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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 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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Rushford-Peterson Middle School 4th quarter honor roll

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

Grade 8 A Honors: Cora Bauer, Kaitlyn Bieberdorf, Chloe Bunke, Chealsy Eide, Isabelle Gile, Kjersta Hinz, Peyton Hoiness, Lauren Lawston, Abbylyn Malone, Cassidy Meldahl, Nolan Mueller, Megan Oian, Merrill Schroeder, and Julissa Trejo B Honors: ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School 4th quarter honor roll

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

A Honors Grade 9: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Michael Ekern, Payton Hahn, Olivia Hoff, Derek Jannsen, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Jordan McNamer, and Matthew Strapp Grade 10: Ashley Agr ..... 
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R-P School Board approves extended leave amid concerns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

For several months, the R-P School Board has been gathering information regarding a request for an extended leave of absence from teacher Judy Vix. Twice the issue has been tabled pending more information. At the Monday, June 15 meeting, the issue w ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson announces 2015 summer meal program

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

This summer, all children ages birth to 18, REGARDLESS of income level, will be able to eat FREE breakfasts and lunches at school Monday thru Friday beginning June 1-September 2 during designated serving times. Breakfast from 8-9 a.m. Lunch fr ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson hears caution from public, board members

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Monday, May 18 R-P School Board meeting was limited in agenda mainly to changes in staffing, end of year housekeeping, and approval of both district and Minnesota Department of Education policies. However, both public comment and board member co ..... 
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R-P sifts through school project, current facilities, student incident

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

While the R-P School Board agenda for Monday, April 20 may have largely been dedicated to approval of personnel changes, the majority of discussion related to continuation of plans for the new school facility and repair and redevelopment of the cu ..... 
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Lois Roberton Nursing Scholarship for local nursing students

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for this year’s Lois Roberton Nursing scholarship are currently being accepted. Through the generosity and vision of the late Lois Roberton, Rushford Community Found ..... 
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