All members were present with the exception of Chad Wangen. Mayor Richard Kujath, City Clerk Ronda Flattum, and Police Chief Tom Mosher were also present. ..... 
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Winslow finishes in top four of National Discussion Meet competition

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

Katie Winslow of Fountain in Fillmore County finished in the top four of the National Collegiate Discussion Meet competition today at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Conference in Virginia Beach, Va. Sh ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses land owned by school

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The Fillmore Central School Board recently hashed out the confusing details of a one-acre parcel of land apparently legally owned by the school. The land is wooded, and located two miles south of Preston. A country school was once located there, and ..... 
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