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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.

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Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony City Council meeting on March 11, Kyle Morem, Jamie Breezer, and Bill Hanlon approached the council about getting credit for running water to prevent pipes from freezing. The long stretch of below-zero temperatures has wreaked havo ..... 
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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

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R.E. “Gene” Richardson

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

R.E. “Gene” Richardson, age 89, of Harmony, Minn. died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his home in Harmony. Gene was born October 3, 1924 in Harmony Township of Fillmore County to Carl and Hazel (Turnmire) Richardson. He graduated from Canton Hig ..... 
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Fillmore Central looks at maintaining facilities

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

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Engagement - Rabehl ~ Hanson

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Jordan Lee Rebehl & Dustin Ronald Hanson are proud to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride are James Rabehl, of Lake City, Minn. and Rochelle and Travis Willford, of Harmony, Minn. Parents of the groom are Karen Tro ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Crosby Jack Hjelmeland

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

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Schieber joins the Law Office of Richard Nethercut

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

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Kermit N. Soma

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

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