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Fillmore Central projects nearing completion


Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

There were multiple projects going on at both the Harmony and Preston sites of Fillmore Central Schools, and all of them are winding down as the first day of school approaches.

Principal Heath Olstad said the sprinkler system at the high school has been tested for leaks and had all of them fixed. The city’s street 1st Ave street project is scheduled to be completed before school starts.

“Things have really changed the last few weeks,” he said.

Dean Chris Mensink stated the parking lot at the elementary site will have their paving completed as well. Contractors have been working on fixing the parking lots all summer, and have been putting in a new parking lot in front of the school. The project will help with a lot of parking and drainage issues they have been dealing with for years.

Mensink added the new banners are up in the gym, and the new scorer’s tables are in place at both schools, and they are ready for the new year.

Staff Development

Superintendent Richard Keith told the board members about a new online staff development program. The MREA (Minnesota Rural Education Association) has discontinued their support of this system, so he is now looking at Education Impact to meet those needs. There is a start-up fee of $500 and online training for the program for $1,500. There is a $3,200 cost per building to use the program. Keith felt this program would tie in well with the current evaluation system. It will mainly be used during staff development time, and will be paid for with staff development funds. The board approved.

Principal and Dean Reports

Mensink said the schedules are all set and ready for the new school year. There are currently 41 students in kindergarten, 45 in 1st grade, 57 in 2nd grade, 47 in 3rd grade, 38 in 4th grade, 41 in 5th grade, and 50 in 6th grade.

Mensink also presented the board with the student numbers for fall sports. There are 74 people signed up for football, 53 for volleyball, 11 for cross country, and 11 for cheerleading.

Mensink recently attended a Why We Play conference, which he said was a great conference about how the school’s goal is educational athletics, a discussion of the core values and philosophy of school sports, and how to promote that.

Micki Breitsprecher, Director of Special Ed., informed the board that with the resignation of Lisa Wil .....
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Fillmore Central Schools – Mini grant program

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

A “mini grant” program has been continued for the 18th straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District. Grants of up to $500 each have ..... 
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Fillmore Central projects underway

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

There are multiple construction and capital improvement projects going on at Fillmore Central Schools this summer. Principal Heath Olstad and Dean Chris Mensink updated the school board on the progress at their brief mid-summer meeting on July 22. ..... 
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Fillmore Central to offer trap shooting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

Members of the Harmony Conservation Club attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on June 24. Board member Sue Sikkink explained they had approached her with the idea of starting a trap shooting team at Fillmore Central. The trap shooti ..... 
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Fillmore Central Band and Choir perform at Disney World

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

This past week, June 16-22, the Fillmore Central Band and Choir traveled to Orlando, Fla., to perform at the Walt Disney World Resort. The marching band performed at the Magic Kindgom during the afternoon of Wednesday, June 18, for an enormous crow ..... 
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Fillmore Central looks at referendum options

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

Patty Heminover from Springsted attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on May 27 to discuss possibilities for renewing a referendum. She went over statistics showing different schools in Minnesota that have attempted to renew a referen ..... 
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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with th ..... 
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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 ma ..... 
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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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