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Rushford-Peterson approves progressive discipline addendum


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The R-P School Board has a new face on the panel for the 2015-2016 school year. Senior Clara Weiser, daughter of Mark and Molly Weiser, pictured at right, will be serving in the capacity of Board of Education Student Representative. Also pictured, at left, is Board Director Julie Koop. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

By Kirsten Zoellner

The Rushford-Peterson School Board voted unanimously to approve an addendum to its student handbooks regarding progressive discipline. The policy had drawn some concern in recent months over a lack of clear definition. In July, when the board approved the handbooks, it was requested that district administration work to include and define progressive discipline in the handbook. The addendum addressed this request and lays out options that may be exercised by the district in response to incidents.

“It is the general policy of the school district to utilize progressive discipline to the extent reasonable and appropriate based upon the specific facts and circumstances of student conduct. The specific form of discipline chosen in a particular case is solely within the discretion of the school district,” states subsection A of section II, “Disciplinary Action.”

“At a minimum, violation of school district rules, regulations, policies or procedures will result in discussion of the violation and a verbal warning. The school district shall, however, impose more severe disciplinary sanctions for any violation, including exclusion or expulsion, if warranted by the student’s misconduct, as determined by the school district.”

Disciplinary actions spelled out in the section include a meeting with the teacher, counselor or principal; detention, loss of school privileges, a parental conference with school staff, a modification to school programs, removal from class, suspension, exclusion, and expulsion. It is noted that disciplinary action may take the form of one or more of these consequences, but is also not limited to them. “Progressive Discipline is a disciplinary model that responds to inappropriate student behavior as needed, but also fosters positive behaviors throughout the school environment, so as to reduce the occurrence of negative behaviors,” notes subsection B of the policy addendum.

Board Director Taylor Peterson suggested the policy or something similar be added to the staff handbook as well. Superintendent Ehler noted it would be a topic consideration for inclusion. Board Chairman John Linder cautioned that there may be some union issues with doing so, but that the item could certainly be brought up.

In other news, the board has also approved an application to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for additional access to funding .....
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Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber ribbon-cutting

Fri, Aug 21st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for L&L Volkman Auto Body Repair on August 14 to welcome the new business and new Chamber member. Leigh and Kayla Volkman own and operate the business and employ two full-time employees. Leig ..... 
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Wedding - Peterson ~ Schmitt

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

Kaitlyn Peterson and Lucas Schmitt of Hawkeye, Iowa were united in marriage on June 27, 2015, at Hutchinson Family Farm Campground in Decorah, Iowa. Parents of the couple are Jon and Lori Peterson of Peterson, Minn., and Steve and Connie Schmitt o ..... 
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Peterson adopts new water rate; moves on ADA compliance issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson is aware that current water rates will not generate enough revenue to cover costs. The item has been on the forefront of council discussions, but took a backseat as the County 25 project was prepped and begun. With the project u ..... 
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Peterson holds two meetings over sidewalk debate

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson City Council held two special meetings, within four days of each other, to discuss the proposed inclusion of sidewalks on the west side of south Church Street. The July 23, the council allowed the public to comment and ask questions of ..... 
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Special Peterson meeting ends without permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson held a special meeting Wednesday, July 22, to consider the moving of an electrical utility pole at 109 Mill Street. The property owners, Gary and Shirley Quarve have requested to move the pole and service to accommodate a garage ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approve contracts for 2015-2016

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board approved a number of housekeeping items at the Monday, July 20 meeting, including staffing requests and annual agreements with Hiawatha Mental Health Center, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, and Minneso ..... 
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Roger Wertanen going strong at 75

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

What adjectives come to mind when you read the phrase “75 year-old retiree with a pacemaker”? Would you think of words such as “fit, competitive, active, fast, and driven”? Well, if you knew Roger Wertanen, you might have thought of those ..... 
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Peterson school repurposing meeting set

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

All members of the Peterson City Council were in attendance at the regular meeting on July 8. After approval of agenda, prior minutes, and June Claims and Receipts, the council was addressed by Chuck Ehler and John Linder, representing the school di ..... 
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