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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the district. Two spoke directly to the facilities debate.

“I want to thank the board for their work,” said Sandy Rumstik. “It takes a lot of time and sacrifice, and I’m willing to pay whatever it takes to sacrifice for them [the students]. I commend you. Keep at it. It’s so important,” she continued.

Board member Peterson, a vocal opponent to the school’s past New School Initiative, took the brunt of other comments. “You use your seat to perpetuate your personal issue with Mr. Ehler. I see you as negative, as anti-education. I find it appalling,” said Joellen Bingaman. “I think you have you own personal agenda and your axe is sharpened by the minions who voted you in. Things don’t last forever and you won’t.”

A brief banter between Peterson and Bingaman was halted by board Chairwoman Angela Colbenson, who advised that comments be directed at the board for advisement, rather than conversation on the issue. Discussions then turned to ongoing talks revolving around a potential flip-flop move of middle school grades to the Rushford facility and upper elementary grades to Peterson, also a hot button issue for the community.

“I think we need to see more pros and cons as to why we’re considering making this realignment,” said Judi Tekautz. “There doesn’t appear to be much discussion. The experts, the teachers, have told us about the benefits of the closed setting for the kids over there. You want to transport those grades to Peterson, but they have their sports practices in Rushford and grades 7-8 have theirs in Peterson. It seems counterintuitive; a bad use of resources. You want to make those fourth and fifth grades line up and wait for a bus, when they should be running off energy before school. It’s a bad age to be bussed, and it seems a poor use of their time. There seems to be more potential for negative consequences.”

Superintendent Chuck Ehler spoke concisely and positively, seemingly to both issues brought up by those in attendance. “At the May 29 meeting, this came about with an administrative recommendation. There is still ongoing discussion. Let’s take a breath, before the guns come out let’s l .....
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Rushford-Peterson Schools Fall Sports parent and student eligibility meeting

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

Our annual Fall Sports Parent and Student Eligibility Night has been set for Thursday, August 1. All students in grades 7-12 planning to participate in a fall sport need to attend this meeting. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in the the ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School Honor Roll

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

A Honor Roll Quarter 4 Grade 9: Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Minju Jeong, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O’Hare, Rachel O’Shaughnessy, Caleb Thompson, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter Grade 10: Courtney Gravos, Connor Jo ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board Student Representative

Thu, May 23rd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools would like to recognize the time and efforts that Senior Rebecca Munson has contributed to the board of education over the last 2 years. At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, the R-P Board of Education and Administrator ..... 
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R-P continues with analysis

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The R-P School Board has approved a Comprehensive Educational Analysis and Facility Engineering Analysis. Provided by architectural firm ATS&R and ICS Consulting, the analysis will provide a thorough picture of the district’s needs. “In my opi ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson referendum denied

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

In the Rushford-Peterson gymnasium lobby Wednesday, voters choose whether or not to move the district’s plans of a new, $15 million Early Childhood-Grade 5 facility forward. In a margin of 993 to 658 (60.15 percent to 39.85 percent) that plan was ..... 
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R-P continues working towards new elementary facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

At the September 17 board meeting, Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, and Gary Benson, of ICS Consulting, were on hand with updates on the proposed early childhood through grade 5 facility. A “Review and Comment,” required by the Minnes ..... 
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Peterson Kid's Club finishes annual Community Service Project

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

Kids’ Club, a school-age child care program through Rushford-Peterson Community Education, just finished their annual Community Service project. They advertised for and sold lemonade, then took the proceeds and purchased food for the Semcac Foodsh ..... 
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R-P looking at phased new facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

After losing out on various state funding for its New School Initiative for a new pre-K-12 facility, R-P is leaving no stone unturned looking at alternative options. This includes an option for a two-part phased construction of the facility instead ..... 
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