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Lanesboro School Board looking at improving technology


Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board heard from High School Principal Brett Clarke at their meeting on April 19. Clarke was excited to share with them something the school had been talking about for years. With him he had two different netbook computers that he and Superintendent Jeff Boggs had been trying out. His goal is to have one for every student in grades 9-12.

“We would like to increase access to technology, and put these in the hands of every, or almost every, high school student,” said Clarke.

Clarke explained the netbooks he tried are very durable, and are built for educational purposes. He believes having access to one will benefit the students, as they will be able to take it with them everywhere.

The cost of one of them is around $500-600, which is comparable to an iPad. Clarke said they thought about iPads, but felt these would be better for high school students.

Ideally each student would keep the same netbook throughout their high school years. Teachers would have to be trained as well, and would have to incorporate them into their curriculum. They would also have to adopt a policy for them, and discuss consequences of students misusing them.

The board approved Clarke and Boggs moving forward and getting more information for the next meeting.

Local Literacy Plan

Elementary Principal James Semmen explained to the board that there is a Minnesota State Statute that requires each district to adopt a Local Literacy Plan. The goal is to have every child reading at or above their grade level. They need to report their plan of intervention, how they will be informing parents, and how they identify staff needs. The report must be adopted annually by June 1, and posted on the school web site. They also need to send it to the Commissioner of Education each year by June 30. Semmen said he has already prepared the plan, and the board approved it.

Elementary Staffing

Semmen told the board they have made some adjustments to the teaching staff at the elementary school. The original plan was to have the third grade teacher stay for one year, but the school has acquired a few more students. Next year there will be a first grade, first and second combined, third grade, third and fourth combined, fourth grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade. This will help keep the classes a smaller size.

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Letter about abortion

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The main concerns of Americans are jobs and the economy, so how did the conversation change to abortion? The new members of Congress have abandoned jobs and the economy and focused on restricting women’s access to abortion. Pro- ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center Receives $100,000 Capital Grant from McKnight Foundation

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

Lanesboro, Minnesota: Lanesboro Arts Center has been awarded a grant of $100,000 from the McKnight Foundation to provide capital support for the development of the Lanesboro Arts Campus, which includes the Lanesboro Arts Center gallery building, th ..... 
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Fun for the whole family in Sylvan Park on April 28

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

You won’t want to miss the day of fun at the Root River Valley Earth Day Celebration put on by the Lanesboro community and Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. There will be something for everyone. The event runs from 10 am- 2 pm in Sylvan ..... 
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Commonweal offers free performances to Fillmore and Houston County residents and employees

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

LANESBORO, MN — The Commonweal Theatre Company announces performance dates in 2012 for its Free County Nights Program. Theatre-lovers living and/or working in Fillmore or Houston Counties may attend Ibsen’s compelling drama Pillars of Society on ..... 
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Announcing call for entries for upcoming Exhibition Gallery shows at Lanesboro Arts Center

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

Announcing a call for entries for artist work to exhibit in solo or two-person shows in the Exhibition Gallery at Lanesboro Arts Center in 2013 and 2014. The Lanesboro Arts Center is located at 103 Parkway Ave. N. in Lanesboro, Minnesota, and attra ..... 
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Lanesboro Art Center call for entries

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

Announcing a call for entries for artist work to exhibit in solo or two-person shows in the Exhibition Gallery at Lanesboro Arts Center in 2013 and 2014. The Lanesboro Arts Center is located at 103 Parkway Ave. N. in Lanesboro, Minnesota, and attra ..... 
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Rasmussen ~ Lange

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Tessa Rasmussen and Kurt Lange, both of Lanesboro, Minn., are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride are Janet Kemple of Rochester and John Rasmussen of Prior Lake. Mother of the groom is Judy Lange ..... 
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Announcing call for Visual Artists for “Art in the Park”

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

The Lanesboro Arts Center would like to invite artists to submit an application for inclusion in the Annual Father’s Day “Art in the Park” Festival, to be held on Sunday, June 17, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Sylvan Park, Lanesboro, Minneso ..... 
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