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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 current facilities.

Glen Palecek, who owns a 52-acre parcel east of the new school site, was first to begin discussion on district plans. When the district purchased its parcel, Palecek was granted a 66-foot easement on the south and east sides of district land. He maintains he is in favor of the new school and would like to see it built, but that are issues with current plans, including preliminary drawings which show parking and a playground on the easement, a violation of the agreement to keep the area clear at all times.

District Superintendent Chuck Ehler noted the drawings are no longer current and that a revised plan is in place. “I’ve seen five plans and all grossly violate my rights,” responded Palecek. “We don’t know what’s going on and that’s the reason we’re here.”

“I can’t understand how the plan got a positive review and comment,” added Board Director Taylor Peterson, discussing Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) approval of the plans. “I wish the department would have seen what we see. I can’t believe they gave a positive review with all the errors.” It was suggested that MDE was unaware of the Palecek easement. “If they didn’t know about this, why didn’t someone inform them?” asked Peterson.

Palecek suggested two options that he believed would allow the district to build the facilitity and honor his property rights. The first is for a street to be built completely around the new facility. “It’s called an easement, but it could be called ‘roadway property,’” he added. The second option, according to Palecek would be for the district to purchase the upper meadow acreage for the school site. “I don’t want to sell, but I think it’s the right place.” He further maintains several parties are interested in the parcel including two developers, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Nature Conservancy. Board Chairman John Linder suggest Palecek put together a proposal or offer, but the district made no comment on whether or not its interested in the parcel.

Additionally requested calculations for amendments to the lower parcel of land owned by the district .....
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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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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board met Monday, March 15 and once again debated issues raised at previous meetings. At the February meeting, a summary by ATS&R architect Dean Beeninga on the New School Initiative prompted some discussion of an altern ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson hits at security issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The R-P School District is considering options for increased security measures at the school in light of parent concerns last October. A policy for identification of staff and visitors is in place, with all non-authorized personnel to check in at ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves bond sale

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

A special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board was called Thursday, January 15 for the purpose of adopting a debt compliance policy and to approve the sale of bonds. All members of the board were present, including new directors Joyce Ivers ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show opens January 10

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

Lanesboro Arts will present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, showcasing work by 9-12th grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, and Rushford-Peterson High Schools. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, January 10 fro ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson responds to concerns; renews superintendent contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Due to time constraints at the December 17 school board meeting, a special meeting was called December 22. The meeting was well attended by the public, as was the previous meeting, with more than 20 citizens waiting to hear the district’s respon ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson faces tough questions on new school issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Talk moves swiftly in tight-knit communities and recent rumblings over potential problems with Rushford-Peterson’s New School Initiative, and the subsequent referendum, led more than 55 citizens to pack into the high school biology room for the ..... 
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Students can win with Merchants Bank Money Ball in Rushford

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Area students will have a chance to win some money with Money Ball from Merchants Bank. The first chance comes during halftime of the Rushford boys basketball game against Lanesboro, Friday, December 5. Three participants, 5th ..... 
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