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Fillmore Central School Board changes snow day policy


Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Harmony 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

Principal Heath Olstad said the seniors will be leaving on their trip to Washington, D.C. on April 4 and returning April 13. On April 3, the 7-8 grade band will be performing at Wisconsin Dells. Science students in grades 9-11 will be taking a tr .....
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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Harmony 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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Fillmore Central looks at maintaining facilities

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Harmony 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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Fillmore Central School Board discusses land owned by school

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Harmony 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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Fillmore Central Community Education school readiness program earns a 4-Star Parent Aware Rating

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

Congratulations to Fillmore Central Community Education School Readiness program for earning a 4-Star Parent Aware Rating! This is the highest possible rating. Parent Aware Star Ratings help parents find programs that go above and beyond to prepar ..... 
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Budget and levy approved by Fillmore Central School Board

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central School Board approved the budget for the 2014-2015 school year, as well as the 2013 payable 2014 tax levy, at the regular board meeting on December 18. There was an increase in the levy of 24.32 percent, a difference of more ..... 
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Second annual Spanish banquet fundraiser approaching

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

On March 14-16, 2014, six students in grades 8-12 from Fillmore Central will travel to Bemidji, Minn. to take part in a Spanish immersion weekend at Lago del Bosque, one of 15 language-themed camps offered by the Concordia Language Villages for over ..... 
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Fillmore Central SAC kids send letters to Heroes

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

Children at Fillmore Central’s School Age Childcare (SAC) wrote letters to service members in the Holidays for Heroes program to wish them happy holidays and to thank them for their service. Janeen Wingert, Director of Fillmore Central SAC, said ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Club

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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