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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 offices, but additional efforts have been mulled over. Late last year, the district modified policy for school usage times and documentation following concerns over entry to the facility during non-school hours. The district has also revised actual entry points to the facilities during school hours, now limiting it to east elementary and south playground doors at the elementary/high school in Rushford and one north door at the middle school in Peterson. All other doors locked to the facilities are locked at 8:15 a.m., remaining locked until 3:15 p.m.

The district also utilizes a system of security cameras at the northwest entrance and in the gymnasium, but even that is limited. “It records, but doesn’t tip you off,” stated Superintendent Chuck Ehler. “If someone coming in with intent to do harm, it’s after the fact. There’s nothing you can do to prevent it.” Also noted was the unalterable situation of having none of the district offices near entrances. “Part of the dilemma is the flow of traffic,” added Ehler, citing frustration. “You’d be surprised at the number of people in and out of our building on a given day.”

Looking at two options for increased security, the district sought out price quotes on both additional camera systems and Airphone system, which requires visitors to identify themselves to the office and be “buzzed” in. With the latter, unidentifiable persons would require office staff to physically walk down to the doors for identification. Both systems would allow monitoring in four office areas. The cameras and monitors option was quoted as $2,000 for the equipment and wiring and would be installed by district staff and Norman’s Electric Service (NES). The Airphone system, which would be installed by Per Mar Security and NES, rang in significantly higher at $8,800.

While the camera system could be transferrable to the new facility, Ehler stressed that the district will looking for a complete system, with doors that lock and unlock via scheduled programming, as well as additional features.

Board Director Jon Pettit questioned whether having a keyfob or card system for door entry would address the issu .....
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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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Rushford-Peterson approves Design Team format

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

With a successful $38.1 million referendum, for a new facility, under their belt, the R-P School Board voted November 17 to move the initiative forward to the next stages. Nearly 30 packed into the high school biology room for the meeting, includi ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools new school information

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools and ATS&R will be holding a community input meeting for the planning and designing of our new school building on Monday, December 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the high school science rooms, 3rd floor. If you would like to have som ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School 1st quarter honor roll

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

6th Grade: A Honors: Paige Dailey, Megan Ekern, Alayna Helgemoe, Hailey Jenkins, Hannah Linder, Julia Maynard, Luke O’Hare, Isabelle Olson, Josiah Rasmussen, Emma Schuster, Jonah Sievers, Hale Stensgard, Lily Thompson B Honors: Bradley Colbens ..... 
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