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A positive audit report for Fillmore Central


Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

At Fillmore Central’s recent school board meeting, Jason Boynton of Smith and Schafer presented the annual audit report.

Boynton said expenditures were down a little, with a slight decrease in administrative costs. The general fund has been in the positive for several years. There was $6 million in revenue, with expenditures being a little less. He said the fund balance is pretty good right now.

The food service is operating at positive with $32,420 set aside for capital funds. The community services fund balance has been built up a little and is now at $79,381.

Outstanding debt is just under $4 million. Some of the bonds will be paid off soon. OPEB (other post-employment benefits) funds have a balance of $377,000.

Boynton said the district is operating strong with 60 percent of expenditures in the general fund balance. He didn’t see any problems.

Technology update

Neil Lundgren spoke to the board about the recent technology updates made at both the Harmony and Preston sites.

Over the summer, Lundgren and Aaron Janssen worked at upgrading the network. They replaced old hardware, switches and hubs. He said the old equipment they tore out was very outdated, and the new equipment will run faster and more efficiently. They also installed new IP camera systems in each building. They replaced the wireless hardware, and there are now access points in the classrooms instead of the hallways.

In the future, Lundgren said they are looking at an IP phone system, which is wireless. They have purchased two to test at $140 each.

Lundgren said what they learned this summer was incredible, and he thanked the board for their support.

Principal reports

Principal Heath Olstad said the total sales at the Elementary Scholastic Book Fair were $6,200, which is more than last year. The school will be getting $3,700 in Scholastic Dollars to purchase more books for the library.

The Scholar Club program was on November 19 for students who received a GPA of 3.5 or higher last year. Kerry and Jane Kingsley were the guest speakers.

The K-6 Holiday Concert is coming up on December 1 at 7 p.m. The choir concert is December 8, and the 5-12 band concert is December 15.

Community Ed.

Keith informed the board the Community Ed. director, Angie Kaase spoke with the Lions Cl .....
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FCHS to host financial aid/college information night

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a Financial Aid/College Information Night on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center. A representative from St. Mary’s University in Winona will be here with a financial aid pr ..... 
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Fillmore Central students prepare for college

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

With the first quarter of the school year already gone, some Fillmore Central High School students are making plans for their futures. At the school board meeting on October 28, Principal Heath Olstad stated juniors would be attending a college f ..... 
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The Preston High School class of 1949 celebrated their 65th reunion on September 18

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The party was hosted by Ila Mae Olstad at her home in Preston. Assisting serving a delicious dinner were Marie (Ila’s daughter) Shirley (daughter-in-law), and Sue (like a daughter). It was a beautiful day filled with lots of reminiscing. 1st Row ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Band

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Congratulations to the following Fillmore Central High School band students on being selected to the 2014 Three Rivers Conference Honor Band: Kaitlyn Aug, bass clarinet, Katie Tammel, horn, Courtney Schroeder, horn, Sara Schultz, clarinet, Anna Chri ..... 
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Donations to Fillmore Central Readiness program

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Preston Area Community Foundation, along with a matching grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation,recently donated a combined $6,000 to the Fillmore Central School Readiness program. School Readiness is available to eligible child ..... 
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Fillmore Central projects nearing completion

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

There were multiple projects going on at both the Harmony and Preston sites of Fillmore Central Schools, and all of them are winding down as the first day of school approaches. Principal Heath Olstad said the sprinkler system at the high school h ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools – Mini grant program

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

A “mini grant” program has been continued for the 18th straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District. Grants of up to $500 each have ..... 
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Fillmore Central projects underway

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

There are multiple construction and capital improvement projects going on at Fillmore Central Schools this summer. Principal Heath Olstad and Dean Chris Mensink updated the school board on the progress at their brief mid-summer meeting on July 22. ..... 
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