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R-P Superintendent highlights board policies


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Monday, October 19 Rushford-Peterson School Board meeting saw only two items of businesses. Addressed by Superintendent Chuck Ehler, the first item was a direct result of a heated special board meeting September 28. At that meeting, for bid review and awarding for the construction of the new early childhood-grade 12 facility, members of the public and the board made direct comments to each other and individuals after a motion to allow public comments was denied.

The item agenda was to review school board policy of open and closed meetings and public hearings, as well as public participation in school board meetings. “These are policies we have already in place?” asked Board Chairman John Linder.

“Correct. This is the current policy and it was asked that we review those so I took the liberty to outline and highlight some of those areas for you,” responded Ehler.

Policy 205, regarding open and closed meetings, is defined and was highlighted. “’Meeting’ means a gathering of at least a quorum or more members of the school board or quorum of a committee or subcommittee of school board members, as which members discuss, decide, or receive information as a group on issues relating to the official business of the school board. The term does not include a chance or social gathering or the use of social media by members of a public body so long as the social media use is limited to exchanges with all members of the general public. For purposes of the Open Meeting Law, social media does not include e-mail.”

“Policy 206, I would draw your attention to 206-3, item number 5, the public’s opportunity to be heard,” began Ehler. “The school board will strive to give all citizens of the school district an opportunity to be heard and to have complaints considered and evaluated, within the limits of the law and this policy and subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.’ We’re just making sure that our policies are in alignment with guidelines that we have set up for every person wishing to be heard. We ask those individuals to review the policies before they address the board.”

Under Policy 206 procedures, eight items of procedure are noted. First, that citizens wishing to have a subject discussed at a public meeting are encouraged to notify the district in advance of the meeting, providing name, address, the name of the group represented, and the subject t .....
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Finding balance in the workplace

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

When it comes to operating a small business, Sarah Peterson, of Peterson Creative Photography and Design, admits that finding balance can be fine line juggling act, but one that’s critical. “Small business owners have to be good at balance. That ..... 
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Peterson council looks to commercial zoning issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson Planning Commission continues its efforts to update the city zoning ordinance and has run into its fair share of hiccups along the way. At the Wednesday, October 14 city council meeting, commission member and councilor Loren Rue stated ..... 
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NOTICE OF Council Meeting city of peterson

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

NOTICE OF Council Meeting city of peterson Notice is hereby given that the council will meet at 7:00 p.m. on October 26, 2015 at City Hall, 118 Fillmore Street to consider, and possibly adopt, the proposed assessment for Improvement No. 2015-2, th ..... 
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NOTICE OF Council Meeting city of peterson

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

NOTICE OF Council Meeting city of peterson Notice is hereby given that the council will meet at 7:00 p.m. on October 26, 2015 at City Hall, 118 Fillmore Street to consider, and possibly adopt, the proposed assessment for Improvement No. 2015-1, th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson groundbreaking ceremony

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is pleased to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for the new EC-12th grade school to be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m. at R-P Schools Niggle Field. In November, 2014, Rushford-Peterson Schools held a refer ..... 
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Knowledge and positivity: cancer’s biggest opponents

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

Carol Johnson never thought it would happen to her. Cancer. The 62-year young rural Peterson woman reflects on her 2014 diagnosis and recovery with positivity, but admits she never saw it coming. A healthy, active woman, Carol credits early detect ..... 
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Peterson Middle School Repurposing Meeting

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Legals

There will be a meeting for anyone interested in participating with ideas for the repurposing of the Peterson Middle School on Monday, October 5 at 7:00pm in the Middle School Lunch Room. Architect David Kane with Widseth Smith Nolting & Associates ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

In the Monday, September 28, 2015 issue of the Fillmore County Journal it was stated in the article “Lawsuit started against R-P School District” that the meeting for redeveloping the Peterson Middle School is October 12 at 7 p.m. It is actually ..... 
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