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Fillmore Central School Board changes snow day policy


Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Due to the harsh winter and many snow days that came with it, the Fillmore Central School Board discussed the current policy in regards to make-up days.

The current policy states the first snow day is forgiven, and after that the district must make up the next five. Going by this policy, the school would have to make up four days at the end of the school year. This would put the last student day at June 9 and the last teacher day June 10.

In the new policy that was recommended, the first snow day will be forgiven, but the district must make up the next three days by adding them to the end of the school year. Teachers must use PTO or complete staff development programs to make up for any missed days beyond the first four. The teacher’s contracts are approved for a certain amount of days per year.

Superintendent Richard Keith suggested they set the last day of school for the students to be June 5, with teachers coming back on June 6. He said the city of Harmony has been asking when school will be finished so they can begin the 1st Avenue street repair project.

Board member Emily Ellis said that was not what the policy committee decided, and asked why they even have a meeting if what they decide is not followed.

Board member Deb Ristau was concerned about the staff development programs, and how they would be monitored. Keith said they can set up online staff development the teachers can do from home, including activities on Schoology.

“I don’t want to make it sound like we don’t think the teachers are doing what they should be, because we do,” said Ristau. “I just don’t want to complicate things.”

Jim Love, who is on the policy committee, stated the policy will never be perfect. “It’s going to be ever evolving,” he said, adding they thought they had a policy that would cover everything, but this winter was unexpectedly harsh.

The board approved the first reading of the changed policy. They also set the last day of school for students to be Friday, June 5, which is a half a day. Teachers will return on Monday, June 9 for a work day.

Principal Reports

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Birth Announcement - Ryland Marshall Craig

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Ryland Marshall Craig was born on Sunday, January 5 at 12:41 p.m. in Princeton, Minn.. His parents are Lee and Teresa Craig of Elk River, Minn. Ryland weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20 ¼ inches long. Grandparents are Norm & Sheila Craig, Preston, ..... 
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National Trout Center has new program director

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Board of Directors of the National Trout Center has announced that they have selected Richard L. Enochs as the program coordinator for the 2014 season. Mr. Enochs lives in Winona, Minn. with his wife Nancy. Rich is a retired business professi ..... 
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Kenneth William McBride

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kenneth William McBride, 84, of Preston, Minn., passed away peacefully Monday, March 17, 2014, at his residence. Kenneth was born February 12, 1930, on the family farm in rural Olmsted County, to William & Emma (Oldenburg) McBride. He lived most o ..... 
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Kay Christine Hines Laging

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kay Christine Hines Laging, age 74, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center. Kay was born August 18, 1939, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., the daughter of Sidney and Frances ..... 
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In the Service - Chelsea R. Larro

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Chelsea R. Larro of Preston, Minn. received her commission as an officer in the United States Navy, Medical Service Corp. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in psychology (honors) from Mankato State University, she was accepted to Loyola Univ ..... 
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Preston calls for hearing initiating TIF process

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 17 Preston City Council meeting a resolution was adopted to set a public hearing on April 21 regarding a plan to set up tax increment financing district (TIF) number 8. If an industrial park is developed at the southwest corner of th ..... 
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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 11 to pass a resolution to issue bonds for projects at both the Preston and Harmony sites. The district is going to finance approximately $4,660,000 in projects with no increase in ..... 
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Preston Area Community Foundation dinner, auction to be held March 24

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Area Community Foundation will hold its 8th Annual Dinner, Auction & Celebration on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Branding Iron Supper Club in Preston, Minn. Social Hour will be hosted from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 ..... 
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