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Fillmore Central School Board discusses student safety


Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board discussed concerns people had brought to them about the safety of the school in light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut. Superintendent Richard Keith said he had received a few phone calls about the subject.

“We don’t want to turn the school into a fortress, but we want to be secure,” said Keith.

Keith said the entrances for SAC and daycare need to be looked at. The one for daycare is locked right now all the time, with a camera and a buzzer system. He said they are looking at options for replacing locks on classroom doors. Right now, they must be locked from the outside. It would be nicer to have a door that can be key locked from the inside, but still able to be opened from the inside.

Dean Chris Mensink said they now have numbers for all of the entryways to make things easier for emergency responders. They have to have five lock-down drills a year, as well as fire and tornado drills.

Mensink also mentioned that the fire department needs to do a walk-through in the building to be sure everyone knows the safest exits. Right now, the closest exit for the daycare is a stairway, and it would be difficult for the staff to take all of the infants down the stairs in an emergency.

High School Principal Heath Olstad said he has been very impressed with the staff and their responses, especially when there was an actual fire at the high school a couple of years ago. He said they take the drills very seriously.

All of the doors at the high school are locked during the day, except for the two main doors, which are opened during the lunch hour.

“I’m happy with where we’re at, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be better,” said Olstad.

Each teacher has an Emergency Preparedness booklet with instructions on how to handle every emergency situation.

Levy Approved

The board approved the 2012 payable 2013 tax levy at their regular meeting on December 18. Superintendent Richard Keith presented the board with information about the budget and the levy. There were no citizens present for the Truth in Taxation hearing.

Keith mentioned that the district had put a lot more money into technology this year, and also had to hire a third kindergarten teacher, and there is a slight increase (around two percent) in the general fund budget.

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Fillmore Central sells facility bonds for HVAC project

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Patty Heminover of Springsted financial advisors gave the Fillmore Central School Board some great news at their regular meeting on November 27. She informed the board that the alternative facilities bonds were sold at a competitive ..... 
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FC Club isn’t “camera shy”

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

Students at Fillmore Central High School have an opportunity that most kids in the area do not, and that is the opportunity to learn more about photography, share their pictures with others, and explore their interest by joining the Photography Club ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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Fillmore Central passes on Special Ed. consortium

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

At the regular Fillmore Central School Board meeting, Superintendent Richard Keith informed the board about a request from a southern Minnesota special education consortium to join with the district. According to Keith, it is sometimes difficult ..... 
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The Fillmore Central High School Band

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central High School Band Department will have 8 students proudly represent its school at the 2012 Three Rivers Honor Music Festival. The event will be held at St. Charles High School on Monday, November 5th, 2012. Students are selected ..... 
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Fillmore Central Dollars for Scholars changes its name

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

As of October 1, 2012, Fillmore Central Dollars for Scholars has a new name - Fillmore Central Scholarship Foundation. The local scholarship committee was recently informed that the annual fee to be affiliated with Scholarship America would be ra ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves winter coaches

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

Coaches for winter sports were approved at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on September 25, 2012. Athletic Director Chris Mensink informed the board of the choices and the numbers for each sport. According to Mensink, there are 53 boys ..... 
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2012 Summer Reading at Preston Public Library

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

We had a fantastic Summer Reading Program this year, and we extend Congratulations to all of our successful summer readers! A total of 85 participated in Preston Public Library’s “Dream Big, Read!” reading program. Little ones in the Cuddle Me ..... 
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