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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 of a one-time construction.

A proposal by Dean Beeninga and Eric Anderson of ATS&R and Gary Benson of ICS Consulting has given the district new material to digest that begins with a “Phase One” facility that would house either pre-K-4 or pre-K-5. With the phased scenario, the district is could be looking at a 2013 construction and 2014 occupancy. Once a plan is selected, a five-month design time is needed before the district can go out for bidding. First, however, the community would need to back the $14 million project through a referendum.

The project would allow for flexibility at the facility, including pre-K programs, with three rooms designated for pre-K and kindergarten levels, and two rooms, plus an extra “swing room” for each grade 1 through 4. The merits of having fifth grade students with either the older or younger grades is up for debate, as is the need for retrofitting the current elementary facility to serve older students. The middle school students would essentially move into 11 of the elementary rooms, as well as some shared spaces with the high school students, but the current elementary facility is geared towards younger students and some areas would need upgrading.

“If the masterplan is leaving, it’s tough to put money into the facilities,” noted Beeninga, who did acknowledge that upgrades would have to be made.

“The community cares what happens to these buildings,” countered board member Beth Stanford.

“Over the years, you’ve moved into every corner, every closet that you could. You’ll need to move into the best spaces possible for air quality, teaching, and needs,” added Beeninga.

The district will have its principals conduct a work study to see how the big picture of a middle school to elementary facility move would fit together. An estimate on retrofitting costs will also need to be known. A special meeting for August 8 at 5:30pm, has been designated to allow the board to completely analyze the various options and impacts.

As to when a possible referendum could show up on a ballot for the community, it appears the majority favor late 2012. According to ICS Consulta .....
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Rushford-Peterson fall activities

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Sports

Welcome to another year of Rushford-Peterson activities. Students wanting to participate in a fall activity need to plan to attend the fall parent and student eligibility night on Thursday, August 9. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in t ..... 
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Gammel Dag highlights its Norwegian heritage

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

Just as in the “Good Old Days,” this weekend’s Gammel Dag festival in Peterson will bring revisit countless forms of Scandinavian heritage, including arts, dance, and games through modern interpretation. The Vesterheim Museum, of Decorah, Io ..... 
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Peterson gears up for Gammel Dag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Features

Who hasn’t heard someone complain about missing the good old days? Luckily, Peterson has a solution to the nostalgia with its 31st annual Gammel Dag (Norwegian for “Good Old Days”). Scheduled for Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17, the ..... 
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Lester G. Bellock

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Lester G. Bellock, 70, of Peterson, died Monday, May 7, 2012, in Rushford. Lester was born on April 4, 1942, in La Crosse, Wis. to Neil and Emma (Halvorson) Bellock. He was raised and attended school in Rushford. Lester lived briefly in Sou ..... 
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Richard Lance

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Richard “Dick” Lance, age 60, of Peterson, Minn. died on Thursday, April 19, 2012, following a battle with liver cancer since October of 2011. Dick was born on November 29, 1951, in Cirencester, England to William and Dorothy (Harris) L ..... 
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R-P may catch a break with flood mitigation bill

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

The district continues to take strides to see its New School Initiative become a reality. It was announced in March that the district’s need had been recognized by the the House Finance Committee who recommended funding of the initiative to the bo ..... 
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Pastor Leah Cook McDowell

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Pastor Leah Cook McDowell died Wednesday morning, March 21, at her home in rural Peterson, Minnesota. She was born October 30, 1976, in Winona to Sonja and Duane Cook. She attended Rushford-Peterson Schools, spending her junior and senior ..... 
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