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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 than $300,000. Superintendent Richard Keith explained the reason for the difference is mandated health and safety projects.

“The history of Health and Safety money requested was around $200,000,” said Keith. “It usually stays pretty steady. Last year we had very little in the Health and Safety budget.”

Keith realizes that the increase looks like a lot, but noted that there were no Health and Safety projects last year. This year, there are two major projects that the district was required by the state to do. One was a fire alarm project at the high school and the elementary which was more than $200,000. The other was the exhaust air system at the high school, an $80,000 project. Both of those projects are being addressed with this levy.

The total levy approved was $1,821,278.73.

Principal and Dean reports

Principal Heath Olstad reported that Rochester Amateur Sports Commission has nominated the Fillmore Central Girls Volleyball Team for Team of the Year, and Coach Denise Case for Coach of the Year. A banquet will be held on January 27 at the Mayo Civic Center Auditorium where the winners will be announced.

Dean Chris Mensink informed the board AgStar made a donation to the school district of $750. This money will go toward the purchase of a baseball fence. Mensink said the fence will cost around $15- $20,000. He is currently looking into grants and other funds for the project.

The high school gym floor renovation is on schedule, and should be finished by the time the students return from winter break.

Vision, Mission and Belief

Keith presented the board with two versions of the Fillmore Central Vision, Mission and Belief statements, both of them very similar. Under the belief statements, Keith added a sentence regarding the importance of confidentiality.

The first belief statement was amended slightly. The original read, “that all students can learn through a high-quality education.” Board member Emily Ellis asked why the phrase “are entitled to” after the word “students” was left out in this version. The board approved the statements wi .....
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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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Fillmore Central Elementary applies to be celebration school

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

At the regular school board meeting on October 29, Dean Chris Mensink informed the board that Fillmore Central Elementary is eligible to be a Minnesota Department of Education Celebration School. He explained the top 25 percent of schools in Minneso ..... 
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Fillmore-Central band students performing in Conference Honor Band

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

F-C Band Students Performing in Conference Honor Band at Wabasha-Kellogg High School on Monday, November 4. Eight instrumental music students from Fillmore Central, under the direction of Lane Powell, were selected to the 2013 Three Rivers Confere ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School will host college information night

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a college information night on Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center. A representative from Southeast Technical College from Winona will have a financial aid presentation wit ..... 
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Harmony Veterinary Clinic supports Fillmore Central and Lanesboro FFA Chapters

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

The Harmony Vet Clinic recently donated $423.00 to each of the Fillmore Central High School and Lanesboro High School FFA chapters. The FFA teaches our youth invaluable leadership, personal growth and career success skills. The donation was made ..... 
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Monster Bash scares up funds for Fillmore Central band and choir

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central band and choir are planning a June 2014 trip to Disney World. There they will enjoy such things as the whimsical Magic Kingdom, perhaps they will bump into the famed Mickey and Minnie and perform on the grounds among other thin ..... 
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